About Bauman Orchards
Ben Bauman started Bauman Orchards in 1929. It began with 20 acres, where the house and storage building now are, and a 10-acre apple orchard, which was originally planted in the 1900s. As the business grew, an additional 50 acres were purchased. In 1942, 50 acres were planted with apple trees. In 1961, Ben Bauman’s son, Marion, purchased the business. Various plantings of dwarf and semi-dwarf trees were made over the years extending our offerings with peaches, plums, and sweet corn. A partnership was forming with sons Doug coming into the business in 1987 as sales manager, joined by Bill in 1990 as orchard manager. Their added experience and enthusiasm for the family business brought growth and expansion of the orchard. In 1991, an additional cold storage building was built which holds 17,000 bushels of apples. This allows us to offer apples to our customers for a longer season.
Currently, the total acreage, in Rittman, is 265 acres. We have increased our apples trees to 40,000 spanning 25 different varieties. Our peach trees number 8,000, with at least 15 varieties; including white peaches and our most popular, Red Haven. See our “Orchard Information” page to learn more about our fruit orchard. We recently planted a new 30 acre plot of apples and peaches in Rittman and built a new warehouse on Seville Road. On Rittman Avenue we recently purchased 26 acres on which we have planted a few peach trees, pumpkins and squash. We press our own Cider from September through May. All cider is uv (ultraviolet) processed for the safety of our customers. Cider is sold wholesale and in our retail market.
Our retail farm market in Rittman, is open all year round. We offer seasonal fruit, homemade pies, cookies and even gift baskets. See our farm market page to find out what is available.
Scenic Ridge Fruit Farm
Bauman Orchards purchased Scenic Ridge Fruit Farm in Jeromesville in 1998. It consists of 84 acres of fruit trees, strawberries, grapes, sweet corn and other vegetables. We have 12 varieties of apples and 15 peach varieties.
We welcome all visitors to come and pick your fill of our fresh fruit and vegetable offerings. This seasonal market is open June through October. Learn more about Scenic Ridge.
Bauman Orchards Corner Market
Our newest location, our market at the corner of State Routes 585 and 57, allows us to offer fresh seasonal produce from Mid-June to October. We invite you to learn more about the Corner Market.