Albemarle/Nelson County Line
It’s been one heck of a month for Ken and Yvonne Harris at amFOG up in Afton. As we first told you earlier today, they lost the huge barn on their orchard and greenhouse property. Just a couple of weeks ago they battled a huge blaze that burned up a lot of acreage but thankfully, spared the buildings. Ken and Yvonne aren’t just clients of ours, they are friends, and this is a huge loss, folks. The barn served as storage for lots of material used on the farm in the orchard and greenhouse operations.
Fire departments from all over the area responded to the blaze that was fanned by gusty southwesterly winds as high as 30 miles per hour at times.
Ken and Yvonne bought the operation over 5 years ago and have spent the better part of that time renovating the very popular business right on the Nelson-Albemarle County Line. Just a year ago they built a new farm market just off of Route 151. They have raised both son Jay and daughter Olivia since their move here.
Yvonne tells us she is not sure how the fire in the old barn started, but did say they thankfully have some insurance on the structure. How much it covered remains to be seen.
They also tell us in spite of the fire Sunday they will be open this week. “Maybe not Monday, but certainly in a day or two. The farm market is intact, and most of the spring operations can continue,” Yvonne said.