Driftless Region Apple Orchards

VISIT AN ORCHARD THIS FALL!

In the mood to explore more of the region’s apple orchards? We put together a list of orchards in the tri-state area (there were a lot more than we realized, but so sorry if we left any out!). Head on out for some sweet, fall fun – but remember: Apple orchards are often open seasonally, or for limited hours. You-pick apple-picking time is mainly August/September through October or so, but there are also some orchards that are open for a longer season, or that have offerings beyond apples. So when planning your trip, please check websites and/or call beforehand to make sure of current hours.

Iowa

Apples on the Avenue
3035 Addison Blvd, Nashua, IA
641-210-5506 • www.applesontheavenue.com

Countryside Orchard
1803 Whitetail Dr, Lansing, IA
563-538-4546

Czipar’s Apple Orchard
8610 US-52, Dubuque, IA
563-582-7476 • cziparsorchards.com

East View Orchard
2355 Union Ave, Fredericksburg, IA
563-238-3871

Peake Orchards
323 N Line Dr, Waukon, IA
Peake Orchards on Facebook

Wisconsin

Cardinal Ridge Orchard
S10958 Hazelnut Road, Spring Green, WI
608-546-2225 • cardinalridgeorchard.weebly.com

Ecker’s Apple Farm
W27062 WI-54, Trempealeau, WI 54661
608-539-2652 • eckersapplefarm.com

Ferguson’s Orchards
N17543 Grover Ln, Galesville, WI
608-539-4239 • www.fergusonsorchard.com

James Flemming Jr Orchard
46054 WI-171, Gays Mills, WI
608-735-4625 • www.flemingorchards.com

Kickapoo Orchard
46490 WI-171, Gays Mills, WI
608-735-4637 • Kickapoo Orchard on Facebook

Maple Ridge Orchard
6675 Maple Ave, Cashton, WI
608-654-5151 • www.mapleridgeorchard.com

Munchkey Apples
175 Drammen Valley Rd, Mt Horeb, WI
608-523-1163 • munchkeyapples.com

Oakwood Fruit Farm
31128 Apple Ridge Rd, Richland Center, WI
608-585-2701 • www.oakwoodfruitfarm.com

Sacia Orchards Apple Market & Bakery
W19461 US-53 #54/93, Galesville, WI
608-582-2119 • www.saciaorchards.com

Shefelbine Orchards & Pumpkin
W4918 County Rd S, Holmen, WI
608-526-3495 • Shefelbine Orchard on Facebook

Shihata Orchard
61549 Limery Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI
608-326-2785 • www.shihataorchard.com

Sunrise Orchards, Inc.
48340 WI-171, Gays Mills, WI
608-735-4645 • www.sunriseapples.com

Sutter’s Ridge Farm
2074 Sutter Dr, Mt Horeb, WI
608-832-6445 • www.suttersridge.com

Turkey Ridge Organic Orchard
50350 Turkey Ridge Rd, Gays Mills, WI
608-735-4660

West Ridge Orchard
52132 WI-171, Gays Mills, WI
608-735-4299 • gaysmillsorchardridge.com

Minnesota

Blossom Hill Orchard & Farm
645 Highway 52 East, Preston, MN
507-765-4486 • www.blossomhillapples.com

Fruit Acres, Inc.
33309 County Hwy 1, La Crescent, MN
507-895-4750

Hoch Orchard & Garden
32553 Forster Rd, La Crescent, MN
507-643-6329 • www.hochorchard.com

Leidel’s Orchard
33114 County Highway 1, La Crescent, MN
507-895-8221

Northwoods Orchard
8018 75th Ave NW, Oronoco, MN
507-280-0591

Pepin Heights Orchard Inc.
70519 243rd Ave, Wabasha, MN
651-565-0267 • pepinheights.com

Pine Tree Apple Orchard
1201 St. Paul Street, Preston, MN
651-429-7202 • www.pinetreeappleorchard.com

Sekapp Orchard
3415 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, MN
507-282-4544 • sekapporchard.com

Southwind Orchards
45440 Co Rd 12, Dakota, MN
507-643-6255 • southwindorchards.com

Stremcha Orchards
28095 Kerns Rd, Dakota, MN
507-643-6301

Tweite’s Family Farm
1821 Frontier Road SW, Byron, MN
507-365-8035 • tweitesfamilyfarm.com

Van Lin Orchards
4002 T-258, La Crescent, MN
507-895-4492 • Van Lin Orchards on Facebook

Wescott Orchard & Agri Products
28085 County Rd 25, Elgin, MN
507-876-2891 • Wescott Orchard on Facebook

Make It: Paper Boats!

In this paper project, Roxie will show you how to fold origami paper boats… and maybe, like her, you’ll make nearly 100 of them! She entered some of her paper boats into the hobby collections for the Winneshiek County Fair this summer, and she got a first place ribbon! She was so excited. We wanted to show off her skills this fall with the Inspire(d) Paper Project! Use your boats as place cards at Thanksgiving or make a fleet like Roxie did as a fun activity on a cool day!

Supplies:
8.5 x 11 paper sheet (or any rectangle piece of paper of most any size)

1. Take an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and fold it in half.

2. Fold in half again.

3. Open it back up and then, with the crease at the bottom, fold the corners in to the crease (like you’re making a paper airplane).

4. Fold the top piece of excess paper over the folded corners.

5. Flip the paper over and fold the excess corners over the back.

6. Fold the facing corner in as well.

7. Repeat on the other side.

8. Now fold the excess bottom up over the boat (it’ll look like a little hat).

9. Grab the two middle points and open the hat like a pocket – keep opening, then flatten…it’ll be a diamond shape now.

10. With the open pieces facing you, fold the top piece up to the tip.

11. Flip it over and do the same on the opposite side.

12. Open the pocket again (the same way you did before), and make another (now smaller) diamond.

13. With the open part of the diamond facing up, pinch the two pieces on each side of the point.

14. Pull those parts open, and the boat will start to form. It might not open perfectly (like Roxie’s didn’t in the video at the top of the page), but once you pull it should flatten out to make the boat shape. Puff up the middle and adjust the sides to form the boat as you would like it to look, and you’re done! Enjoy!

September 2019 Calendar!

September! Isn’t fall the best? There are always so many fun things to do! Start your planning with this handy-dandy September 2019 calendar (you can download the pdf here).  Have a great fall! XO, Inspire(d)

LOOKING FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT EVENTS ON THE CALENDARS?
Check out these great September 2019 activities! In chronological order, each event’s number coincides with its number on the calendar!

1. September 14: Join the Porter House Museum for their annual fundraiser – held at the Lingonberry, 218 W Water St., Decorah,  4-6pm. Come enjoy great company while supporting one of the region’s most unique museums! www.porterhousemuseum.org

2. September 14: Are you brave enough to see all the creepy, crawly insects at the Insect Zoo? Families welcome for a fun and interactive display, Decorah Public Library, 11am-1pm. www.decorah.lib.ia.us

3. September 15: Bike (or Bus!) the Barns for FairShare CSA Coalition. Farm tours, local food, craft libations, live music. Tour begins at Columbus, WI Fireman’s Park. (608) 226-0300, bikethebarns@csacoalition.org, www.csacoalition.org/bike-the-barns/

4. September 19: Tattoo Talk – “Tattooing in the Ancient World,” Lars Krutak, Tattoo Anthropologist. 7:00 pm at Luther College, After Party at Vesterheim. www.vesterheim.org

5. September 19-22: Norman Borlaug Harvest Festival! Tour the Borlaug Farm, Quilt Auction, Cruise to Cresco, 5K, Steak Cook-Off, and end with the Northeast Iowa Food Packaging Event! www.crescochamber.com

6. September 21: Get your boots dirty at SidieFest Community Trail Building Day! Vernon Trails’ trail crew will guide crews on various singletrack projects throughout Sidie Hollow. Fun. Community. Dirt. Trails. Revelry. info: www.bluedogcycles.com 

7. September  22: Eat It, Cancer! American Society of Cancer progressive dinner sponsored by PIVO Brewery, Pulpit Rock Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewery, & Rubaiyat Restaurant. www.CrowdRise.com/Eat-It-Cancer

8. September 28-29: Iowa Barn Foundation 19th Annual Fall Barn Tour! Tour the countryside across Iowa to view some of Iowa’s most incredible structures. iowabarnfoundation.org