CANFIELD – For a business that’s been around since 1924, White House Fruit Farm knew what it had to do to make it through the past year. While how customers interacted with the farm changed, says owner Debbie Pifer, what took place behind the scenes was largely business as usual.
“On any day, orchards and fields are tended, trees are pruned, cider is being pressed and produce is being picked, sorted and delivered to the market,” she says.
“We are proud of this continuity.”
For customers, the early days of the pandemic meant they couldn’t wander through the Canfield store and gift shop, but that didn’t mean customer service was gone.
“We took orders and loaded vehicles to ensure everyone had an opportunity to confidently enjoy local meat, eggs, dairy products and frozen foods, along with fresh produce, deli and baked goods,” says owner and farmer David Hull.
Over the course of the year, White House was able to resume many of its well-known events and attractions with safety measures in place. These included the gift barn, the sunflower field, family game nights and the annual Christmas on the Farm event.
Heading into 2021, the farm is looking forward to returning to business as normal, offering specialty items, locally grown produce and fresh-made baked goods that customers come back for each season.
“We are blessed to be part of a community that appreciates the same quality food products that we do. We are grateful for their support and happy to serve our guests in the upcoming year and beyond,” Pifer says.