Bream Orchards LLC is a third generation wholesale fresh fruit farm in the heart of Adams County, Pennsylvania. The Bream family has 95 years experience, as growers, packers and shippers, of apple and peaches. And the fourth generation is in place, to continue growing the business and exceptional fruit for years to come.
Bream Orchards sells fruit to a wide range of wholesale customers; from grocery chains, school lunch programs, institutional food services, to roadside farm stands and processors. Our fruit has been sold throughout the east coast, into the mid-west and overseas. Where possible, we can deliver the fruit with our own refrigerated fleet.
The Breams have come a long way since John Sr. & Zella Bream bought the Cashtown Orchard in 1918 and Green Ridge Farm in 1922. In 1949 they joined Knouse Foods, a grower owned Co-operative processor. By the 1960’s the Bream’s had converted all their farms to apple & peach orchards. Throughout John Jr’s management the orchards grew in acreage, production, and innovation. Jack (John III) , Mark & Tom Bream have continued to expand the farm. There are now over 750 acres in Apple, Peach and Nectarine production.
In 1971 their first cold storage and packing house facility was built. It has been expanded several times since. In 2011, Jack, Mark & Tom Bream began a joint venture with Bear Mountain Orchards Inc. to build a state of the art cold storage and packing facility. The first cold storage phase is currently in operation.
We are also committed to improving both apple and peach production. We co-operate in research studies by Penn State Fruit Research Lab and others. Mark serves on the board of the PA Peach and Nectarine Research Program as well as overseeing the orchards. Mark is also mentoring Drew and Steven in the operation of the farms.
Jack Bream currently serves on the PA Apple Marketing Board as well as handling our sales department and overseeing the operations of the joint venture cold storage. His son, David is managing the packinghouse and working into sales.
Transportation is Tom Bream’s specialty. He runs our fleet of refrigerated tractor trailers making sure our fruit gets to our wholesale customers quickly and in prime condition. It looks like Alex Bream will be following in his father’s footsteps.
It will be a long while before Jack, Mark & Tom want to let go of the reins of Bream Orchards. They have a lot of plans for the future. But rest assured, the fourth generation is here to stay & will be ready to continue growing both the business and the farms for many years to come.