Lincoln Line Orchards is owned by Peter and Mary Bosman. We have a family of six children, 5 girls and one boy. We class this farm as a family farm where every body tries to help in the operation. In peak seasons of labour, pruning or harvest extra help is needed to get the job done.
The farm has been in existence for over 40 years and a lot has changed in those years. The farm is 66 acres and about 45 acres are in orchard production. What used to be standard sized trees is being replaced by smaller dwarf trees systematically over time. These smaller trees make labour so much easier for the orchard farmer as well as the fruit has more colour and size. Often the dwarf trees are staked to give added support and trickle irrigation is added to give the trees the added moisture in drought situations. Moving to dwarf and intensive plantings is the modern management of fruit farming in order to be economically viable.
Lincoln Line Orchards grow many varieties of apples, plums, and pears. In apples Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Cortland, Mutsu, McIntosh and many other varieties are grown. In pears there are Bartlett, Bosc, Flemish Beauty and Anjou. The fruit start to grow in June after pollination in May and generally is harvested from August to November. Many problems can plague the farmer from insects, fungal diseases to hail and can cause havoc; but we thank God for giving us the faith to endure such calamities and to be thankful in good times!