RACINE, WISCONSIN, August 7, 2016…This year Apple Holler’s orchard escaped the May freeze that affected many apple growers in Wisconsin and will have another bountiful apple crop. “Throughout this growing season, there has been plenty of warm weather and timely rains that created almost perfect growing conditions for a great crop,” says Dave Flannery, owner of Apple Holler.
Many orchards in Wisconsin were not so fortunate to dodge the cold snap. On May 14 and 15, orchards in central and northern Wisconsin were hit with frost that damaged apple blossoms. If the apple blossoms die, the fruit will not form. Though the damage statewide varies, it has been reported that some growers lost up to 95% of their crop. Orchards, like Apple Holler that are closer to the lake Michigan were not as affected by the frost.
The folks at Apple Holler are excited to announce that the early varieties of their apple crop are ripe and ready for picking. Guests can now pick-your-own Jersey Macand Viking apples. Over the next three months, more of their 30+ varieties of apples will be ready to eat fresh off the tree or for delicious pies, and other wonderful recipes. Apple Holler offers pick-your-own pears and pumpkins as well, which are expected to be ready by mid and late September, respectively.
Besides apple picking Apple Holler offers some down on the farm fun. Families are invited to visit the Apple Holler Family Farm Park. The Family Farm Park is open from 10:00am – 5:00pm daily and includes: Johnny Appleseed History Walk, Crazy Corn Maze, The Golden Goat Bridge and other farmyard animals to visit including baby goats, ducks, chickens and guineas, the Jack and the Beanstalk Storybook Trail, Giant Slide, pedal carts, Kids’ play area, with a huge Rainbow play system, an Amish-built wooden train, Cool Cow Maze, Music Garden, many great photo opportunities and MORE.
In addition, on the weekends Apple Holler also offers hand-led pony rides, tractor-pulled orchard train tours, and Bob the Rooster Puppet Show.
Apple Holler also offers a fantastic variety of other mouth-watering treats. Guests may enjoy their popular freshly baked apple pies, hot or cold apple cider, cider donuts, caramel apples, other bakery treats and more. Also enjoy Apple Holler’s home cooking with their restaurant, outdoor grill and special treats in the Country Store and Gift Shop.
Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, at exit 337 off I-94 on Sylvania Avenue (the west frontage road), just north and west of highway KR exit. Apple Holler is a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard and family farm, including pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; orchard and farm tours, children’s shows, school field trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. A perfect indoor/outdoor wedding venue and an agritourism destination.
Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www.appleholler.com, for further information.