Generations keep Grobe Family Fruit Farm buzzing

The Grobe family knows farming—and has been doing it successfully for more than 110 years.
Grobe Family Fruit Farm, located in Elyria, has been in business since 1905, when Henry Grobe planted the first crops.

Because of their accomplishments, they hit a milestone when they were recognized as an Ohio Century Farm by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. They received this recognition because they have been in business for at least 100 years without changing family hands. Currently, the farm is operating in its fifth generation.

“We will be heading into the sixth generation soon,” said Anita (Grobe) Edwards, Grobe family member. “My nephew Brett who is a senior at The Ohio State University will be graduating in May with a degree in agriculture business and food safety. And, my other nephew Keith is a senior in high school and will be going onto college and then coming back to work at the farm.”

Grobe’s planting season begins with their infamous sweet corn, and then they start adding their other summer vegetables and fruits, Grobe said. Some of their products include tomatoes, pickles, peppers, apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, plums and grapes. And then during early fall, they begin with their late-season vegetables, apples and cider, pumpkins and fall decor.

Their cider, which is sold in 20-ounce sports bottles, can be purchased beginning in the fall and throughout April.

“My brother, Allen, and his wife, Laurie, came up with the idea of sports bottles,” Grobe said. “We have been selling them for more than 10 years. It’s fun to be part of this. We are always doing something different day-to-day.”

The fruit farm is also unique, because it is a vegetable farm that supplies for retail and wholesale stores and they are a commercial apple orchard and a commercial cider mill operation.

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A Family Favorite, Our Apple Squares Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 6 cooking apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions

  1. Sift together dry ingredients. Combine eggs and sugar, beat well.
  2. Stir in oil and dry ingredients. Mix in apples and nuts. BATTER WILL BE THICK.
  3. Spread into greased cookie sheet. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy, recipe provided by Annette Grobe (4th Generation)