The Lemon Tree Farm began nearly sixty years ago in Herndon, Northumberland County.
It was founded by R. Dean and Shirley Lemon.
As a little boy, Dean played on the land he now farms. He vowed as a youngster, that when he grew-up, he would buy the property and raise Christmas Trees.
The couple purchased the 40-acres along the Susquehanna River with a twenty-five hundred dollar loan from a friend. Together they cleared the land, planted the seedlings and began a business.
Both Dean and Shirley also worked as school teachers in Lancaster County. Their love for the Lemon Christmas Tree Farm is present in every tree they sell.
Here is a picture of R. Dean and Shirley Lemon who shared more than fifty years of marriage. Shirley, a former teacher for the Warwick School District in Lititz, Lancaster County, passed away in December of 2013.
Dean is a former teacher in the Manheim Township School District in Neffsville, Lancaster County. He has continued on as a Christmas tree farmer.
There has always been a yellow lab at the farm… Guarding over the seedlings.