See how you can get the freshest produce with a fun down-on-the-farm experience too at this Lebanon farm that’s now under new ownership.
At Hidden Valley Orchards, you’ll not only find fresh produce, but you’ll also get a true farm experience.
“For over 60 years, Hidden Valley Orchards has offered homegrown fruits, vegetables and seasonal u-pick crops and fun activities at the farm in Lebanon, Ohio. In early 2018, the Lane Family of Lebanon purchased the Hidden Valley Orchards farm complex,” says Kacey Shaw, Hidden Valley Orchards Events and Operations Director. “The Lanes are excited to carry on the long-standing Hidden Valley traditions, while expanding on the experiential component of the farm visit, creating a premier event venue destination and developing delicious and unique product for customers to enjoy. Hidden Valley Orchards has set its sights on becoming your choice for an authentic farm experience and we look forward for your visit.”
Seasonally, there are up to 40-50 individuals with 10 year-round employees.
The inspiration behind the business came from a family purchasing beautiful property. “The new owners, Robyn and Randy Lane, Lebanon residents, were first inspired to purchase this property by the beautiful land and setting of the established business and grounds,” she says. “As business owners already, they were excited to expand their business-scape with the opportunity to try something new in the agritourism industry and build a destination location for families to come to celebrate the Fall Harvest season and life’s special occasions.”
There’s a variety of different services offered at Hidden Valley Orchards, such as: U-pick (seasonal harvests of berries, apples, grapes and pumpkins), Daily Lunch, Historical Hayrides, Pumpkin Patch, Festivals, Education Field Trips, etc.
Success comes in different forms at Hidden Valley Orchards. “If we can utilize the land in its innate capacity and derive beautiful product from the land, we want to. If HVO can provide a welcoming atmosphere for family and neighbors, where they are learning about the farm, celebrating seasonal crops, making new traditions and memories, then that is a success,” Shaw says. “If we can provide a unique farm market experience by featuring fresh, local and quality items for our guests to purchase and enjoy: that is success. We understand that our customers are the heart of the organization and appreciate them visiting Hidden Valley Orchards.”
The facility is a unique business in Lebanon, Shaw says. The people who work for Hidden Valley Orchards are unique because they love the building, appreciate the farm’s history and the product and services are purveying. The atmosphere of the farm is welcoming and there is rich history.
“HVO crops feature 17 varieties of apples, rows of peach trees, other u-pick crops are blueberries, strawberries, Concord and other table grapes and of course, pumpkins. This season, HVO grew and featured kale, tomatoes, cabbage, zucchini and more from our market. HVO is certainly unique in that we press fresh apple cider for the market weekly, beginning the first week of September,” she says. “HVO is truly a gem in the heart of Warren County, where people seem to be stopping in for an Apple Cider Donut and staying for hours exploring the grounds or enjoying spending time in the Market Gathering room, visiting our HVO farm friends and sampling our farm fresh lunch and awesome conversation.”
Shaw says the scenery still takes her breath away when she arrives to work. “Daily, I arrive to a beautiful sunrise cresting the top of our berry crops. The people I work with are passionate about the product and vision and working to create a wonderful experience for all our guests. I enjoy being able to offer exemplary customer service, knowing that I have quality product to support that service,” Shaw says. “Most especially, taking the journey as an event coordinator to be part of many special occasions that build memories, foster community and sometimes start new family tradition. It’s always a good work day when at Hidden Valley Orchards.”