The Thomas Family Orchard
The Thomas Family Orchard is
located six miles south of
Zanesville, Ohio, on State Route
#555 directly behind Stovertown.
The Orchard was planted in the
1930s by Dalton Swingle. As a
young boy, Bill helped Mr. Swingle
harvest his produce. Mr. Swingle
maintained ownership of the
orchard until Bill and Vicky
purchased it in 1972. The original
orchard consisted of old standard
apple and peach tress.
Upon purchasing the orchard, Bill
and Vicky started to upgrade by
replacing old trees with semi-dwarf
trees, allowing them to plant many
more tress on the same acreage.
After about 13 years of no peach
crops and the fact that they were
being advised to diversify (Do not
put all your apples in one basket),
they planted one acre of seedless
table grapes in 1986.
This was an experimental planting
in cooperation with The Ohio State
University, Wooster Campus. OSU
supplied the plants and they
supplied them with five years of
Today The Orchard consists of
26 different varieties of apples
(approximately 400 trees), peaches,
seedless table grapes, plums and
Our harvest season is:
- June and July - Blueberries
- July and August - Peaches
- July to October - Apples
- August and September - Grapes,
plums and blackberries.
Fresh cider is available at
The Orchard from the middle of
September until Christmas most years.
Our marketing is mostly retail, at
the downtown Zanesville farmers
market welcome center, Wed.
evenings, the North Market in
downtown Columbus each Saturday
from July through Christmas and
at the Worthington market each
Saturday morning thru October.