Russell Orchards

The Russell Orchards property has a long history as a working farm. The first trees were planted in 1920 by Dr. Joseph Goodale as a pastime for his son. The orchard continued to thrive and was farmed successfully, with the fruit sold primarily at market in Boston. By the 1950's the farm was sold to the the Goodale family's farm manager Kenneth Macleod. Mr. Macleod operated a popular cider mill on the southern corner of the property, and the building can still be seen today from the road. When it came time for Macleod to retire, he felt the pressure to sell to developers. A group of neighbors joined forces to purchase the land and make sure that the next owner would keep it as a working farm. They asked the Essex County Greenbelt Association to write an agricultural preservation restriction (APR) that would legally prevent the land from being turned into a development. It was with this APR in place and the blessing of the neighbors that the Russell Family purchased the farm and began the new era for the orchard. In the year 2000, the name was changed from Goodale Orchards to reflect the more than twenty years of Russell ownership and all the improvements and changes made over that time. As the third family that has owned the farm since its creation in 1920, we are honored to continue its long tradition.
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Wine List

  Name Description Type Style Price  
View Wine Black Currant A distinctive, fruity nose and strong, sweet currant flavor. Fruit Wine Sweet N/A Add To Cellar
View Wine Blueberry Made from wild Maine blueberries. A wonderful Merlot type red wine that is superb with any meat. Red wine Semi - Dry N/A Add To Cellar
View Wine Boldwin Apple A dry white wine,with a bold tart apple flavor. White Wine Dry N/A Add To Cellar
View Wine Cherry Light and dry with a hint of almond. Red wine Dry N/A Add To Cellar
View Wine Peach This semi-dry wine boasts a light peach flavor. Flavor Wine Semi-Dry N/A Add To Cellar
View Wine Pear A dry white wine with a light and very refreshing pear flavor. White Wine Dry N/A Add To Cellar
View Wine Rhubrab A sweet dessert wine made from an old farm recipe. Dessert Wine Sweet N/A Add To Cellar
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