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Pick Your Own

Welcome to the Brock Orchards Pick Your Own. We have worked hard all year to provide a PYO experience that we hope will bring you back for years to come. Please follow along on our Blog to keep up to date as to what varieties will be available.
The Pick Your Own will open up on Sept. 4th at 9am. We will have Macs ready by then.
 
This year we will be offering fresh apple cider, Capt Jacks Cider Donuts and other baked goods. We also will have Pumpkins available for sale by late Sept/ early Oct.
 
Please feel free to use our picnic tables and benches around the orchard and our beautiful pond. Speaking of the pond, if you bring a fishing pole you’re welcome to fish our pond. We do ask that you practice catch and release only please.
 
Please Note:  We are sorry but dogs are not allowed in the orchard for public health reasons.  
 

COVID-19: We have taken the necessary precautions to make sure your Orchard experience is safe and memorable. Our Orchard Helpers are going to be wearing masks, when in direct contact with the public, we ask that customers also wear masks when in direct contact with our help. This year  we will be selling apples by the bag to lessen handling and contact. We will be selling apples in a one peck bag and a half bushel bag. We are going to have hand wash stations placed appropriately for your convenience.

Our History

Ashmont Farms circa 1925

The Brock family has been farming this land for 6 generations since the early 1800’s. The original farm really started taking shape in the early 1900’s when Dr Henry H Brock put a lot of time and money into the farm. It was at that time the farm was called Ashmont Farms and remained that until the early 1980s. Dr Brock was a well known Medical Doctor and Surgeon in Portland, ME, he was also the local physician for the Alfred Shaker Colony.

In the 1920’s his son Henry W Brock became very active on the farm and was a driving force for growing apples.. He was instrumental in working with the University of Maine developing what is known as the Brock apple.

Ashmont Farms circa 1925

In 1947 a major portion of York County and the Brock Farm was burned to the ground. It was a devastating loss and many of the buildings and structures were never replaced. The carriage house, the main farm house and barn were never replaced to the grandeur that they were. After the ‘47 fire Henry W started to rebuild, replanting the orchards, building new ponds for fire protection, built a cement block building on top of the main barn foundation which still stands today.

John “Jed” was Henry W’s youngest son and picked up the reins of Ashmont Farms in the early 1960’s barely out of college at the University of Maine. He continued to add trees and new practices of planting semi-dwarf trees. He built a state of the art cold storage and packing house facility on the property. He grew stored and packed apples that went all over New England through Shaws Supermarkets, The New England Produce Center in Chelsea, MA, Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA and many other retail produce centers. He was known for being able to grow some of the largest, reddest apples around. In 1976 John sold the packing house/cold storage to the Gile family and they continued to run it until the early 2000’s when it burned due to an electrical failure. John continued to run the main farm as well as a 15 acre orchard next to Notre Dame Orchards in Alfred. In 1981 John sold the main farm to David and Jeanette Lundquist from N Reading, MA.

David and Jeanette “Lee” jumped right in and continued to expand the orchard increasing the acreage with dwarf trees and more varieties and renaming it as Lakeview Orchards. The Lundquist Family continued to work on the orchard infrastructure while leasing the orchard to other apple growers for the day to day growing operations. The Lundquist family has been
running the PYO operation and has built a wonderful relationship with the customers who keep coming back every year. In 2019 the grower that was maintaining the orchard decided not to renew the lease and the orchards were not maintained and the PYO was open on a limited basis.
In late 2019 Adam Brock who is John’s oldest son approached the Lundquist family about running the orchard. A deal was struck and Adam under Brock Orchards LLC has been maintaining the orchard since the first of February 2020. For the 1st time in 38 years there is a Brock back on the farm doing what he loves. Adam will be running the PYO and the Lundquist Family will be there on weekends to catch up with their past patrons and to help out. Both Adam and the Lundquist’s look forward to a great picking season.

Directions

Located at 301 Brock Road in Lyman, ME

Coming from Alfred, ME on Rte 202, just before the State Police Barracks, turn right onto the Brock Road and continue for 7/10 of a mile and we are on the left.

Coming from Waterboro, ME on Rte 202, just after the State Police Barracks, turn left onto the Brock Road and continue for 7/10 of a mile and we are on the left.

Contact

The Brock’s will be ready on Saturday!!!

The Pick Your Own will open up on Sept. 4th at 9am. We will have Macs ready by then.

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