The Apple Farm on Route 444 in Victor has reopened after a fire destroyed its main building in November.
The farm’s main building had stood for 40 years. Now all that’s left of the Apple Farm’s store front is the piles of rubble and three full dumpsters.
“Obviously we make our money in the fall so we we’re kind of at a standstill on the off season,” Manager Ashley Bullock said. “So right now, we’re working out of our cider house… working with what we got right now to get through the season.”
Bullock says the new building has been an adjustment, being smaller and much less private. However, she says the customers don’t seem to mind.
“We’re gotten a lot of positive feedback because it’s just a different experience — you’re like in the orchard,” Bullock said.
The cider house is not far from the original building. It’s still on County Road Highway, just up the driveway.
Bullock says surprisingly it’s been a little busier than normal. She adds that none of the crops were damaged from the fire.
“We’re at the beginning of the tarter apples and we’re going to have more coming in September and we’ll have everything we’ve had before,” Bullock said.
“They’ve only gone up ten cents a pound” Bullock said. “They’re a $1.30 per pound right now so we’re trying to keep our prices to as close as the same as before,” Bullock said.
Bullock says the community has really stepped up and have been keeping them afloat.
“People will regularly come in just to give donations and it’s been really heartwarming,” Bullock said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.