Rollins Orchards

262 Dexter Road
Garland, ME 04939

207-924-3504

About Us:

Today Rollins Orchards is known for growing apples, but the Rollins farm has done many things since 1821. That was when Enoch and Betsey (Ladd) moved to Garland shortly after their marriage. Later their son Daniel married Sarah (Hill) and grew seed corn.

Daniel's son, Ernest, married Alice (Atkins) in 1895. In her diary she noted that apple packers had come to pack the apple barrels for shipping. Ernest and Alice had two children. Marion became a schoolteacher. Fred married Charlotte (Lowell) and they had four children: Carol, Sandra, Ralph, and Shirley Jeanne.

During the 1940's and 1950's Fred would go "peddling" every other week through Howland and Lincoln. He would load up the truck with apples, eggs, dry beans, and garden produce and be gone for two or three days.

His son, Ralph eventually took over the milk cows and the orchards, and also raised a few sheep. He married Jean (Fern) and they had a son, Ernest. As a teenager, Ernest showed ingenuity in expanding the farm in growing pumpkins and squash to sell with the apples, and also making beautiful wreathes at Christmas time. After marrying Andrea (Drazek) in 2002, Ernest continued the cows and the orchards for a few years. Eventually, he decided to focus on the apples.

Today, the Rollins family grows over forty varieties of apples from approximately 1,500 apples trees. We still produce unpasteurized cider which uses only the apples, no additions. We also make hay during the summer, which is sold throughout the year.

In 2012, we expanded into making maple syrup in the spring. In 2013 we made over 190 gallons of maple syrup which we sell at our farm and take to the farmers markets we attend.

Also in 2013, we added a variety of vegetables to our sales, introduced through our farmers markets. We also still continue Ernest's tradition of a wide variety of pumpkins, squash, and gourds.

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