When Sprangers Orchard first started selling apples this stand was their only means of displaying the produce to the public. For the majority of the time nobody was even there working at the stand. A nailed down coffee can and the honor system were their main means of cash exchange.
Sprangers Orchard began in about 1980-1981, when Roger began planting apple trees by seeds and then transplanted them to the orchard when they became large enough. Those trees were then wild apple trees of no specific type, so he then grafted known apple branches such as Cortland and Mcintosh onto those to convert the tree. The orchard originally wasn't even half as big as it is now, but year after year it grew in size and number of trees. Over the years they kept planting new trees and varied the different types offered by purchasing different kinds of semi-dwarf trees from retailers that would provide produce within 5 years of growing time. Present day, Sprangers Orchard is now over 20 acres of land and offers almost 25 different varieties of apples not including the pears and plums that are also now available in season.
This building was built in the summer of 1998 and now serves many purposes for the orchard. It provides indoor storage for much of our equipment, it contains a large apple cooler that prolongs our produce freshness, and it has a storeroom where we are able to display most of our produce. This building also brought on changes such as set store hours of operation and the need for store workers to assist customers in deciding which types of apples will suit their needs best. Vanice is the customer favorite due to the fact that she's done the most with apples as far as baking, dehydrating, etc. and she's very quick to offer taste samples and friendly advice to those trying to make decisions.
Before Sprangers Orchard had apple trees large enough to provide apples to the public, Roger and Vanice used to grow pumpkins on the orchard property between apple tree rows and wherever else they could be planted. They then sold these pumpkins out of the front yard of their home for many years. Once the apple trees started getting a little bigger and more demanding, the pumpkins stopped for a number of years. They then began planting a small patch of pumpkins so that they could offer them to grandkids and a small amount to the public. Due to public demand, Sprangers Orchard now offers pre-picked pumpkins that are on display outside of the building on a trailer and the consumer option of taking their families right out into the 4 acre pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins out for Halloween.
Shown above are grand children of Roger and Vanice, Matt and Brad Arnoldussen, picking out pumpkins to carve for Halloween. They along with many other friends and family can be seen helping out at the orchard throughout the apple/pumpkin season.
Shown above are owners and managers of Sprangers Orchard, Roger and Vanice Sprangers, who look forward to meeting you in person soon.