In 1976 I was offered the job of managing the farm and NB roadside markets for the family business, Stirling Fruit Farms LTD. As a young graduate from Nova Scotia Agricultural College, the challenge was too great to resist. I moved to Gagetown and started planting new varieties of apples and opening new roadside markets to supply New Brunswickers with farm fresh apples from our farms in NB and NS.
By the mid 1990’s, things changed with the family farm. My Grandfather passed away and the third generation of the family was involved in the business. For the good of all, it was decided to split into smaller business units. Through the split, Applemanfarms Ltd. purchased the farm in Gagetown but it came without access to the roadside markets in NB. Therefore for the first time since the NB Stirling apple stands were built, New Brunswick grown apples would not be available.