Kauffman's "Family Orchard" products have been recognized and enjoyed since the early 1900's. Founder Amos L. Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911, and today the 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations own & operate the business.
Our warehouse and country market are located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country, along Rt. 340 between the villages of Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse (directions). Our nearby orchards produce over 135 varieties of tree fruits on 100 acres and are managed with a visionary focus that watches changing consumer needs and national market conditions.
Dave is our grocery department and deli manager as well as President of the Board of Directors. He is our longest continuously-employed worker, having been active here since 1973 when he returned from serving at a mission in Washington, D.C. Dave's wife Mary sometimes helps out with driving for wholesale sales delivery runs, and four of their five sons (Glenn, Lauren, Mike, and Tony) work here full time. Dave & Mary are blessed with 14 grandchildren.
As outgoing orchard manager, Ken's duties for the past twenty years have included oversight of our 100 acres of prime orchard land - including all facets of fruit production and harvest - plus serving as Corporate Secretary. Now, as assistant orchard manager advising his son Clair, he continues his involvement in day-to-day orchard activities and continues serving on our board of directors. Ken and his wife Ellen have 6 children and 22 grandchildren. Helpful Hint: Dave and Ken are brothers and Nancy, our secretary, is their sister.
Sam works in orchard management and serves on the board of directors. He owns the Kauffman's market stand in Lancaster City's Central Market, which was originally started by Kauffman's Fruit Farm and still sells Kauffman products. Sam's son Daniel and daughter Miriam are full-time employees at Kauffman's. Helpful hint: Sam is a cousin of Dave and Ken, and they are grandsons of A. L. Kauffman, the founder of our company.
Carl directs the harvesting of our peach crop each summer, is the delivery driver you probably see most often, and oversees maintenance on our fleet of delivery trucks. He and his wife, Judy, have six energetic children whom we expect to contribute significantly to Kauffman's success in years to come. Actually, that's happening now, as most of their children are already employed part-time.
Norman oversees parts of our market including our homegrown fruit, the produce department, and the bulk food section, and serves as Treasurer of the company. His wife Wanda and daughter Kathi work in the market as they're needed. His sons Lonnie, Larry, and Stanley and daughters Julie, Jenny, and Kathi are also employees at Kauffman's. Helpful Hint: Carl and Norman are brothers and their father, Raymond, is a cousin to Dave, Ken, and Sam.
Vice-President of our board of directors, Tony has been in charge of our cider department since 2000. This includes management of incoming truck loads of juice apples, cider pressing and flash-pasteurization, and our shiny-clean bottling room. Tony and Jody have five children, including twin girls. Their oldest is in 8th grade. Helpful Hint: Tony is a son of Dave.
Previously our assistant wholesale manager, Clair is transitioning to the role of orchard manager. Additionally, he is director of human resources, the peeled apple department manager, and the fruit butter department manager. Clair and his wife, Anna, have four young children. Clair, Carl, Norman, and Tony are part of several four-generation lines of family members who have worked on our fruit farm since A. L. Kauffman founded the business in 1911. Helpful Hint: Clair is a son of Ken.
The newest member of our board of directors and serving as Board Secretary, Lonnie is our computer network and website manager, provides some training classes to our staff, and does graphic design and advertising. He and his wife, Shannon, have two little boys. Lonnie is a 5th-generation fruit-growing Kauffman, as calculated from when A. L. Kauffman planted those first fruit trees in 1911. Helpful Hint: Lonnie is a son of Norman.