Apples Grown and Cider Pressed in Rochester, Wisconsin
Ela Orchard is located in Rochester, Wisconsin. We grow many varieties of apples and pears, and we press fresh apple cider.
We sell apples and cider at our apple barn during the fall season and into the winter. For the 2021 season, cider production is suspended until our new construction is complete. You can sample the varieties available and our goats would love to eat any leftover cores!
We are closing for the season much earlier than usual this year due to a lower supply of apples and the lack of a winter weather sales area.
We are closed Monday Nov. 15 through Friday November 19, but we will be open for two final days Saturday Nov. 20 and Sunday Nov. 21 for any pre-Thanksgiving needs. After Nov 21, we will be closed for the season at the orchard.
We'll be at the Dane County Farmers Market and the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Markets this month until our apple supply runs out. Check out our markets page for details about those markets.
Varieties available will change based on supply and location but currently include
Our apple barn burned down on Jan 12 and with it much of our capacity for handling our harvest. The trees on which the apples grow were not affected.
Thanks in large part to the most generous donations and support and encouragement of so many of you, we are working to rebuild our barn and to do what we can to get our apples to you this season. Plans have moved along for the rebuilding, but the timeline for a new building is slower than the ripening of the apples. For now, we are set up to operate without a building. Work on a cold storage portion of the barn will begin first with our selling and sorting area coming afterwards.
There is a moderate crop of the apples overall this year, and although we have some temporary cold storage to tide us over, it will not be sufficient for the whole crop.
So we encourage any of you who might be interested to consider some volume sauce making (20lb of apples makes about 7 or 8 quarts of sauce) for canning or freezing, to make use of the crop we have and to get some fine flavors stored for the winter.
We are open at the orchard and our selling layout will likely evolve throughout the season. Stop by any time during our open hours as in past years, or, if you'd prefer, we can take any orders and get them to you at the markets or at the orchard.
We are also working to restore and rebuild our cider operation, but is slow with many pieces of the operation to be gathered, or remade, and put together, and the operation has to have the space in the new barn be created for it before the press and equipment can be assembled.