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Seneca Orchards will shut down as fall arrives: Owner says it was a ‘difficult decision’

A popular apple orchard in Seneca Castle is shutting down. Seneca Orchards said over the weekend that they made the difficult decision to permanently close.

“Many thanks to our customers for all of your patronage, support, and loyalty,” owners wrote. “We will miss you all!”

Seneca Orchards has been around for a half-century and operated by Charles “Bud” Smith. The first round of trees were planted in the mid-1970s.


Upon announcing their closure customers and locals responded with sadness and words of encouragement for those who operated Seneca Orchards.

“We are so sad to hear of your closing, it’s been a great multi-generational tradition for our family,” Amanda Lester wrote. “Thank you for all the memories and best wishes to you all.”

Others recounted annual trips to pick apples.

“We will so miss our family’s annual trip to pick apples. And I will miss my opportunity to talk with Bud and learn about growing apples. Thanks for the wonderful memories,” Donna Sheckler wrote.

Kathy Bauer, another regular of the apple farm, expressed her gratitude to the team who worked tirelessly to bring something unique to the community.

“They say all good things must come to an end. You have worked so hard all these years, Bud, and it is time for you to take care of yourself,” she wrote. Many customers remembered Bud as being a staple at the orchard. “I hope you have many good days and years ahead of you.”



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