Fall colors and driveway to the orchard.


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. You can sample the varieties available and our goats would love to eat any leftover cores! For the 2022 season, cider production is suspended while we rebuild our pressing operation. We are working hard on this project but it may not be possible to press before 2023.


September 24 Update

Posted on Sat, 09/24/2022 - 08:46

Varieties this week

Honeycrisp, Cortland, Gala, McIntosh, Macoun, Melba, Milton and Wealthy apples along with Lincoln pears and Parker pears. Small amounts of Redfree, Paula Red, Lodi, and Duchess apples along with Asian and Magness pears may still be available as well.

No apple cider yet: our cider pressing operation is still under construction and completion date is not yet known.

We are open in Rochester (every day, noon until 6 p.m.), and you can also find us at a market this weekend:

Saturday

Sunday

2022 Season Outlook

Last year was a difficult year. Our apple barn burned down on Jan 12, 2021 and with it much of our equipment and capacity for handling the 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 were able to rebuild our barn over the last year and a half. Some elements of construction are still in progress, but the major work is done. We are all so incredibly grateful, and we hope you can come see us back in action this fall.

There is a beautiful crop of the apples overall this year, and it looks like we will have a great supply of almost all the varieties we grow throughout the season. 

We are also working to restore and rebuild our cider operation. It is a complicated project with many dependencies on factors outside of our direct control. As of September, it's not yet clear when we will be at a point where pressing is possible, but we are working hard to get back up and running quickly. In the worst case, it could be as late as the beginning of the 2023 season.

 


The new apple barn
September 2022: The new apple barn - rebuilt and ready for the season!

The remaining stone foundation and pillars of the Apple Barn after the fire
August 2021: The stone that survived the fire will be incorporated into the new building.

The old barn pictured prior to 2021
The old barn is pictured here from an earlier year prior to the fire in January of 2021. It was built originally in 1907.