About Us


Cider Hill Grows Family Memories

Jeff and Joan Shearer purchased the 38 acre property in the spring of 2011.  The family voted on the name which is how it became known at Cider Hill Family Orchard.  The Orchard is a new and exciting venture for the Shearer Family.

Both Jeff and Joan have had successful careers in the business world but decided they wanted to take a huge leap of faith and change their lives.  It is through their commitment to make a difference; Jeff and Joan have set out to create a very special place to share with friends and family.  The Orchard is a true labor of love and each year they hope it will continue to develop, to fulfill their vision and dreams.

Today, Jeff and Joan live with their two children just a few minutes from Cider Hill.  Their oldest son works in the local area.  His love at Cider Hill is fishing and running our annual Fishing Derby’s.  His younger sister attends K-State.  She is the orchard photographer. She enjoys helping customers with their apple orders and working in the Apple Store.  She is very creative and is always working on new products to share at the Orchard.

Jeff and Joan’s oldest daughter is married.  She and her husband have made their home in Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  She is a registered nurse and her husband is a horticulturist who takes care of the grounds at Colorado Christian University.   You will find their daughters and her family, home in Kansas many times throughout the year to help at the Orchard.

Jeff and Joan own and operate the Orchard.  Jeff’s passion is woodworking, landscaping and creative design.  He is a master at having a vision and being able to build it.  Joan’s love is to create “a memorable experience” for each Bride, Birthday Girl or visitor to the Orchard.  She often walks the perimeter of the grounds so she can watch the apples grow.  The Orchard has become a place of peace and beauty for the couple.  The Shearer’s plan on doing lots of “God Work” at the Orchard in years to come.

The Orchard’s mission is to create a place where families can come spend time together either in the Orchard, in the Pumpkin Patch or at the Fishing Ponds……..it is all about creating memories and making fun family traditions.