Who We Are
Established in 1809, Rogers Orchards represents eight generations of family fruit growing in Southington, CT. A bicentennial farm, Rogers Orchards is a Connecticut landmark and a proud testament to Connecticut’s farming heritage.
Our stores feature some of the best fruit our region has to offer, as well as seasonal CT grown vegetables, including vine-ripened tomatoes and sweet corn. Our bakery offers a wide variety of fresh baked fruit pies, our famous apple cider donuts, apple sour cream coffee cakes, and cookies. We also feature local honey, maple syrup, local eggs and cheese, and a delicious assortment of jams, jellies and preserves. We are open seven days a week from late July through mid May and offer pick-your-own apples on weekends in September and November.
History of Our Farm
In 1809, the same year Abraham Lincoln was born, Chauncey Merriman, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, purchased a small farm on the south end of the Shuttle Meadow Lake and planted some apple trees.
His son Anson impulsively planted a thousand Baldwin trees when this variety was still relatively unknown, taking a risk that proved to be successful. Anson’s son Josiah planted some peaches, and his daughter Sarah’s husband, Elijah Rogers, dared to plant 7,000 peach trees, one of the first farmers in Connecticut to grow peaches commercially.
Each successive generation in the Rogers’ family has taken their chances with farming in Connecticut, where the weather can be as much of a risk as market forces. The farm currently grows 20 varieties of apples, 10 varieties of peaches, as well as pears, plums, nectarines, and apricots under the management of John Rogers, Chauncey’s great, great, great, great grandson, his son Peter and daughter Martha and his son-in-law Greg Parzych.