Wisconsin growers expect huge apple and pumpkin crop this fall

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 6:08 AM CDT
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FITCHBURG, Wis. (WMTV) -While the calendar may not yet officially read fall, it’s never too early to start planning weekends trips to your local apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Fall agriculture tourism is in full swing in the Badger State.

While Wisconsin may be known as America’s Dairyland there is much more to experience than milk and cheese. Wisconsin also ranks 11th in apple production across the nation. According to the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, there are more than 300 orchards located in 57 of the states 72 counties.

The apple industry relies heavily on the weather, and growers at Eplegaarden in Fitchburg say this season has yielded a great crop.

“This year, knock on wood, everything’s been going well and we have great quality apples and a lot of them,” which isn’t always the case, farmer Dave Wildes said. “An apple tree blooms in early May and in Wisconsin as you know sometimes winter hasn’t completed itself.”

The Eplegaarden offers 100 acres for apple picking, pick-your-own flowers, farm-fresh honey, apple cider, hard cider, cider donuts, tomatoes, friendly goats! and pumpkins ripe for picking from the patch.

“It’s satisfying to hear the laughter and the kids, and the parents who are showing their kids what they did and teach them a little about nature,” Wildes said. “Nothing beats the experience of getting out there and doing it with your family and friends, a lot of college kids come out in groups too so it’s a lot of fun.”

The Eplegaarden is open Tuesdays through Sundays until Halloween.

For a list of Madison-area orchards and farmers markets, see here.

To see Travel Wisconsin’s 7 orchards ‘Worth the Pick’ this fall see here.

Fall at Eplegaarden in Fitchburg