Adam Smith mixes a crate of Empire apples with golden delicious apples after sorting them for blemishes at Showalter’s Orchard in Timberville. Showalter’s Orchard has been growing apples since 1965 and expanded their facilities about 10 years ago to accommodate the local food movement where they have seen an increase in urban customers visiting the orchard. They provide apples to Eastern Mennonite University and Harrisonburg City Schools and to the schools in Rockingham, Augusta and Hardy counties and the rest they wholesale at the orchard. The cider and hard cider they make are distributed to many local grocery stores in the Valley.

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