Who We Are

Our Mission Statement:

At Big Horse Creek Farm we strive to conduct our business such that we serve as protective stewards of the environment and contribute to the betterment of our community while also providing the highest quality products and services with a dedicated commitment to personal customer support and education.

Ron and Suzanne Joyner

Ron and Suzanne Joyner displaying their work at the Mountain Life Festival in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We are a small family-owned and operated orchard and nursery located in the remote high mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina. We specialize in the collection and propagation of antique and heirloom apple varieties of the Appalachian Mountains as well as many other apple varieties of the world. We seek to preserve these old varieties in the hope that others may appreciate the incredible diversity of apples that once was a part of the cultural heritage of the Appalachian region.

Ron and Suzanne at the Ashe County Farmers' Market, West Jefferson, North Carolina

Ron and Suzanne at the Ashe County Farmers’ Market in West Jefferson, North Carolina

Our goal is to make these rare and unique apples once again widely available to the public. This website is a representation of our work which we hope will stimulate your interest in the preservation of heirloom apples. By purchasing and planting these old apple varieties, you will be helping to ensure their continued existence for generations to come.