Orchard Attracts Locals

Orchard Attracts Locals

The ides of fall are upon us. And while most people may be spending their time watching the leaves turn colors, people are making it a point to check out one of Kent’s finest fall attractions. TV2’s Jon Huntsman has more.

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Going to a haunted house, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, watching football.

These are just some of things people partake in during the fall season.

Or they may head on over to an orchard and pick out some fruit. And at Beckwith Orchard, it’s a great way for people of all ages to get out of the house and do something fun.

Beckwith Orchard is the only orchard in the city of Kent. It has been in business since 1878. This family owned orchard has been attracting kids and adults for quite some time now.

The orchard has several unique features, including a bakery, gift shop and apple variety section. Beckwith also allows tours for anyone interested in knowing more about the orchard.

The orchard is always an exciting time for kids. At the orchard, they can ring a bell and even go on a tractor ride throughout the orchard.

Charlie Beckwith, also known as “The Old Man”, is the current owner of Beckwith Orchard. Beckwith said that the orchard is welcome to anyone in Kent and the surrounding Portage County area. Beckwith said he always wants people to feel comfortable and not feel like they are in a rush to leave.

Beckwith said people who walk in get a kick out of the notice inside the building.

“The one that everybody likes the most is the one up there with our notice,” Beckwith said.

“It says: ‘Beckwith customers are forbidden to hurry.’”

The workers of Beckwith Orchards, however, have been in a hurry to provide the variety of fruit to local customers.

According to Beckwith, output has increased anywhere from 10 to 20 percent.

Right now, the orchard is in high demand of Melrose and Granny Smith apples. Beckwith said that he is very eager to see how these new varieties will fare this month.

“We always look at new varieties coming,” Beckwith said.

“We’ve got Suncrisp. That’s going to be a good one. Zestar, which is really, that’s a Minnesota, University of Minnesota. Just like Honeycrisp is.”

Aside from the great assortment of apple varieties, the orchard is a great place for people to spend time soaking in the fall, family-friendly environment.

It’s not too late to enjoy this one-of-a-kind orchard for yourself.

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