Crisp and juicy, straight off the tree.

Crisp and juicy, straight off the tree.

Farming is hard work, but scenes like this make it all worthwhile.

Farming is hard work, but scenes like this make it all worthwhile.

We’re all about Apples

Farming is hard work. But at Martin’s Family Fruit Farm it has been a labour of love for nearly two centuries. Here in our orchards, at the heart of Ontario’s beautiful countryside, we bring our passion to growing the most flavourful, richly colourful and extra–crisp apples you’ll find anywhere. Our promise of quality and freshness extends to customer service that has made Martin’s one of the largest apple growers, packers and shippers in Canada.

A young Leighton Martin at the family homestead near St. Jacobs.

A young Leighton Martin at the family homestead near St. Jacobs.

We go way back.

The Martin family has farmed these Ontario lands since 1820. The apple growing part of our history began with a suggestion from Branko Premlec, a Yugoslavian exchange student with a background in horticulture. Branko and Leighton Martin agreed that the region’s combination of warm summer sunshine, adequate rainfall, rich soil and cool autumn nights would be perfect for producing the sweet, juicy apples that the Martin’s Family has become famous for. With a future full of fine apple varieties in mind, they planted their first trees and waited patiently for them to mature.

The first early harvest of Tydeman Reds yielded four and a half bushels and were sold at the Elmira Farmers’ Market. With a larger harvest the following year, Leighton and his sons set up a stall at the Waterloo Farmers’ Market around the corner. They soon had a loyal following of market regulars seeking out their fabulous fruit. From there, the seed was planted and the Martin’s orchard grew from a hundred trees in 1971 to more than half a million trees on over 700 acres today.

We’re located at 1420 Lobsinger Line, close to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.

We’re located at 1420 Lobsinger Line, close to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.

See what’s
in store.

Our cheerful farm store is located at 1420 Lobsinger Line, where an authentic country shopping experience awaits with a wide selection of our own crisp, juicy apples together with other locally-grown fruits and vegetables, heritage preserves and more.

Store Hours

Monday — Friday
8am — 6pm
Saturday
8am — 4pm
Sunday
Closed
Feature Product

Fresh Bakery Slices

Fresh, peeled bakery slices.

Feature Recipe

Apple Pancakes

“Try making mini pancakes — 2 1/2 to 3–inch size — for some little people in your life, and they’ll love you for it. My favourite apples for this recipe are Honeycrisp, Idared, or Crispin.”

— Danette Martin

Farm Fact No. 6

Martin’s has half a million apple trees growing in their orchards.