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                 Barnard presides over a tour with local students.
the “drops,” the ones that fall to the ground— become apple butter, cider and sauce. Because deer fencing has largely worked, overall apple production is up, so Barnard is converting more acreage for sweet corn and pumpkins. Additional diversification includes greenhouse lettuce in winter. “The focus is on what we can sell at the farm stand,” he says.
There are some issues. The newest tractor, for example, is 20 years old, and the farm
has trouble attracting and retaining labor. Right now, Barnard’s employs three full-time workers, along with part-timers at the farm stand and the occasional local young hand. “Even though I know these are hard times for farmers, I don’t want to be the one that says
it’s too hard,” Barnard says. “We continue to find a way forward.”
There’s an unspoken modesty about his efforts, and patrons almost always want to chat with the fourth-generation producer, who only ever left the orchard to study horticulture at Delaware Valley University. Since he never married and has no children,
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