Three Springs Fruit Farm | Aspers, PA

At-a-Glance

  • 7th generation family fruit farm utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce need for pesticide use
  • Food Alliance Certified
  • Family owned & operated

The Wenk family has been farming the same soil in Adams County since 1842. Since then the farm has seen many changes. In the 1950s orchards were added to the land, and gradually fruit became the family’s main business. Ben Wenk, part of the seventh generation to run the farm, has steered Three Springs through its most recent transition, away from selling to large-scale processed fruit distributors and toward selling fresh produce at farmers markets and to restaurants and retailers (like yours truly). They’ve also started producing value-added goods like jams, sauces, and alcoholic cider through their sister company, Ploughman Cider.

Adams County is well-known for being an ideal climate for fruit orchards, however the high levels of annual rainfall and a history of conventional farming in the region make organic fruit production very difficult. But Three Springs cares about sustainability. They use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to limit the need to spray pesticides, and they use no organophosphates.

Three Springs is also Food Alliance Certified, which scores farms on a variety of factors, including safe and fair working conditions; reduced risk from pesticides and other toxic or hazardous materials; protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat and biodiversity; conservation of soil, water, and energy, and reduction and recycling of waste; and food product integrity, with no genetically engineered or artificial ingredients.

We feel lucky to carry fresh, responsibly grown fruit from Three Springs year-round. Apples start showing up in late summer, then fall means fresh cider time! The apple crop usually lasts through the winter, often long enough to overlap with the first stone fruits which arrive in late spring.

At-a-Glance

  • 7th generation family fruit farm utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to reduce need for pesticide use
  • Food Alliance Certified
  • Family owned & operated

The Wenk family has been farming the same soil in Adams County since 1842. Since then the farm has seen many changes. In the 1950s orchards were added to the land, and gradually fruit became the family’s main business. Ben Wenk, part of the seventh generation to run the farm, has steered Three Springs through its most recent transition, away from selling to large-scale processed fruit distributors and toward selling fresh produce at farmers markets and to restaurants and retailers (like yours truly). They’ve also started producing value-added goods like jams, sauces, and alcoholic cider through their sister company, Ploughman Cider.

Adams County is well-known for being an ideal climate for fruit orchards, however the high levels of annual rainfall and a history of conventional farming in the region make organic fruit production very difficult. But Three Springs cares about sustainability. They use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to limit the need to spray pesticides, and they use no organophosphates.

Three Springs is also Food Alliance Certified, which scores farms on a variety of factors, including safe and fair working conditions; reduced risk from pesticides and other toxic or hazardous materials; protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat and biodiversity; conservation of soil, water, and energy, and reduction and recycling of waste; and food product integrity, with no genetically engineered or artificial ingredients.

We feel lucky to carry fresh, responsibly grown fruit from Three Springs year-round. Apples start showing up in late summer, then fall means fresh cider time! The apple crop usually lasts through the winter, often long enough to overlap with the first stone fruits which arrive in late spring.