An Open Letter to Our Neighbors In Mount Juliet

An Open Letter to Our Neighbors In Mount Juliet

An Open letter to our neighbors in Mount Juliet.

 

I would really like to say thank you to all the people who have come out to support us this summer.  We have really loved talking with you, hearing your stories, cherishing your memories and learning so much from all of you.

 

It has been brought to our attention that there are some rumors swirling around out there about the Orchard.

 

Rather than let them swirl and grow and perpetuate, we would rather address them head on.

 

First, to all of our Beckwith neighbors who have taken the time to stop by and ask us to our face what’s going on.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  It feels much better to talk things out.

 

To all who have wanted to stop by and haven’t made it here yet, come on up.  We would love to look you in the eye and hopefully set your mind at ease that we want to be good neighbors.

 

We have never had any plans to turn into the northern version of Bonnaroo or to be the next Starwood.  We are an orchard in the middle of a residential neighborhood, that’s crazy talk.

 

We have no plans to tear down the store.  We are so proud of the work we’ve done to the store.  It’s beyond beautiful.  We are constantly working to improve the look and feel of the store and only plan to keep improving it in the years to come.  If anything, I would like to finish it by concreting the patio and putting fans and misters/heater out there with more picnic benches.

 

The Breeden’s put 45 years of blood, sweat and tears into this place on top of the hill.  They have probably forgotten more about peaches and apples than we will ever learn.  They had a successful orchard supported by the community.  That is what we want also, the love and support of the community.  And trust me, people loved the Breeden’s and this special place.

 

Do we plan to make some more changes up here?  Absolutely.  We may have saved the place from turning into another housing community, but we are not doing this to be altruistic.  We are doing this to be entrepreneurs.  As such, we would like to make this as successful a business as possible.  If you have spoken with me, I have quite possibly uttered the following words … “I like to throw a lot of stuff at the wall and see what sticks”.  Obviously, the peaches and apples “stick”, the fried pies “stick”, the slushies, the honey, our jams and sauces “stick”.  We are working on ideas and concepts of what will be the next things to “stick”.

 

So, to address the changes that are coming down the pike.

 

  1.  We have pulled out approximately 1/4 of the orchard’s oldest fruit trees.  We have already purchased 180 new peach trees (7 different varieties including the much sought after Red Havens and White Peaches), 150 apple trees, 10 fig trees, and 10 persimmon trees.  Replanting of the trees will take place this winter after the soil has been amended.  So please if you see an open patch in the orchard, know that it will be full with fruit trees once more, it is just going to take some time.

 

  1.  In 3 to 4 years’ time, we will pull out the other 1/2 of the front of the orchard for more replanting.

 

  1.  We want to host farmers markets, craft and artisan fairs and seasonal family days.  Knowing that this will increase traffic on Beckwith Road, we would like to work with our neighbors who are trying to get a stop light at Beckwith and 70.  It was needed even before we got here and we agree that it is needed for the safety of our neighborhood.

 

  1.  We are starting a solar project on the roof of the store within the next few weeks.  We will be feeding energy back into the grid.  We would love to talk to you more about our solar project and of course tell the kids about it.

 

  1.  We have no idea when the pond on the property last held water, but we would like to re-line it and use it for irrigation and stock it for kids to come and fish.

 

  1.  Yes, we did take down part of the house.  But we did it with so much care and salvaged everything we could.  We can show you the history of the house, with many of the boards inside the store.  Let us tell you where this board came from, or the tin, or the shiplap.

 

  1.  Where the house stands, we plan to build a small event barn.  We hope to have weddings, corporate retreats, and yoga or meditation classes.  We want to build a place where today’s generation can create the same memories that so many people have told us about.  We want kids to watch a tree grow from 36 inches to where it is taller than them.  We want them to pick peaches and apples and then come back up here and take their prom picture in front of the barn.  Then one day we want them to get married in that barn and then, God willing, bring their kids up to pick apples and peaches and tell their kids the story of the trees and the orchard and the cider and pies and whatever else we come up with that “sticks”.

 

We would love for any of the concerned folks of Mt. Juliet to come and visit us, talk to us, ask questions, share concerns and give us feedback and yes, even criticism.  We want this to place to be a special place for everyone for generations to come.

 

38 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Our Neighbors In Mount Juliet

  1. I’ve been back to the orchard many times alreay this season and so pleased to see the improvements that have been made. I look forward to more changes for the positive in the months to come.

    Thanks for saving and preserving the orchard!

    1. It really is our pleasure, Beth. It’s a little slice of heaven up here on the hill. Thank you for your support!

  2. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Thankk you fir what you a doing! IT’s a won thing!

  4. This sounds so Exciting and A place to trEsure to make memories for our children and grandchildren. God bless you in your endeavors to make Breeden Orchard A spEcial place for familyIes.
    Thank you for all the information.

    1. Thank you Kaye!

  5. What a thoughtful, open and honest letter to the community! Due to summer life schedules, we have not yet made it to the renewed Breeden’s. I think the concept you are envisioning makes an old traditional family orchard new life. Keep honing that vision…it is a huge plus to the community and will, over time, draw a larger customer base. I promise that we will come visit very soon!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Jan! We hope you had a chance to come visit us this season. If not, we hope to see you next year!

  6. I would love to see this become much more in the future I was hoping that maybe you guys would plant pumpkins and fall squashes and gourds too! Praying for you to have a more sucessfull fruit season next year !

    1. We did plant some pumpkins and gourds, but we didn’t know what we’re doing. Chalk it up to a learning experience. We’ll do better next year! 🙂

  7. The Peaches I bought were Fabulous!!!! I didn’t here those Rumors!!!!!YES!!!! Some of Us have known the Breedens for more than forty years and WE “know” They love you and so excited with your plans. and….so are we!!!!!! Love, Carol and rich wolverton

    1. Thank you Carol and Rich! Your kind words and support mean so much to us!

  8. I support your efforts and deSires. AweSome!!

    Talk to David Hughes from
    Rockbridge Trees on FB. He is great. I would plant ten pecan trees or more and let them
    GrOw and produce for the future.

    Willbe out Again

    God’s blessings.

    1. Thank you James!

  9. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain your plans for the orchard. I am juSt happy that someone (you) bought BreEdens to keep theIr legacy in Tact. And i love that you are allowing farmers market to set uP on your property. I look forward to being able to come onCe again and do some pickin’. I wish you the best of luck.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Linda! We hope you can make it for peach picking next July!

  10. i love your vision and can’t wait to visit your orchard.

    1. Can’t wait to have y’all stop by! Thanks Denise!

  11. Thank you. We look forward to many more years with us.

  12. We love Your peaches and so much more. Such a great place to pick up some wonderful, unusual (white honey for example) items.

    We look forward to visiting more often.

    1. Thank you, Sharon! We’ve got many more exciting things we’ll be offering next year!

  13. are u dking pumpkins this year??

    1. All of our pumpkins are 20% off this weekend!

  14. Great job on the concern of your neigh thoughts
    I have met the current owners and they are nothing but honest genuine hardworking people

    1. Thank you Nick!

  15. Sounds like some great ideas. I hope you can realize all your dreams.

    1. Thank you Joan!

  16. Thank you for saving this beautiful part of mt. juliet. i love the plans you have for this farm.

    1. Thank you Ginger!

  17. We lived in Mt Juliet for 30 years before moving to lebanon in 2016. we loved going to breeden’s for peaches in the summer and apples in the fall and were very sad when they closed the orchard, with that said, we are thrilled that someone has bought it and bringing it back into operation; can’t wait for the 2019 peach season to get here!! All the changes you mention sound awesome.

    1. Thank you for the kind words and we hope you all can make some new memories with us!

  18. The place is magical! the people are even better!
    we Highly Recommend for all ages!

    1. Thanks David!

  19. Oh my goodness, i don’t know where you are but saw your pist on my facebook. I am in NJ. The first thing that popped into my mind is that maybe you could have home made ice cream. Imagine fresh peach ice cream! But only furing the season So people know its fresh. They make a BLUEBERRY ice cream down here and we all anxiou wait for the seafon and then are sad when its over. But, we look forward yo the next year!!!

  20. LOVE this and so excited to read this and hoping to visit tomorrow!!!!

  21. So happy to hear about all of This. I thougjt breedens was shut dowb. Will habe tO come by and visit. Had no idea you were back open. Love breedens orchard!

    1. We’re happy that you’re happy!

  22. Sooooo wonderful! Your letter brought tears to my eyes in the beautifully articulate vision you describe of old memories and creating new. i live in joelton now for almost 3 years and am always looking for this type of community market in surrounding areas. I travel for work, so find my time here being spent at various points of the season and have yet to find a ‘groove’ for all the wonderful fruits and vegetables middle tennessee has to offer. do you still have apples available in your store or have i missed my opportunity? If I have I certainly look forward to coming to find you next year!
    Best Of luck!
    Dawn

    can I BE ADDED TO YOUR EMAIL LIST PLEASE
    THANKS!

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