Bishop's Orchards began operating as a family farm in 1871. Over the years, Bishop's Orchards expanded to a 313-acre (1.27 km2) farm, with the Bishop family members maintaining control of all duties ranging from corporate decision-making to retail operations to crop maintenance. In 2007, the Bishop family members created a 10-year stock purchase and loan program to ensure a continuation of family ownership.
Bishop's Orchards has attracted tourism via its retail market and seasonal apple- and pumpkin-picking programs; visits by local school groups are also coordinated.
In July 2010, the owners of Bishop's Orchards completed a two year study to determine the feasibility of a wind turbine on their property. Utilizing a 197 feet (60 m) tower to measure wind speed and direction, it was determined that while it was not economical at this time, the project could be revisited over the next decade.
The Shoreline Wine Festival has been held annually at Bishop's Orchards since August 2006. The festival features wineries from the Connecticut Wine Trail as well as any Connecticut producers.
- "An unassuming man and his life of service," Shoreline Times, July 8, 2008
- “Family-owned orchard in Guilford, Conn., celebrates 135 years of operation,” New Haven Register, May 21, 2006 (library card access required)
- "Bishop's Orchards Winery," Connecticut Wine Trail