Ross Orchards is located in the Clark’s Fork Valley, the “Fruit Basket of Montana.” Starting in 1907, William E. Ross planted and promoted apple orchards, while practicing law in the Clark’s Fork Valley. While growing up in Fromberg, his son, Jack Ross, picked apples at local orchards and sold them to passengers on trains traveling through Fromberg. Jack returned to the Clark’s Fork Valley where he practiced law from 1945 to 1973. In 1952, he planted a one acre orchard, which included Wealthies, McIntosh, and Delicious apples. In 1982, Jack’s son, John Walker Ross and his family, continued the Ross Orchard tradition of practicing law and planting a 300 tree “Ross Orchard.” The new Ross Orchard has 14 varieties of apples, which depending upon the season and weather, ripen from mid-August to late-October.
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