Leaman's Green Applebarn

7475 North River Road
Freeland, MI 48623

989-695-2465

History:

For 125 years and seven generations the Leaman family has nurtured and tended the family farm. In 1889, John Welzein Sr. and Sophie Paulitz Welzein came to America from Germany and bought 14.5 acres of land. Starting out as a fruit stand Leaman’s Green Appplebarn has grown into a family fun destination spot. They have expanded from 14 acres to 100 acres total, and 10 acres of trees throughout the years. It wasn’t until 1925 when Harry Leaman married 3rd generation Leona Welzein, that the “Leaman” name was introduced. Harry and Leona had one son Jack, who later married Jacquelyn “Jacquie” Dudewitz. Jack and Jacquie expanded the business by building the main barn and store to sell apples, cider and baked goods. They also added many rows of raspberries, blackberries and pumpkins. Jack and Jacquie have four children, Jaye, Jill, John and Jim. John has two sons Curtis and Dequan. Jaye married Alan Reisinger and have four children, Chris, Nick, Jamie and Sara. Jamie married California native Robert "Bobby" Jones and have two children, Silas and Margot Jones. They are the beginning of the seventh generation. Currently, Jaye and John are the owners and caretakers of Leaman’s and are continually adding to provide a family fun experience to the community.

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