Despite a fire that destroyed the operation and 60-percent of the farm’s crop, Steve Louis and his family have turned Oakwood Fruit Farm – nestled in the hills of southwest Wisconsin – into a more successful, booming orchard, bakery and tourist destination than ever before.
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The majority of Wisconsin apple growers sell direct to consumer at pick your own or farmers markets. To earn repeat business and keep customers returning, growers try to start the season as early as possible and end as late as possible, and offer more than 300 unique varieties total!
Ralph Yates of Houston Co., Minn. is a champion of the apple industry. While the third generation grower quickly concedes that you won’t get rich in his line of work, he is also quick to cite his love for what he does.
Innovations in apple breeding, including the beloved Honey Crisp, are causing apple growers to look to Minnesota for what’s next in new varieties.
Craig Campbell from Washington state is a man who likes to dig into a project, poke at it until he figures out how it works, and then reinterpret it to make it better. And, that’s just what he’s done during a career that involves at least three distinct roles in the apple business.
Washington owes much of its apple producing success to an ideal apple-growing climate, as well as its hard-working growers.
Apples may not have yet been in season at Butler’s Orchard in Maryland, but USApple’s Wendy Brannen found plenty of fresh food and family fun during a recent weekend visit.
Though not a large apple-growing region, Maryland farmers strive to provide high quality, affordable fruit while connecting consumers with their food.
“What we produce has to be excellent, rather than just good enough,” says Mark Youngquist of Youngquist Farms near Kent City, Mich. “The apple needs to be premium quality from the seeds to the skin.”
Michigan apple growers provide the U.S. with apples for everything from fresh apples at supermarkets to packaged slices at retailers.