Deal’s Orchard was started by Frank Deal as a part-time hobby in 1917. When Frank moved from Illinois he and his sons Forrest and Lynn planted 16 acres in apple trees, adding to a small orchard that was already on the homestead. In the late 1950’s, Lynn left the partnership to pursue other farming interests. Frank remained in the partnership until the mid-1960’s, when Forrest and his wife, Edna, took over the business.
Jerald Deal, the only son of Forrest and Edna, joined in partnership with his father in 1974. Jerald is a 1973 graduate of Iowa State University, but learned most of what he knows about growing apples from his dad and grandpa. Cindy Deal, Jerald’s wife, joined the family business in 1976.
Today, Jerald and Cindy still own the family operation and their sons Benji and Chris are now actively involved as well. Under the direction of Jerald and Cindy, Deal’s Orchard has grown from a fruit farm into a fall destination, hosting thousands of visitors each year