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2024 Family Biz Awards: The Lyman Farm Inc.

The Lyman Farm Inc. is the operator of Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, a diversified provider of family entertainment, food and recreation. Lyman Orchards offers family-friendly events, pick-your-own fruit, a farm market, award-winning pies, sunflower and corn mazes, and a year-round golf course.

Tell us about your recent accomplishments.

Lyman Orchards recently acquired the assets of Something Sweet out of bankruptcy in 2021, allowing us to grow our wholesale bakery operation. Lyman Orchards has also created a year-round destination for people of all ages.

What are your family values and how do they contribute to your business success?

Our family values are integrity, commitment to excellence, innovation and stewardship. These contribute to our business success by acknowledging what our guests and employees appreciate about our business and finding ways to expand and evolve as we continue to be a favorite family destination in Connecticut.

Where do you see your business in the next five years?

A successful transition to the ninth generation, a well-recognized regional destination for families, and a large wholesale division of Lyman food products.

Do you have a business succession plan?

At two levels: Board of Directors — recruit talented outside directors and transition family directors to the ninth generation.

Management — retain a talented non-family management team and bring on two to three key ninth-generation members.

Click here to see the rest of the 2024 Family Business Award Honorees

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