VACC financing has long been a part of Champlain Orchards’ growth. Champlain Orchards has consistently expanded since production of its first apple crop in 2000. In addition to ecologically-certified apples, the farm grows ecological European and Asian pears, tart cherries, plums, peaches, and organic pick-your-own berries.

The farm also makes and sells ice and hard cider, pies, cider donuts, apple butter, and apple cider syrup. VACC financing of $389,000 was approved to help Champlain Orchards improve the final four 7,000-bushel controlled-atmosphere apple storage rooms in the orchard’s storage building.

The project, which also included the purchase and upgrade of equipment used in the orchard and in the packing and processing facility, will help the business accommodate increasing crop harvests as more recent plantings of apple trees come into production.