Clifton Park/Rexford Apple Orchard to Close After 50 Years
Being New Yorkers, we’re pretty serious about our apples and I’m sad to report that a Capital Region favorite has announced this was their last year.
After nearly 50 years, WTEN is reporting that the family-owned business Lindsey’s Idyllwood Orchard is closing. The Lindsey family has owned the orchard since 1970, with four generations working there. They have announced that Sunday, November 4th will be their last day open.
Lindsey’s Idyllwood Orchard was the first pick-you-own orchard in Clifton Park but now, with sales down, they said “it just doesn’t make sense to stay open anymore.”
Lindsey said that their sales are down 15% from last year and think that more people are choosing grocery store apples over picking a huge bunch of them. The balance of sales dropping with labor costs helped them make this decision. Lindsey also have seven grandchildren looking to keep him busy as well.
There’s no announcement as to what will happen with the land but it will stay in the family. Their country store on 1537 Route 9 will be staying open, though. Stop by Lindsey’s last weekend, they will be open all weekend from 9:00am-6:00pm.