Meet the Team
Striving to be the Very Best
Crown Orchard Company has been supplying its customers with the freshest, best quality fruits in the market since 1912. This is largely in part due to our wonderful Crown Family, who make this business a well-oiled machine.
Our employees are no doubt the "Apples of our Eye" and without them, none of our achievements would be possible.
Henry Chiles (the 8th)
Henry took over the family business at a very young age when his father passed away. He was always active with the farm before that and there was never a question that he would continue on and take Crown Orchard into the future! He has devoted his entire life to agriculture and making sure Crown Orchard maintained its roots while moving towards the future!
Henry's wife, Retired from Retail Operations
Ruth has worked alongside Henry since before they were married 60 years ago! On a particular bad year where the weather froze out most of the crop, Henry asked Ruth if she thought she could sell some peaches on the side of the road. Ruth told him she would do her best! 30-40 years later, that first start is now Chiles Peach Orchard on Jarman Gap Road in Crozet! Ruth put everything she had into raising her 3 children and building a retail operation! Even though she has retired from that, you can still see her checking in on the fruit stands and saying hello to old friends!
Office Manager, Huff's Wife
Judy runs our main office! If that job wasn't tough enough, she also has the job of trying to keep Huff and Henry straight! Judy and Huff met at VA Tech (Go Hokies!) and were married after graduating. Later she began working in the office and has ever since. It wasn't a surprise to see her at the office with three little ones in tow!
Henry Chiles (the 10th)
"Young" Henry has followed in his father and grandfather's footsteps pretty much since the day he was born. He has always had an interest in the orchards and as he grew older he too knew that one day he would be carrying on his great, great grandfather's legacy. Henry is a graduate of Va Tech (Go Hokies!)! He works with his father managing the field operations, scouting, planting trees, driving tractors, and learning as much as he can.
Cynthia, has worked in the family business from a very young age. She remembers vividly her first big job working as a grader on the packing line! Though farming has always been in her blood and heart, she worked outside the family business for a long time in the travel industry. She later returned home to help her mother run the family's retail operations. Since her mother retired, Cynthia has cared for and cultivated the original vision her mother, Ruth, had when she started our first roadside market with a card table, folding chair and a cigar box.
Henry "Huff" Chiles (the 9th)
Huff runs the entire Farm operation alongside his father and son. Truly a family run business! Huff started out working in the orchard before he was barely able to walk! Growing up in the family business, Huff knew this was his path in life. He strives hard to keep Crown on the forefront by carefully selecting what varieties to plant and growing the best possible fruit.
Huff graduated from VA Tech ( Go Hokies!) even though his father is a die hard UVA fan!
Quality Control/Food Safety
Sarah too worked in the family business while growing up. She remembers her first job on the packing line at age 6, sitting on a field crate sealing the bags of apples after they were packed.
Sarah went on to teach elementary school for 25 years before returning home to work with the family. She focuses on Quality Control both in the packing house and in the orchard, helping run the packing line, and working with the food safety team.
Crown Orchard has many employees who work behind the scenes every day, truck drivers, tractor drivers, crew supervisors, packing house workers,field crews, etc. Many of them have been a part of the Crown family for 20+ years! Without these dedicated hard-working individuals we would not be where we are today!