Why Crozet: Sweet Family Business Remains Fruitful into Second Century

Henry and Ruth Chiles. Submitted photo.

It’s important, where we live and why. Those of us who consider fresh, local food as a factor in our quality of life are grateful for the enduring presence of the Crown Orchard Company, owned and run by Crozet’s Chiles family. Working with nature and technology, the family has built a successful business from its humble beginnings in 1912, and now employs members of the fifth generation. Their persistence in making a living in one of the most difficult occupations on earth and their commitment to the community has benefited Crozet in countless ways.  This is the 19th in a series.

It was a sweet week in late June when Chiles Family Orchard displayed strawberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and summer apples at the same time, shining like jewels side by side at the farm market. “It was like the Mecca of fresh fruit there for a while,” said Cynthia Chiles….

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