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Lyman Orchards' 
Newsroom

Welcome to the Lyman Orchards' newsroom, a resource for the media, journalists and bloggers. With more than 275 years in the Middlefield community, we invite you to join us throughout the year with a series of festivals, fundraising events and great family fun at our orchard, Apple Barrel market, golf courses, homestead and more.

Our goal is to be responsive and assist you in any way possible. Please feel free to contact us if you need more information or if you would like to speak with a Lyman Orchards representative. Thank you for your interest in Lyman Orchards and we look forward to working with you!

Media Contacts

Pam Soisson
Rebel Interactive Group
860-387-4145
[email protected]

Tim Burt
Lyman Orchards
860-349-6010
860-707-2083 (mobile)

IN THE NEWS

July 17, 2017 - News8, WTNH

Peach-picking season opens at Lyman Orchards

June 29, 2017 - WICC 660

Lyman Orchards Interview

June 29, 2017 - NBC Connecticut

Pick Your Own Season Underway at Lyman Orchards

MEDIA KIT

Leadership Biographies

Steve Ciskowski
President and CEO

John Lyman
Executive Vice President

Fact Sheet

  • Established in 1741 when John & Hope Lyman purchased 37 acres in what is now Middlefield.
  • Recognized as the 12th oldest family-owned business in the United States.
  • Incorporated as The Lyman Farm, Inc. in 1949.
  • Members of the 8th and 9th generations are working for the company today.
  • Lyman’s Apples and Peaches are eco-certified, meaning that they are grown in ways that respect and preserve the ecology of our orchards and they are inspected and certified by the IPM Institute on North America.
  • The property consists of 1,100 acres.
    • The Golf Courses encompass 450 acres
    • The Pick Your Own Orchards utilize 350 acres
    • Apple Barrel market & Homestead complex utilize original 37 acres
  • The farm grows nearly 100 varieties of fruit from June-October.
    • 20 varieties of Apples
    • 50 varieties of Peaches/Nectarines
    • 8 varieties of Pears/Asian Pears
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Jostaberries
    • Squash
    • Squash Flowers
    • Pumpkins
  • Today, Lyman Orchards boasts 45 holes of golf, the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course built in 1969, The Gary Player Signature Course opened in 1995 and The Golf Center and Apple Nine course opened in 2012.
  • The Lyman Homestead was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986.
  • Lyman Orchards was recognized by the Connecticut Freedom Trail in 2013.
  • Lyman’s hand-made pies were voted “Best in Connecticut” by Connecticut Magazine in 2015.
  • The Apple Nine course was rated as the top Par 3 course in Connecticut and 10th overall in New England by New England Golf Monthly magazine in 2015.

The Lyman Orchards Story

In their wildest dreams, colonial farmer John Lyman and his wife, Hope, could not have envisioned the complex and diverse enterprise that would evolve from their purchase in 1741 of a 37-acre parcel of land in what is now Middlefield. Now covering more than 1,100 acres of scenic farmland, Lyman Orchards is one of the most popular family attractions in New England. Through a history spanning ten generations, the Lyman family heritage was founded upon a commitment to preserve their land for future generations, using a combination of determination, innovation, and adaptation – attributes that hold true today.

Now in its 275th year, Lyman Orchards continues to evolve while maintaining its steadfast commitment to preserving the land for future generations. Today, members of the 8th and 9th generations of the family are directly involved in the business. Like their ancestors before them, preservation of the land remains central to their heritage, and the family continues to be innovative in its ways of upholding their traditions.

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