The MacQueen Orchards began in 1936 when the first apple tree was planted by the late Hugh and Martha MacQueen, father and mother of Robert. Ten acres of the 25 acre farm were planted to apples. Martha and Hugh would gather their fruit each day in bushel baskets and take them by truck to Toledo to supply area fruit stands and markets.
In 1954, Robert graduated from high school and chose to stay on the farm to help his dad. Together they began planting apples and peaches on 15 more acres of ground. They also built an 8000 bushel cold storage to help preserve the quality and freshness of the fruit harvested and sold on the farm and to wholesale outlets. A packing house was erected, and the dairy barn was converted to a salesroom.
Bob and Marlene were married in 1956 and started their family—Cindy, Jeff, Lynn and Bobby. Soon, they purchased another 160 acres, and they built a retail and wholesale business, open year round. Another cold storage was built in 1962 with the capacity of storing 33,000 bushels of apples.An 11,600 bushel controlled atmosphere storage was built in 1995, and another 9,000 bushel unit was added in 2006. In 2009, yet another 8,000 square feet was added to the wholesale packing facilities, which included office space, break room and restrooms.
In 1979, Cindy (MacQueen) Kaiser married Sam Kaiser, who is a retired Superintendent of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. Cindy is a retired school teacher, and she and Sam help with the Pick Your Own Orchard. Both of their daughters were recently married.
Kara Jo married Bradley Wilson in 2010, and will have a new baby girl named Jordi this October.
In 2011, Kasey Jo married Richie Gibson and they have a son, Kaiser Champion. Kasey has recently joined the bakery force to help make more delicious treats.
Jeff MacQueen is Vice President of MacQueens Orchards. Jeff graduated from high school and, like his dad, insisted on staying on to help his father with the orchard.
Jeff married Jodey in 1980 and they have three sons, Arin Jeffrey, Zachary Hugh, and Spencer Joseph. They live on the farm, and Jeff handles orchard management and Jodey manages Martha's Gifts & Boutique.
Their son Zachary just completed his degree at Ohio State University and has entered the family business in operations.
Lynn (MacQueen) Gorey is the bookkeeper for MacQueen Orchards. In 1988, Lynn married Michael Gorey. Michael is self-employed in environmental compliance and waste brokering. Lynn and Michael have a son, Logan. They also enjoy working on the farm in the fall.
Bob MacQueen II is secretary/treasurer of MacQueen Orchards, and married Amy Wynn in 2009. Amy works full time for Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship, and also helps out in the MacQueen's farm market and with the pick your own.
Bob and Amy have a young daughter, Mallory Roberta
born November 2010.
In May of 2012, Zach MacQueen married Allison Florian.
Wherever you go at MacQueen Orchards, you'll see our family members working to make your visit an enjoyable memory.
Please know that our family tradition is to provide you with the finest quality of products and entertainment, and the personal customer service you deserve. Thank you again for your business and your friendship.