Tonn's Orchard was started by Herbert and Arlene Tonn over fifty years ago when they bought land in Burlington, cleared the woods by hand, and built a barn. Herb started planting fruit trees, built a greenhouse and opened a small roadside stand to sell his extra crops.
Customers became hooked on his fresh picked fruit and vegetables and his clientele quickly grew. As Tonn's Orchard continued to grow, Herb purchased ten acres in Terryville to expand the Orchard.
As the farm and orchard continued to flourish, the entire family all helped out with picking and selling the produce. The farm started to grow with a new farm stand and a sales room. Farmers Markets became center stage and continue today with over five markets weekly from June through October. The youngest daughter, Linda Beaudoin worked daily on the farm alongside Paul Tonn, the oldest child, to help out Herbert with the never ending chores of the farm. Peter Tonn, the middle child and his wife Roxanne took over the orchard in Terryville and continue to run the day to day operations.
Jordan Tonn and his wife Aubri have taken over the business and in the last few years, they have successfully turned the farm into the place it is today. On any given day you may see their daughter Sienna greeting all the customers. They worked tirelessly to bring the Marketplace to Burlington and continue to innovate the farm bringing new and exciting events at the farm including farm to table events, Fall Fest, Christmas at the farm including special visits from Santa, yoga on the farm and many other local events. They also developed and created a CSA that has grown over the last few years. Tonn's Marketplace was also just recognized as the "Best Farm Stand" By Hartford Magazine for 2020.The best is yet to come!
Tonn's Marketplace is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Paul Tonn. If anyone ever came out to one of our markets, was a CSA member or just stopped by at the farm you would probably run into Paul. He was the driving force behind the farm and also kept the farm going through all the years when others were ready to give it up. He loved farming, working with his hands and getting dirty. He would just love how you could plant a small seed, take care of it and watch it grow and turn into something amazing. There was no one that cared more about the farm and sustainability of keeping it going for the family, customers and the town.
While the farm and orchard will not be the same, we plan to continue Tonn's Orchard. He had so many dreams and goals for the farm. Our promise to him is to make these dreams reality. We have so many exciting things planned this year at the farm and we are really excited about them, however you may see a tear in our eyes at times and this is just because we will be missing our father, husband and son.
We love you Paul Tonn
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our founder, husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, Herbert Tonn. Herbert passed peacefully Friday morning surrounded by his family. He was 91.
Herbert started the farm over fifty years ago as a hobby farm with his wife Arlene. The farm started as just strawberries and quickly progressed to peaches and apples. Later on he would become known for his delicious tomatoes. The farm grew and Herb built a roadside stand and started attending farmers markets with his wife. Everyone in the family helped out on the farm in various capabilities and it continued for many years and always kept the family together.
Herb was very proud to see his legacy continue with the building of Tonn’s Marketplace and many days you could still see him and his wife outside watching all the cars go in and out of the Marketplace.
His legacy will continue on but we will miss him dearly. He taught us faith, family and the value of hard work.