Co-owners of 450-acre 'family fun farm' are retiring
The husband-and-wife co-owners of a 450-acre orchard and retail operation in the region are retiring after 40 years on the job.
Steve Klackle and Rosemary Klackle, co-owners of Klackle Orchards in Eureka Township, at 11466 W. Carson City Rd., said in a Facebook post yesterday they plan to retire next spring.
“When we started this adventure in 1978, there is no way we could have imagined all that it would become,” they said in the post. “We are grateful for the wonderful staff that we have had the privilege of working with for the past four decades.
“While we aren’t sure exactly what is next for the farm, it has been an honor to be a part of so many family traditions throughout the years, and we will treasure the memories we have created with all of you.”
The couple did not immediately respond to an inquiry for more information about the transition plan.
Their children, Natalie and Ryan, also work on the farm.
Founded in 1970 by Ray Klackle, Klackle Orchards offers pick-your-own apples, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, wagon rides and other seasonal events.
Klackle also runs The Pavilion, an indoor multi-sports center and events space, and the Cornucopia Farm Market, which offers produce, specialty foods, cheese and baked goods.
The Cornucopia Farm Market will be open through Dec. 15, offering doughnuts, pies, breads, cider, apples and Christmas gifts, according to the Klackles.