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Who we are

Blue Jay Orchard currently produces blueberries, apples, sweet cider, and honey using holistic growing practices. 

We invite you to to come enjoy the scenic grounds and peaceful atmosphere while picking your own fruit and visiting the farm market.

Our History

Blue Jay Orchard has been in operation since the 1940s.

Late 1940s

STARTING OFF

A.J. Soika began planting standard size apple trees, 40 per acre.

1954

APPLES

As the trees matured and the fruit flourished there were too many apples. A.J. implemented a new model with the first pick-your-own apples in Ohio. 

1976

EVANS FAMILY

Lowell and Mary Evans with their daughters, Brenda (12), Shandra (7), and Gretchen (6), purchased the orchard from 82-year old A.J. Soika after being mentored for one year.

1980s

SEMI-DWARF APPLES

Lowell and Mary began planting semi-dwarf trees, 100-150 per acre.

Early 1990s

EXPANSION

Lowell and Mary planted strawberries and peaches to expand the product offering.

Late 1990s

FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

After a few seasons, the strawberries were removed and replaced with blueberries watered by drip irrigation from the onsite artesian well.

2000s

CONTINUED EXPANSION

Lowell and Mary added additional apples, peaches, and blueberries. Netting was installed around the blueberries to keep the birds from the crop. Lowell retired from Geauga Hospital Laboratories in 2000. Mary retired from the Post Office after years of delivering the mail in 2003.  They both then focused on the orchard full time.

2019

ORLOWSKI FAMILY

Joe and Sandee Orlowski, with their six children, purchased the orchard from Mary and Lowell at a property auction.

2020

NEW DIRECTION

Joe and Sandee decide to move the growing model from conventional to holistic. Holistic specialist, Michael Phillips, is brought in to guide the conversion.