Exclusively Paris : Reed’s Valley Orchard
It was 1988 when Dana and Trudie Reed planted their first trees. Fast forward 30 years and they now have over 3,000 apple trees and a very successful family owned and operated business in Paris, Kentucky. Reed’s Valley Orchard was recently named as one of the South’s best apple orchards by Southern Living magazine. From apples and pumpkins to berries and pears, they have poured their lives into providing the highest quality of fruits to all visitors.
The Exclusively Paris team enjoyed spending the day with Dana and Trudie. Learning the history of the orchard and about the hard work and dedication put forth for each season really puts the “you reap what you sow” principle into perspective.
We got a great tour of the farm. Walking through dozens upon dozens of apple trees (they grow over 50 varieties!), seeing visitors pick pumpkins from the patch, and enjoying an apple cider slushy was the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall day.
Aside from hand picking your own fresh fruits, you can also shop at their on-farm market for edible treats, such as jams and jellies, as well as homemade crafts. Oh, and don’t forget to try one of their famous (and highly recommended) oven fried pies made fresh at their on-site bakery. Nothing is sold in the market that isn’t either grown there or made there – how cool is that?
The Reed’s also participate in a Kentucky Department of Agriculture program called ‘Farm to School’ for both Bourbon and Fayette County school systems. This program is great for local farms and students alike. Farm to School provides fresh from farm products and teaches our students the importance of buying local as often as they can.
Dana and Trudie’s passion is fueled by the people of the community who love to visit their orchard. They have a small window of two months (September and October) to earn everything they make for an entire year! Those sixty days are very busy, and they see many visitors from all around the state of Kentucky. They truly love what they do and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
There’s still a small window of time left to visit the Reed’s before they shut down for the season. Pack up your family and head to the beautiful city of Paris, KY for a day full of apple-picking and an experience you won’t soon forget. You can view their hours of operation here.