100+ Years of Business!

100 Years

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm was established in 1915, four years after A.L. Kauffman and his wife Susan planted their first apple trees. Now, Kauffman’s Fruit Farm is owned and operated by 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation Kauffmans who carry the same values and traditions that have been present in the business for the past 100 years.

History Book 100th Anniversary Celebration History Book Notes

Kauffman's Fruit Farm History

From the beginning, A.L. Kauffman was guided by 3 business rules:
1. Be Fair. A full measure, heaped and overflowing.
2. Be kind. Build a business on the strength of having good neighbors, and being good neighbors.
3. Be Visionary. Establish a business that could provide work for family, and those that lived around the Kauffmans.

In 1954, A.L. and Susie incorporated the business in partnership with their 5 sons. The business officially became known as A.L. Kauffman & Sons. After 100 years, Kauffman’s is blessed to have family members from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations working in the business. Picking apples together in the orchard, making cider, assisting in the retail store, and managing the sales departments have all been strong Kauffman family traditions for the past century of business, and we intend to continue this into the future.

Kauffman's Fruit Farm & Market Business Intro

A short introduction to Kauffman's goal of delivering healthy fresh fruit to customers "all over".

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Clips from 1959 (As seen in the shed at our September, 2015, 100th anniversary celebration)

As featured at Kauffman's 100th Anniversary celebration in September, 2015. Old tractors, a less-traveled Rt. 340, and standard apple trees.

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The Farm Today

Kauffman’s story includes the past, present, and future. When Amos Kauffman started the company, he wanted to provide work for his sons, and that has multiplied over the decades to dozens of families being provided for from the farm, orchard, and store. The flip side of the coin is the blessing of relationship with the community: good neighbors shopping in the market and working there, and even our neighbors helping to bring in the crops.

From those days of horse-drawn wagons to modern reefer trucks with huge loads, hand-writ-ten and designed signs to selling fruit and goods all over the U.S via our website, and paper sales records to modern computer servers, our perspective toward sales and customers has changed very little, and we work hard to maintain that vision. We used to take our product to market stands and now our customers come to us, but all this while, we’ve been growing the same quality fruits and selling goodies for neighborhood everyday life and galas.

We love to look back on the old-fashioned days and ways of doing things, but we also plan to keep going, learning and growing as we combine the bits of the past with the vision for tomorrow. The only way to get somewhere is to make plans and start working on them step-by-step, and we want to share our excitement over the things we’re hoping to learn and implement soon.
Develop farming practices to increase nutritional values in the fruit, reduce pesticides, and install in-tegrated multi-species plantings that function as an ecosystem in which the trees can thrive
Implement automated tracking of pickers and harvested fruit to improve the traceability of our fruit while increasing food safety
Meet the growing wave of health-conscious consumers by offering nutritious alternatives to big box store foods and super-processed items
Move some of our fruit processing away from touristy section of Rt. 340 and closer to the orchards
Emphasize honesty and integrity, always giving customers a full and overflowing measure of fruit
Participate with Penn State University and other Pennsylvania orchards to develop and test new kinds of fruit while looking for the “perfect” apple
Foster gratitude among our staff and customers for the blessings of harvesting and con-suming healthy food from God’s good earth

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Special Thanks

This century has been full of God’s blessings to us, blessings which have been delivered to us in many ways:
Amos & Susan Kauffman, our company’s founders, who started the vision of raising tree fruits and taught the virtues of hard work, honesty, and innovation
Succeeding generations of Kauffmans, who intentionally instilled in each gen-eration the Biblical values and ethics that Amos lived so well
Employees, who collectively kept our business operational through the decades
Loyal customers – neighbors and community –who purchased our fruits and goods
Vendors and wholesalers who have worked with us to exponentially increase our sales volume
Numerous agricultural consultants and Penn State University research and extension personnel, who contributed to the quality of our fruit
Ultimately, we work to honor our Maker and serve all our friends and customers, and to provide a source you can trust for nutritious foods. As we consider where we started and where we are as a business today, we conclude that our 100 years in business is a celebration not only of the company, but of our customers.