About Doll’s Orchards

WELCOME to DOLL’S ORCHARDS, LLC

Adam Weber and his wife, Anna, established the first apple orchard on the property when they purchased the land on February 28, 1924.  He and his wife later sold the property to the Sisters of St. Francis on September 19, 1930.  The Sisters continued the orchard and used the fruits for their Motherhouse Convent located in Oldenburg.  At that time, mostly apples were grown in the orchard.  It was the mission of the Sisters to be self-sustaining and Anthony C. Doll, (George’s father) was hired as caretaker of the orchard.  He also cared for the vegetable gardens and raised chickens for the Sisters of St. Francis. Anthony’s father, J. George Doll, had an apple orchard in nearby Batesville, Indiana so Anthony brought knowledgeable experience to his new position working for the Sisters. 

In 1970, the Sisters of St. Francis sold the land, including the orchard, to the Doll family and a family partnership was established.  At that time, the orchard was showing signs of decline.  Trees were replanted and improvements made for retail sales.  Several years after the death of Anthony C. Doll, the partnership was dissolved and the orchard was divested to the partnership’s members.  George and Patty Doll took title to the orchard laying East along Tony Road and they turned their interests to a wholesale operation. 

So, George and Patty Doll, Doll’s Orchards, LLC, have replanted their section of the orchard with popular varieties such as Gingergold, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathon, Empire, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Valstar, Cortland, McIntosh, Winesap (two varieties), Yellow Supreme, Chesapeake, Northern Spy, Anoka, Valstar and Braeburn.  Peach trees were also planted and both yellow and white peaches are available.  Thornless blackberries have been added to the production. Wholesale sales are an integral part of the operation.  Farmers’ Markets are also important to the overall sales plan.

Doll’s Orchards, LLC produce fruit by conventional growing methods.  As caretakers of the soil, good land management practices are of the  utmost importance.  Proper fertilization, tree pruning, minimal use of chemicals and staying abreast of agricultural advances are viewed as their responsibilities as caretakers of the orchard.  Most of the labor is done by family members but during the busy harvest, several local individuals help in the labor intensive job of picking the fruit. All fruit is hand picked and washed before going to market.

You may say, George has been in the orchard business for his entire life.  He and his sons follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father and continue the “Doll Family Tradition.”  Patty, however, became involved in apple production when she and George were married over forty years ago.  No one ever said, “Love, Honor, and Grow Apples,” but indeed that is what it has become. 

As owners of Doll’s Orchards, LLC, George and Patty see their role as delivering quality produce, in a timely manner, at competitive prices, to their customers.  This policy allows their customers to meet individual market demands, resulting in added profit margins.  They invite you to view their produce at local Farmers’ Markets, some area festivals and their Tony Road sales location just outside of Oldenburg, Indiana. The Doll family business continues to “grow” for you! 

 

11 Responses to About Doll’s Orchards

  1. joann selig says:

    i bought some mitsu apples at the farmers market in north vernon they are the finest apples i ever bought i will get more when you are in north vernon again i probally couldn”nt find your orchard as i am not real sure where oldenburg is thanks

    • david says:

      Thanks Joann! I am glad that you enjoyed the Mutsu. They are a very popular apple. We will be back in North Vernon on October 19th for our last day at this market for the season. Hope to see you there!
      Apple varieties are always changing, but I do feel comfortable in saying that we will have Black Twig Winesap, a nice heirloom eating and cooking apple.

      Best of wishes and see you again soon!
      David

  2. Ken & Sandy Hinkle says:

    GREAT APPLE’S, GREAT PEOPLE, GEORGE & PATTY. BEEN COMING FROM CINCINNATI FOR YEARS… GREAT GREAT. BEAUTIFUL ORCHARD.

  3. Christal Sakrison says:

    Where ARE you? I don’t see a geographical address. I am in Wisconsin, and would dearly love to get a hold of Anoka apples. “If it isn’t Anoka, it isn’t apple pie.”
    Thank you.

    • david says:

      We are located in Oldenburg, Indiana – in the southeastern part of the state. We service markets within a 50-60 mile radius of our orchard – which is located one mile east of Oldenburg on highway 229.

  4. Kathy Roth says:

    Hello!
    I am a Girl Scout leader for a troop in Brookville. I am looking for a close by orchard that would let us come out when you are making cider and also learn about the orchard.
    The girls are in 4th and 5th grade.
    Thank you,
    Kathy Roth

    • david says:

      Morning Kathy,
      Thanks for the inquiry. At this time we do not perform tours. You might want to try ringing the Villa Orchard – which is located just down the road. They have a cider operation and may be able to do it.
      David

  5. John and Ember Criswell says:

    We Love Doll’s Orchard!!!! We have an annual apple-butter making party in the fall and as soon as we learned about Doll’s Orchards this is where we come for our apple butter apples. George and Patty are so hospitable!!! This year our party is September 19th, 2015 so it is earlier than before. Hope we can get some great varieties! Thanks again Doll’s…you truly are the best orchard we have every found. We’ll be there soon.

    • david says:

      Dear John and Ember,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed the apples! We work hard to grow a quality product and I am glad you noticed. Please stop by at one of the market locations or by the house so we can meet your needs for this year.

      David

  6. Sheila Redman says:

    Hello there,
    I just received some of your Gala apples from Green Bean Delivery. They are beautiful.
    I usually buy only organic fruit and vegetables especially as commercially grown apples are often highly treated with chemicals. Should I be concerned about your apples? If I must peel them I will but I don’t like to. Let me know.
    Thanks,
    Sheila Redman

    • david says:

      Sheila,
      Sorry for the delay in responding. Certainly, yes we think it is safe to eat the fruit without peeling. We do all the time (and our grandchildren)! We do grow our apples conventionally – which means that we use pesticides just like organic producers. We dont, however, spray our apples within 4-5 weeks of harvest. Although not required by law, this is our choice to make sure that the apple delivered is as safe as possible. We feel pretty comfortable with that window of time as most pesticides degrade with the sun or wash off with the rains. We do not apply any fungicides during the postharvest process.

      David

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