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FEEDING FAMILIES LIKE YOURS

The richness of our 100-year heritage and family farmer-owned philosophy is represented in every taste of Musselman’s apple sauce, apple butter, and apple juice. What started in 1907 has become a symbol of tradition, value, and quality to generations of families.

As part of a cooperative, over 100 farming families own the company. Our growers take pride in nurturing their 15,000 acres of fruit orchards. They know that what they harvest and handpick will be enjoyed by another important family: yours.

Apples Meet The Families

Mark Wilson Bear Mtn Orchards

Wilson Brothers Farm, Aspers PA

Mark M. Wilson’s family farm goes back over 150 years and six generations. Mark’s grandfather, John G. Wilson, and his brother were charter members of the Musselman’s grower-owned cooperative in 1949. Mark is proud to still belong to the same co-op. It means his family can concentrate on growing delicious quality fruit, knowing that Musselman’s will take care of delivering his fruit to you.

Being outside is what Mark has done his entire life. “I couldn’t deal with an office job. Outside things are just what I have to do.” After graduating from college, Mark went to Swaziland in southern Africa as part of a 4H program teaching American farming techniques abroad. He returned home to partner with his father, William, on the family farm. Today, Mark continues the family tradition with his son, Nathan.

Heather Marker McKay Marker-Miller Orchards

McKay, Marker-Miller Orchards, Winchester VA

Heather Marker-McKay took the long road to growing apples. After growing up on a farm, she started a career in physical therapy. But when the call became too strong, she returned home to land that has been in her family since 1908. Today, she is proud to represent the 6th generation of growers in her family. In fact, Marker-Miller Orchards in Winchester, Virginia, is known as a century farm—recognized as being continuously owned by a single family for more than 100 years.

Heather loves seeing her fruit go from flower to fruit, as well as the nature and nurturing that come with an orchard. She can sometimes be found hosting field trips to show school-aged children where good food really comes from, and that a woman can indeed be a farmer!

Marsha Tuckey Tuckey’s Fruit Farm

Tuckey’s Fruit Farm, Gardners PA

When asked how she stays strong, Marsha Tuckey will give you a smile and say, “I don’t work out, I’m a farm girl!” She started farming with her husband in 1983 with 5 acres and 100 trees. Today, she still farms, but now on a few more acres with a few more trees.

What exactly gets Marsha up and into the orchards every morning since those early days? Well, she believes everyone needs fresh, unprocessed food on their table. And maybe, just maybe, it’s her apples that make one of your recipes or snack time so delicious.

Mark Wilson Bear Mtn Orchards
Heather Marker McKay Marker-Miller Orchards
Marsha Tuckey Tuckey’s Fruit Farm

Apples Our Environmental Responsibility

 

Musselman’s and our farming families have relied on the environment for our livelihoods for more than 100 years. Sustainability is not something new to us—it’s why we are still here today. And ensuring our orchards will grow for the next generation of farmers is why we’ll still be here tomorrow.

Not only do we pledge to meet or exceed existing environmental regulations, we also apply new approaches to cut down on product waste and reduce power and water use. Learn more about the sustainability methods we put into practice every day at Musselman’s.

Water Initiatives

  • A new wastewater treatment facility at the Peach Glen plant began operation in August 2018. The facility processes 45 million gallons of water per year and returns it to the local water table.
  • Each year, 160 million gallons of water from our six processing plants irrigates grass fields and cleanly re-enters local watersheds.
  • Improvements on our fresh apple, cherry and peach processing lines save more than five million gallons of water per year.

Energy Initiatives

  • Over 14,000 solar panels cover 19 acres and deliver 31% of the power to our Peach Glen plant.
  • Residual steam, from the new wastewater treatment facility, provides 45% of the energy demand of the Peach Glen plant.
  • Five of our production plants use boilers modified to run on recycled motor oil. These boilers reuse oil from the equivalent of 2.4 million car oil changes each year.
  • Our Orrtanna plant generates much of its own electricity with the help of a natural gas-fired jet turbine engine. Waste heat from the jet engine is then used to make steam for processing lines, which eliminates the need for another fuel-burning boiler.
  • Our clean-fuel fleet trucks drive on a blend of soybean-based bio-diesel fuel.

Planting & Soil Initiatives

  • Our growers continually use innovative orchard planting practices like trellising to reduce their environmental footprint while increasing yield per acre.
  • To protect our local natural environments, we constructed a wetland area at our Peach Glen property and a grassy waterway at the Biglerville site.

Production Initiatives

  • Practically every part of the apple is used to make delicious products for your family. Six million pounds a year of our apple pomace (the pressed apple material from juice production) is repurposed locally as livestock feed. Peels and cores from apple sauce production are sent to the cider mills for juice pressing. And tiny, grade-out apples from the slicers get slow-cooked in kettles for apple butter.
  • We use only repairable apple bins in the fall harvests. Each year, nearly 200,000 wood bins and 100,000 recyclable plastic bins are repaired and returned to the growers’ orchards for the next year.
  • Our packaging and box designs have evolved to greatly reduce the amount of wasteful cardboard needed to ship Musselman’s products to grocery stores.
  • All cardboard in our packaging is 30% consumer-recycled board.

Community Initiatives

  • Ponds originally created for fire protection of the Orrtanna Plant are now open to public fishing through cooperative programs established with the Mummasburg Sportsmen’s Club (Trophy Trout Program), the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (Cooperative Trout Nursery Program and Mentoring Day), and the Adams County Fish & Game Club (Trout Nursery Operation).
  • Our four manufacturing plants in Adams County, Pennsylvania, were honored by the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce with a “GREEN Business Recognition” award for our efforts in water conservation, energy conservation and waste minimization.

Many of these programs have been joint efforts with local, municipal, county, state and federal agencies and citizens’ groups, and we want to thank them for all their assistance.