Farmers Market Focus: Brace’s Orchard features nine generations of farming experience

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Logan Brace

Logan Brace

The farm at Brace’s Orchard in Franklin Township has been in existence since 1828. The orchard, which is owned by Lawrence Brace, Paul Brace and Linda Mancenelli, has been distributing fruits and vegetables to the customers of the Pittston City Farmers Market for more than 20 years.

Each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature a vendor from the market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday.

Question: What do you grow?

Brace’s Orchard: Apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, grapes, blueberries, cherries, plums.

Q: When/how was Brace’s Orchard established?

B: Ancestors settled in Connecticut from France. Three generations later, they settled in Franklin Township in 1828 raising dairy and growing raspberries and apples.

Q: How is the business functioning these days?

B: Three generations ago, the farm changed their product to all fruit. Presently, we have ninth generation farmers Logan and Paul Brace.

Q: What is the hardest obstacle of farming?

B: Weather conditions and finding people willing to work in agriculture.

Q: How did weather affect your crops this year?

B: Mild winter, normal spring temperatures killed early fruit that had started to bud early. Lack of rain has made fruit smaller and newly planted trees are not surviving.

Logan Brace Brace

Logan Brace Brace

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