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, Josh, who is married to Josie Schultz; and a daughter, Ruth, who is married to Craig Beers.
Over the years, they grew feed corn, wheat, barley, and oats, 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. They 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 started a dwarf Pick-Your-Own apple orchard on a trellis system, with over 20 different varieties of apples; and in 2012, they started giving hayride tours of the farm. In 2013, they 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, or fall mums. We decided to concentrate our efforts on the Pick-Your-Own orchards, Fall Festival, Corn Maze, Hay Rides, and expanding the Play Corral, what is now known as Grim’s Orchard & Family Farms.
2015 and 2016, and each year since, saw us planting more apple trees, now up to 30,000 trees. And planting more cherry trees, up to 2500 trees.
In 2020, with the world in a global pandemic due to the Coronavirus, Covid-19, we saw grocery store shelfs empty, people working from home, everyone wearing face masks and being quarantined at home with their family. They were cooking from home all the time and not going out to eat. More people were concerned about where their food was coming from. So, we quickly got plants ordered and in the ground, and grew potatoes, sweet potatoes, and all kinds of vegetables, and added them to our Pick-Your-Own Experience. You can even take the potatoes that you picked and have them made into French Fries right on the spot! Appropriately named The Great Potato Dig!