Welcome to Levering Orchard, celebrating its 100th year in 2008. In 1908, Ralph and Clara Levering, Quaker strawberry and sweet potato farmers in Tennessee, moved to the present site in Orchard Gap and started what was then an apple orchard. In 1939, their son, Sam Levering, moved to the orchard with his wife, Miriam, and family, and continued the orchard business.
Sam and Miriam entered semi-retirement in 1986. From that year until the present, Frank Levering has continued the family tradition. In addition to farming, Frank is a community activist and the nationally acclaimed author of numerous books and plays.
Once a renowned apple orchard, today Levering Orchard features 32 acres of cherries with an extraordinary 54 varieties to choose from — making it the largest cherry orchard in the South with the widest variety of offerings — along with apples, peaches, and nectarines.
We estimate the orchard will open for SWEET CHERRY PICKING on Saturday, May 25. Though that date looks likely, cool weather in May could push opening day back to May 30. Always, we encourage you to call before you come: 276-755-3593; 276-755-2224; or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUR CHERRY PICKING (estimated) begins Friday, June 14. For more info, call 276-755-3593; 276-755-2214; or email us at email@example.com.
FREESTONE PEACHES (estimated) available starting Saturday, August 3.
SUMMER AND FALL APPLES (estimated) begin Saturday, August 10 and last until mid-November.