Dawson's Orchards, Inc.
Dawson’s Orchards has always been a family owned business and it is our mission to provide you with the highest quality produce as well as outstanding service.
The Dawson Story
Located in rural Enon Valley, PA, it was established back in 1946 when George and Janet Dawson purchased around 45 acres of land from George’s parents and planted some of the first fruit trees. Throughout the 1960’s, George and Janet raised both fruit and chickens. Eventually, the “chicken house” became the “packing house”, which is where all the fruit is packed today.
In July of 1981, George and Janet’s youngest daughter, Carolyn, and her husband Kevin (both Penn State graduates) began farming along side Carolyn’s parents, eventually purchasing the farm from them. George passed away in December 1994 and in July of 2000, Kevin died of a heart attack, leaving Carolyn the farm… which thanks to the grace of God, is still in business today!
At present, about 30 of the acres owned are actually farmed. Most of that acreage is taken up by apples, with about 2 acres of pear trees, 5 of peaches and nectarines, and an assortment of berries and prune plums. Dawson’s Orchards also brokers watermelon and packs apples for wholesale trade.
Janet still constantly works outside during spring, summer and fall. Having spent most of her life on the farm, growing and selling fruit, she’s well aware of what needs done and very willing to do it.
When Kevin passed, Carolyn was left with three children, Karen (29), Rusty (25) and Stephen (23). Carolyn has since remarried to Scott McQuiston and now has three stepchildren: John (25), Lindsay (23) and Casey (21). Scott left his position at a steel company in 2009 to come work along side his wife on the orchard. Karen also works at the orchard along with her two children, Darren (8) and Emme (6), when they're not in school.
Carolyn looks forward to continuing to grow fruit. Along with enjoying the daily challenge of running the business and educating herself to improve fruit quality and production, she likes doing what she does because it provides food that is both delicious and healthy.
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Can't visit us at the Orchard? Find us at the following markets:
Come discover the real meaning of fresh local produce!
May thru Thanksgiving
Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights - 5:30pm
151 Park Rd. McDonald, PA
Route 50, 3 miles south off the Bridgeville exit (#54) off I-79
June thru October
St. James Parking Lot
*Due to lack of Saturday help, we will not be attending the Ellwood Farmer's Market this year. We apologize for any inconvenience.
July thru October
Temp location at
Cirrelli Way & 6th St.
(behind Vinnys restaurant)