When Bob and Carol Deutscher came looking for land to plant an orchard in the early 1970’s, they never imagined it would develop into the thriving business it is today. Customers often drive many hours and come from many states to buy our fruit.
We have about 150 acres of apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, berries, and cherries. We press our own fresh cider starting in September made with Bob’s secret recipe.
Bob still works 7 days a week all year to bring his customers the best fruit in the southeast. Come by our salesroom and say hello–he will be in the back packing and grading the fresh fruit.
From The Daily Sentinel, July 17, 1988
“Bob Deutscher was born and raised in northern Indiana and for years had a thriving fruit growing operation there. But there came a time, says Deutscher, when he had to pick the fruit before it ripened to turn a profit.
‘I started searching for some suitable land in the South where I could add another orchard to capture the early northern market,’ Deutscher says.
Deutscher looked over many sites in several southern states before purchasing the 126-acre site on Crow Mountain which he has developed into the largest fruit growing operation in the state.
Deutscher recalls he was walking around the property one day when he came to the highest elevation and thought, ‘My God, Bob, what more are you looking for,’ and decided then this site was it.
The Crow Mountain site at its highest elevation is 1,720 feet, most suitable for growing fruit, according to Deutscher, because of the warm days and cool nights.
When the Deutschers started their Crow Mountain operation in 1974, Bob had intentions of shipping his fruit out to capture the early northern wholesale market.
‘We were so far from everything, I never dreamed anyone would come out here to buy my fruit,’ says Deutscher, but much to his surprise the quality of his fruit has brought people their way and today most of his fruit is sold locally….
He has spent much to preserve and protect his fruit trees by trellising them, a unique system for this area, according to Dr. Arlie Powell, Auburn horticulturist.-
His trees stand straight in rows protected by the trellises which Powell says only five or six other growers use statewide… The trellis, a locust post placed between each tree and strung with three plastic coated wires supports the tree to prevent wind and the weight of the fruit from breaking the limbs….
Powell, who has worked with fruit growers all over the state, says the Crow Mountain apples ‘have the best color in the state, as well as being tasty because of its (orchard’s) elevation….”