January thru June OPEN BY APPOINTMENT 715-778-5881

Maple Leaf Orchard

SORRY, WE CANNOT OFFER PICK YOUR OWN APPLES THIS YEAR!

Several weather events negatively impacted our fruit yield this year. We had several nights below freezing this spring during blossom time that froze some of the fruit buds. Then June had record heat and drought that led to the apple trees dropping many apples. Normally an apple tree with a high yield will naturally drop a few extra apples, but the excessive heat and drought stressed all the apple trees, so most of them dropped a majority of their apples to alleviate the stress. We have 30% of our normal apple crop, so we cannot offer Pick Your Own Apples this year. Also many of our varieties have little or no apples, so please call for availability 715-778-5881 or check Facebook or Instagram on Friday evenings to see the list of apples available in the shop, and pears, when they are ripe. Thank you for your understanding!

OPEN daily 10:00-5:00 LABOR DAY MONDAY-HALLOWEEN (Sept. 6-Oct. 31), and then Wednesdays and Saturdays November 1-December 23. Call 715-778-5881 with questions.

EVERY DAY in the shop, select from our 30 varieties of APPLES as they ripen throughout the season, and purchase MAPLE SYRUP made on our farm, HONEY from our beehives, fresh unpasteurized APPLE CIDER, JELLY, PEARS, SQUASH, WATERMELONS, SALSA, PICKLES, POTATOES, Pick Your Own GRAPES and PUMPKINS, MUMS, etc.

WEEKENDS: Hayrides, APPLE DONUTS on Saturday and Sunday, APPLE PIES on Friday and Saturday, and APPLE CRISP on Sunday. Again, we're sorry we cannot offer Pick Your Own Apples this year, but we still have the hayrides. Thanks!

We are a family run orchard employing local families. This is a real working farm, where the fruit is grown on site. We utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to provide you with high quality fruit with minimal sprays. We monitor our orchard regularly for pests by setting out pheromone traps to catch and monitor insect pest species and only spray when the number of specific pests in the traps exceeds the threshold. Mark monitors apple leaves and fruit for insects and diseases. Our weather station monitors conditions that are favorable for disease development. Mark uses this information, along with the stage of fruit development during the year, to make decisions on how to manage pests in the most environmentally friendly way. We utilize many alternative methods for pest control to cut down on spraying, such as alternate row mowing, hanging wren houses in the orchard, pheromone disruption for apple codling moth, and providing good habitat for beneficial insects. We strive to take care of this beautiful farm, so it can be producing delicious fruit for generations to come.

Taste the difference of locally grown fruit vs. fruit in the stores that have been shipped long distances and stored for long periods of time.

Visit Mark at St Paul Farmers Market on Saturday mornings May - October.

Service dogs only. Please keep your pets at home where they are more comfortable.


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Thank you,
Mark and Sue Christopher
Maple Leaf Orchard