Bob Rulfs arrived in Peru on March 19, 1952 from the small town of Valhalla in Westchester County. A recent college graduate with a degree in animal husbandry, Mr. Rulfs dreamed of owning a small dairy farm. He purchased a farm with four milk cows and three heifer calves.
The farm Mr. Rulfs purchased also came with 12 acres of apple trees. He sold apples in a wagon on the front lawn of his house.
In 1964, the Northway (I-87) was being constructed, and it consumed a good share of the farm. As a result, he purchased another farm in West Peru. At this point he operated two farms, seven miles apart, with his two sons - ages 8 and 6.
As time went on, Mr. Rulfs diversified his crops. In the 1960's he grew tomatoes and sweet corn. In 1983 he added the cider mill and in 1987, the bakery.
In 1988, his eldest son purchased the dairy farm so more time could be devoted to the Orchard and Roadside Stand. Today, Rulfs Orchard offers a variety of produce, apples and berries grown on our farm.
Each year we grow and become more diversified!
In addition to the retail side, we also wholesale our products to many area grocery stores and other businesses.