From apples to donuts, cider, and more, the Douglas Orchard & Cider Mills on Route 74 has something for everyone. Open year round, the offerings from the Shoreham orchard follow the seasons: pick-your-own apples as well as fresh-pressed cider, cherries, and pears in the fall, and raspberries in the summer. Locals have been coming for decades, and tourists stop by too.

Fourth-generation farmers, brothers Scott and Bob Douglas tend this thriving Shoreham farm. When their ancestors purchased the farm in 1898 they started with 50 acres and, like all family farms back then, had a mix of livestock and crops. They milked cows through the 1920s and ’30s. Since then, they’ve grown into a thriving apple orchard. “They’ve done an amazing job of adapting their farm to an ever-changing agricultural economy,” says VLT’s Al Karnatz.

The Douglas family joined with VLT to protect the Shoreham orchard’s 181 acres. “It’s unlikely that there will be a fifth generation to take over,” Scott Douglas explained. “But before selling the property, we wanted to protect the land from future development. We’ve worked hard to maintain and adapt the orchard over the years. It feels good to ensure it will continue to have a role in Shoreham’s agricultural future.”

Two men standing on farm field with hills in the distance - the Douglas family conserved their orchard with the Vermont Land Trust

“It feels good to ensure [the farm] will continue to have a role in Shoreham’s agricultural future,” says Scott Douglas (right).

 


Funded by VHCB (with matching funds from USDA-NRCS).