Orchard Market is in its 54th year in business. Julia and Ed Malkowski began growing produce on their farm for their market on the corner of U.S. 31 and Free Soil Road in 1960. Today, the Free Soil market includes a family restaurant and bakery that serves breakfast and lunch daily. The second store, located on Pere Marquette Highway in Ludington, opened in 1986.
Orchard Market has always been a family operation and is now in its third generation of owner/operators. Owners Bob and Teresa Malkowski are joined by son-in-law and daughter Bill and Amanda Sturgeon and Kyle Malkowski. “With the long hours we work on the farm and in the stores, the staff becomes family,” claims owner Bob Malkowski.
Orchard Market starts out the year as a nursery and garden center and then moves into home-grown products as the season progresses. They grow their own strawberries, sweet corn, cauliflower, broccoli, pickles, pumpkins, squash, peaches and many varieties of apples. Other items are supplied by local growers.
The company’s success has demonstrated how customers value local, fresh-from-the-farm produce.
Orchard Market’s bakery makes homemade pies just like grandma made. Both traditional and crumb topped deep-dish fruit pies and fruit strudels are available daily at both store locations.
Homemade butter cream fudges are also very popular. About 25 varieties are always available. The Market also features a large selection of jams, jellies, sugar-free preserves, barbecue sauces, mustards and pickled products are also favorites among customers.