Dan and Karen purchased the orchard in 1999 from the Mowery family. We have one farm stand located at 522 East Mount Airy Road in Dillsburg. (Paulus Farm Market in Mechanicsburg is owned by Dan's brother, Jim, and his wife, Amy.) We farm about 150 acres, mostly apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, blueberries, and pumpkins. Most of the vegetables we sell we buy from Dan's brother, making almost all of what we sell Paulus Produce.
Our goal is to provide you with the best quality produce and the best possible customer service. We will do our best to make sure you leave the farm happy and with no unanswered questions!
As far as the growth of the business, school tours were added only a few years after the purchase of the farm. They have grown from short, simple walking tours through the orchard to tours that include wagon rides, apple and pumpkin picking, learning time, and play time that includes small corn maze, pedal karts, apple bin play yard, corn shed and tube slides.
Pick your own apples was added in 2004 and pick your own pumpkins was added in 2005. In 2006, the corn maze and birthday parties were added.
Evening parties were added in 2007, and in 2008 came the first tube slide and the corn shed for children to play in on our fall weekends. In 2009 we added a playground by the farm stand, and built a brand new kitchen where we serve lunches, ice cream, and apple cider donuts. A picnic pavilion was also built in 2009 and flashlight mazes were added on Friday evenings in October.
A pedal kart track, 2 inflatables, more tube slides, and a straw bale castle were added in 2010. In 2011 we added the apple bin-azium, a grab-and-go food stand in the play area for fall weekends, a pedal kart track for the smaller bikes, and two "little logs" houses - you can use life-sized logs to build a house (similar to Lincoln Logs). 2012 was the year of the tractor. The corn maze is tractor themed and we purchased 2 real tractors for children to play on. We hope to add something new every year!