Floyd and Bertha Reichert moved to Breinigsville in 1939 from the Oley Valley and they purchased 17 acres of land. Over the years, they purchased numerous additional parcels of land to add to their farm. They had one daughter, Naomi, who married Joshua Dale Grim and together they had a son, Joshua Floyd, who is married to Josie Schultz; and a daughter, Ruth Naomi, who is married to Craig Beers.
Over the years, they grew feed corn, wheat, barley, and oats, and raised over 3,000 chickens, and planted a one acre garden. In 1973, they erected a small greenhouse to provide plants for their one acre garden. Growing too much for their own consumption, they started retailing and wholesaling plants and vegetables. Over the next 16 years, they continued adding more greenhouses. In 1989, Dale, Naomi, and Josh opened Grim’s Greenhouse & Farm Market, Inc., which consisted of 9 greenhouses for spring bedding plants, hanging baskets, and vegetable plants. We farmed over 80 acres of greenhouses, vegetables, sweet corn, and grew over 25,000 mums. In 1997, they added the first ever corn maze in the Lehigh Valley region, which includes a pick your own pumpkin patch, straw maze, corn boxes, and numerous other activities. In 2011, Grim’s Orchards started a dwarf Pick-Your-Own apple orchard on a trellis system, with 25 different varieties of apples; and in 2012, we started giving hayride tours of the farm. In 2013, we planted 30,000 Strawberry plants and 2,000 sweet and sour Cherry trees to add to the Pick-Your-Own experience.
In March, 2014, we had an auction to sell all of our greenhouse structures and no longer grow any spring bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, and fall mums. We decided to concentrate our efforts on the Pick-Your-Own orchards, Fall Festival, Corn Maze, and expanding the Play Corral, now known as Grim’s Orchard & Family Farms.
2015 saw us planting more apple trees, now up to 17,500 trees. And planting more cherry trees, up to 2500 trees. For the spring Pick-Your-Own season, besides strawberries, we will now have peas and string beans.