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Location and Hours

Farm Market Hours

Winter Hours January through April
Friday.......... 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday..... 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May to December 24th 
Thursday - Saturday..... 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                            Sunday....................... Noon - 4 p.m.

Closed Christmas through New Years

 

Holiday Hours

New Years Eve & New Years....Closed 

Memorial Day...... Closed

Fourth of July..... Closed

Labor Day............ Closed

Thanksgiving....... Closed

Christmas Eve...... 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Christmas............ Closed

 

 Orchard View Cafe

Orchard View Cafe Hours

May through October
Thursday - Saturday .......... 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday..... 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Holiday Hours

Memorial Day...... Closed

Fourth of July..... Closed

Labor Day............ Closed

 

New Hours for 2019!

New Farm Market Hours for 2019 beginning May 2nd.

May – December:  Thursday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-4

January – April: Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-3

 

Farmer Tad’s notes on the Farm Market hour adjustment:

We understand that our new hour format does not allow you, our valued customer, as many days to shop with us as in the past.  However in business and in life you sometimes must make difficult decisions for the greater good, and this is one of those times.

The Masonic Village Farm Market and Orchard has been a part of the Masonic Village family since 1911.   While we are part of a larger entity, we function as a small independent business under that large umbrella, and at the end of the day we must pay the bills to keep the lights on and the doors open.  As with any small business, keeping expenses under control while trying to make a little profit is a constant battle.  Unfortunately the products we sell are not large profit margin items, and the retail price increases have not kept up with the rising costs of inflation over the years.   For example, since 1970 wages have increased 800%, and the cost of cardboard boxes has increased 440%, while the price of apples has only increased 90%.   

To make farming even more challenging, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.  We can make every perfect business decision, only to have everything wiped out in a few hours of below freezing temperatures in May that destroys the blossoms, or a 10 minute July hail storm that smashes all the fruit, or an overabundance of rain in the harvest season that creates a perfect environment for fungi and rots to wreak havoc, and keeps the customers at home. 

We took a long, hard look at our budget after a dismal, rainy 2018 and made the determination that we needed to make some adjustments to our business model if we want to remain a part of our parent company for the next 100 years.  As always we continue to make improvements to our production practices, growing more high-quality fruit with fewer inputs.  For example, we have transitioned our fruit production on to dwarfing rootstock to keep the trees smaller and more manageable.  This has allowed us to reduce trimming and picking labor by 50%, reduce pesticide use by 30%, while at the same time allowing us to grow a much higher percentage of top quality fruit which yields a higher profit margin on less land than ever before.  On the retail side of the operation, we are continually searching for more economical sources for packaging and materials.  We also continually negotiate with other growers to bring you the highest quality products for the best available price.

As with all businesses, our number one expense is labor, so when you are trying to balance the budget, labor always must be addressed.  After many hours of discussion, and out of a pool of many ideas, the final decision was made to decrease the amount of days the Farm Market is open.  This plan reduces over 100 hours of weekly labor, while grouping the sales into a smaller window to keep the staff efficient.  This plan also allows our full-time staff the ability to devote the early part of the week to production in the orchard allowing us to reduce production labor, further increasing the profit margin.

As you can see this was not just an off the cuff decision.  Lots of thought and planning goes into everything we do.  In the end, our hope is that the decisions we make this year will allow the Masonic Village Orchard and Farm Market to remain viable and a valuable part of the Masonic Villages for many years to come.  And as with every small business, if you like us, be sure to support us, and be sure to spread the word to your family and friends.  Without the support of our faithful followers for the past 107 years we wouldn’t be here today, and for that we are forever grateful.  Thank you for your support, and we hope to continue to bring you great products with outstanding customer service for many years to come.

-Farmer Tad 

Market & Cafe Building Address

310 Eden View Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022