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It only takes one spoonful of Musselman’s apple sauce to convince you that, when you eat something handpicked from a family farm, it’s just better. Why? Our family farmer-owners wouldn’t let anything less than perfect make it to your spoon. We take pride in the entire process, from tree to jar to table. Our Growers, some of whom span generations, take pride in every aspect of our company. This special connection comes with every Musselman’s product. So eat well, knowing the apples that we grow are rooted in our family and handpicked for yours.

The richness of our 100-year heritage and grower-owned philosophy is represented in every taste of Musselman’s apple sauce, apple butter, and apple juice. As part of a cooperative, over 100 farming families own the company and take pride in nurturing their 15,000 acres of fruit orchards.

Apples Meet Our Growers

Mark Wilson Bear Mtn Orchards

Mark M. Wilson, Aspers PA

Mark’s great-great-great-great grandfather started farming in Quaker Valley, PA. This explains why he always wanted to be a fruit grower—and why he takes such pride in every apple he grows. It’s in his DNA!

Mark Wilson’s orchards sit next to a place called Bear Mountain. Which, he’ll quickly point out, was a misnomer until he saw his first bear a few years back. Mark, like a lot of Musselman’s farmers, has been growing fruit for generations — 6 to be exact. “I couldn’t deal with an office job. Outside things are just what I have to do.” And being outside is what Mark has done his entire life. After graduating from college, Mark went to Swaziland in southern Africa as part of a 4H program teaching American farming techniques abroad. After which he returned home to partner with his father on the family farm. Mark always wanted to be a fruit grower, which is apparent in the pride he takes in every apple he grows.

Heather Marker McKay Marker-Miller Orchards

Heather Marker McKay, Winchester VA

From fruit to flower, Heather loves being 1 to 1 with nature. A 6th generation grower, she runs a farm, a market, and takes pride in showing kids that a woman can indeed be a farmer!

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 farming’s call became too strong, she returned home to the land that has been in her family since 1908 to become the 6th generation of growers in her family. Heather loves seeing her fruit go from flower to finish, and both the nature that comes with an orchard as well as the nurturing. 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

Marsha & Matt Tuckey, Gardners PA

Marsha has been farming since 1983, starting with 100 apple trees. Today, although her orchards are bigger, she still farms for the same reason — to ensure everyone has something fresh on their table.

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. So, what gets her up and into the orchards every morning since those early days? Maybe it’s because she believes everyone needs fresh, unprocessed food on their table, or perhaps it’s because 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 family of growers 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.