|Main entrance at 405 Boyer Nursery Road, Biglerville, PA|
|Rural landscape from Boyer Nurseries & Orchards|
With nearly 500 acres in fruit production, apples are their largest commodity. Their home farm market is open seasonally beginning with sweet cherries in June and followed by sour cherries, apricots, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and of course, apples. Most apples support local processor, Knouse Foods Cooperative.
Apple season begins mid-August with varieties continually harvested through the end of October. Cold storage helps keep apples fresh to supply their farm market through December 23rd. Boyer offers about 40 different kinds of apples throughout the year and sells them directly from the farm Monday-Saturday 7AM-5PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM, and on location at the Outlet Shoppes in Gettysburg at Friday’s farmers’ market from 9:30AM-2:00PM. Boyer has been a contributing vendor with the Adams County Farmers’ Market Association for seven years.
|Loads of seasonal fresh fruit including over |
40 varieties of apples!
Emma Lower, a member of the fifth generation of the Boyer/Lower family, works at the Nursery and attributes Boyer’s success to its ability to stay diverse and adapt to the economic times.
In the 1960-1970s her Great-Grandmother created the Garden Center (pictured below) to address the increasing demand of back-yard trees and plants. Boyer’s Garden Center offers superior customer service to other retailers, and gives customers a more hand-on approach to creating and maintaining their landscapes. They’ve also recently expanded into professional landscape design and installation.
|Boyer's Nurseries offers a wide array of |
trees, shrubs and perennials.
One of the most popular events at of Boyer Nurseries is “Pick Your Own Cherries” beginning mid-June. Customers can bring family and harvest fresh fruit direct from the orchard. Sweet cherry picking has been a popular draw since the tradition began many years ago. Boyer also offers pick-you-own sour cherries, blueberries, and apples.
In October, The National Apple Harvest contributes a lot of consumer traffic. During the festival, Boyer Nurseries offers live entertainment by Ray Owen, access to their evergreen hedge maze, apple picking, and Bruster’s Ice Cream. These forms of “agri-tainment” have created a loyal customer base, which appreciates the hands-on interactions with the nursery.