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2015 Al & Barbara Bishop

Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford, CT

The Bishops, along with Al’s cousin Gene and other family members, own and manage the popular business, founded in 1871 by Walter Goodrich Bishop who bought the land that is now home to the famous orchard. Al and Gene are the fourth generation to carry on the stewardship, their sons Keith and Jonathan, respectively, are the fifth generation serving as co-CEOs, and the sixth generation joined the business in 2007 when Sarah Bishop Dellaventura became Marketing director and Pick-Your-Own manager. Carrie Bishop Healy, sixth generation, joined the business in 2014 as Accounting manager, after receiving her Master’s degree in Finance from Bentley University and her work at KPMG. Al and Barbara have four children, eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, several of whom are involved in the family business in different ways.

With the support and involvement of multiple generations, Bishop’s Orchards has grown into a thriving Farm Market selling fruit, vegetables, fresh cut flowers, milk, eggs, jams, honey, cheesesand a variety of meats. Rows of apples, berries, vegetables and flowers can be personally picked by customers. The Bishop’s Farm Bakery turns out fresh pies, breads, muffins and cookies daily and the award-winning Bishop’s Orchard Winery offers dozens of locally made wine, including 12 kinds of wine made at the orchard. They have been awarded more than 271 medals since the Winery started in 2005 including four Double Gold and 15 Gold.

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