Rachel Peil ‘22: Henry Verellen opened Verellen Orchards and Cider Mill on June 2, 1920. The business’ ownership then passed down to Henry’s son, and then to Henry’s grandson, Bill Verellen. Today, Bill and his wife, Ellen, continue to carry one of Romeo’s favorite businesses as third-generation owners. In fact, 2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of Verellen Orchards.
The Romeo community loves Verellen Orchards. From local fruits and vegetables, to baked goods and cider, Verellen Orchards provides it all.
Although Verellen Orchards began in 1920, the market originated in October of 1974 and the cider mill opened in January of 1975.
As for keeping Verellen Orchards running with tradition, Bill Verellen discusses how the orchard may continue to be passed down in the family.
“It’s supposed to be passed down. We’ll see what happens,” Bill Verellen said.
Senior Lydia Jackman continues to work at Verellen Orchards and enters her third year of working there. Many things about the orchard stand out, but her favorite thing about Verellen Orchards remains the people.
“The environment is great. Like one big happy family,” Jackman said.
Verellen Orchards carries an abundant variety of donuts and pies, but here a few fan favorites of the employees remain:
“I love the blueberry donut and raspberry apple pie,” Sophia Evangelista ‘21 said.
“Devil’s food donut and cherry pie,” Bill Verellen said.
“Probably the cinnamon sugar donut,” Salvatore Matina ‘22 said.
Even though 2020 challenged small businesses everywhere, Verellen Orchards accepted the challenge and continues to thrive.
Congratulations Verellen Orchards on your 100 year anniversary – here’s to many more!