The Orchard

Our goal is to provide customers with high quality, locally grown fresh apples, apple cider and related retail products, while providing a family-fun, scenic environment.  Our fruit is grown utilizing sustainable agriculture & incorporates integrated pest management. We recognize the importance of being a caretaker of the earth, it's animals, plants & nature. We hope our customers have a wholesome country experience & leave our orchard feeling recharged.  

Freshly Picked Apples 
Recently, we installed a 4.5kW solar PV array at our orchard.  The simple ground-mount racking system was installed by the owners with the assistance of a master electrician for making the utility connection.  The 16 panel grid tied system generates roughly 50% of the electricity that the orchard uses on an annual basis.  We are certified members of "Travel Green Wisconsin" based on our sustainable energy practices.  

Timberland Hills Orchard

 

Over the years, a large portion of the orchard has been replanted with newer cold-hardy root stocks.orchard property is located in temperature zone 4a and grows primarily University of Minnesota (U of M) "northern" apple varieties. The first trees were planted at the site in 1985. The trees are on dwarf and semi-dwarf root stocks. 

The orchard is laid out with each row being a certain variety of apple. There are currently eleven varieties of apples, most of them coming from the U of M, as well as various crab apple trees which are used to assist in pollination. We also have a few plum, pear and cherry trees.

Timberland Hills Orchard

The orchard has a single large building, which contains retail sales area, a commercial kitchen, a walk-in apple cooler, workshop and space for material storage. The building is also set up with apple washing, grading, sizing and packaging equipment.

Picnic and game areas, a camp fire, and gardens and paths through the orchard provide a fun environment for young families to experience the orchard. Hay wagon rides are being provided on most weekends. Check our calendar for availability of special activities at the orchard.

The Gardens

Each year we are expanding our vegetable "gardens".  We currently have a small pumpkin patch, squash, sweet corn and ornamental corn.  On the front of the property, we have planted perrenial gardens in traditional style.  Please watch our site for additions!

Harvest Dates Variety
Aug 20-30

State Fair

Zestar!

Sep 15 - 30

Cortland

McIntosh

Sep 20 - Oct 5

Honeycrisp

NW Greening

Sep 25 – Oct 15

Haralson
Honeygold
Connell Red

Prairie Spy

Annual events include:

  • Hayrides in the fall
  • Bus tours
  • etc. 

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Wisconsin Apple Growers Association

US Apple Growers

Farm to Community Alliance

Travel Green Wisconsin

Low-acid, sweet flavor.  Similar to Fireside.  Fresh eating. Hardy, large dark red high quality eating apple. A good late keeping apple for northern areas.


Cortland Apples Cortland

Cortland is a typical McIntosh style apple variety, and ranks about 12th in terms of US apple production. However nearly all that production takes place in New York State. Cornell University developed this variety at the start of the 20th century. Cortland is widely grown in Quebec and Ontario, and it has proven itself to be well-suited to the freezing temperatures experienced around the Great Lakes.

An interesting characteristic of Cortland is that the flesh does not go brown very rapidly after being cut.


Fireside Apples Fireside

Large conical fruit. Green skin with scarlet stripes and sometimes a mottled orange flush. Crisp, sweet, juicy greenish white to yellow flesh.  Excellent eating apple.


Greening Apples Greening

The fruit is a pale green, that turns yellow when fully mature. It has a waxy, smooth handsome finish. It is well known as a good keeper into the winter. It is a good all purpose sauce, cooking and pie apple with a mild, sub-acid flavor, but isn't a great fresh eating apple. It ripens mid-late in the fall.


Haralson Apples Haralson

Good baking, eating and cider apple. Flesh is crisp, juicy, firm. Mildly tart flavor, not acid. Holds its shape and texture in baking. Retains good flavor in keeping.


Honey Gold apples Honey Gold

Hardy substitute for Golden Delicious developed especially for cold northern areas. Golden Delicious flavor, Haralson hardiness. Medium to large golden to greenish fruit with very smooth finish and reddish bronze blush. Flavor is sweeter and more bland than Golden Delicious. High quality. Superior storage qualities.


Honeycrisp apples Honeycrisp

This is a crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA. It was developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and is one of the most cold-hardy of apple varieties.


McIntosh apples McIntosh

This variety is without doubt one of the great North American apple varieties.  Like its 19th century contemporaries Golden Delicious and Red Delicious, it has become a highly influential apple variety with numerous offspring.  The apple was discovered by a John McIntosh, a farmer in Ontario in the early 19th century, and he and his family became involved in propagating trees.  The McIntosh apple was ideally suited to the climate of the area, being a heavy and reliable cropper with good cold hardiness, and seems to achieve its best flavor in colder apple-growing regions.

The McIntosh style is typified by attractive dark red or (more often) crimson colors, and a crunchy bite, often with bright white flesh. The flavor is simple and direct, generally sweet but with refreshing acidity, and usually a hint of wine - often referred to as "vinous".  In general these apples keep reasonably well in store, but the flavor falls away quite rapidly - although remaining perfectly pleasant. 


State Fair apples State Fair

Fruit is round, conic, medium sized. Fruit is brilliantly striped with reddish orange over a yellow background. Creamy flesh is firm, juicy aromatic and sweet and firmer than most early varieties. Moderately subacid flavor. Excellent for fresh eating. Keeps well for a summer apple.


Zestar! apples Zestar!

This newer variety is a early season apple that comes from the University of Minnesota breeding program (trademarked, USPP#11367).  It is a good solid early apple, with a sweet-tart taste and a hint of brown sugar flavoring.  The apple is medium in size, round, with red cover over 60-75% of the skin depending on sun exposure, and yellow undercolor.  The flesh is white with a crisp texture, and while a nice texture for cooking the apple does tend to brown fairly quickly.

For an early season apple the taste is very good, and it also has a good shelf-life of a couple months.  It is one of the parents of the new popular US variety, Sweetango. Zestar! was developed for cold-hardiness, and performs best in cool climates.