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!
Friday Apr 23, 2021
With the help of your incredibly generous donations, we are moving forward with the Apple Barn.
We worked through some of the wreckage ourselves, and then had professionals finish the task. S&L Site Services did a great job cleaning out the rubble while protecting the stone foundation and pillars. We are working on our plans for a rebuild and we are beginning to be able to imagine a season this fall! We will continue to keep you updated. Many, many thanks again for all the love and support!
Sunday Feb 14, 2021
We at the orchard are so grateful for the donations, your letters, and memories of the apple barn. We can't thank you all enough and feel so lucky to live in this community.
Thank you to Jaclyn Trimble and Leslie Kinsey for thinking of and managing the Facebook fundraiser with the results pictured here. Thank you to Madison Farmers Unite and the supporters who donated through their efforts. Thank you to so many others as well! Your contributions have helped to make the process of replacing equipment and structures seem like a more achievable reality.
There is a long way to go, but we have our sights set on the fall and finding a way to have a season this year. That’s our aim right now, and we are moving forward thanks to your support and encouragement. Thank you again from all of us!
Tuesday Jan 12, 2021
We’ve had a serious fire this morning at the orchard, and although we are all safe (sheep and goats included), our Apple Barn is gone.
This is an extremely sad day for us, but in the larger scheme we are all so grateful for your support and apple-enthusiasm over this particularly difficult year. Gratitude-wise, we are also so thankful for the many firefighters and related professionals who are/were here today from far and wide.
We will keep you all posted as we work to figure out how to proceed for the next season.
Wednesday Dec 30, 2020
We will be closed on New Years Day. Our hours will change in January. We will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 pm. We will be closed Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Next week in addition to the Apple Barn our apples and cider will be available on Wed at the DCFM drive through at the Alliant center, with pre ordering through the Whatsgood app Dane County Farmers' Market. Orders for pickup must be placed by noon Tuesday Jan 6.
Our apples also will be available through the Madison Farmers Unite website for pickup on Jan 9 at three locations in Madison. Orders on line at the website should be placed by Wednesday evening Jan 7.
And next Saturday Jan 9 will be our week at the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market.
At the barn we have gallons and half gallons of cider, and many varieties of apples.
We have come to the end of our honey supply for this year.
Tuesday Dec 22, 2020
We pressed cider today and will have a good supply at the Apple Barn in the next few days before Christmas.
The Apple Barn is open this week through Christmas Eve, but will be closed on Christmas Day and on New Years Day,
We plan to be at the Milwaukee County Winter Market at the Domes on this Saturday Dec 26.
The Madison Markets are closed this week, but we are planning to take part in them in January while we have apples and cider.
At the Apple Barn in addition to apples and cider, we have some 3 lb jars of honey for $25. We have run out of the
3/4 lb jars.
Apple Varieties still available at the Barn now include Ida Red, Spartan, Black Willow Twig, Fuji, Red Delicious, Empire and a number of others.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020
We pressed cider today and it will be available at the apple barn through the weekend.
In addition to the cider and many varieties of apples at the barn, we are now also selling the small crop of honey from the farm.Our friend and neighbor took care of the bees on the farm this year. We have some 3/4 lb jars for $9.00 and several 3 lb jars for $25.
Tuesday Dec 1, 2020
We pressed cider today and have a good supply at the Barn which is open daily from noon until 5pm
Sunday, Nov 29, 2020
We have run out of apple cider pressed last Monday Nov 23. There are some frozen half gallons that will be available today while the supply lasts, and we will be pressing fresh again on this coming Tuesday Dec 1.
Friday Nov 27, 2020
We will be at the Domes at the Milwaukee County Winter Market tomorrow, Saturday morning,with a wide selection of apples for eating and cooking, and with Fresh Apple Cider. Come visit us and other vendors there.
At the Apple Barn, there are many varieties of apples to choose from for eating or baking. We have some half gallons of cider from our Monday pressing, but it looks as though we will likely run out sometime tomorrow Saturday. W plan to press again on Tuesday.
Monday Nov 23, 2020
We continue to have a good supply of apples for eating and cooking at the Apple Barn, and are open everyday from noon until 5 pm.
HOWEVER, WE WILL BE CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING DAY.
We made a batch of cider this morning so it will be available before Thanksgiving, and also after Thanksgiving at the Apple Barn and at the Milwaukee Winter Market at the Domes on Saturday. We will be at the Domes Saturday Nov 28 with apples and cider.
We will also plan to participate in the Dane County Farmers' Market drive through pick up on Wed Dec 2 at the Alliant Center. For that people use the app Whatsgood to preorder and prepay, and then drive through between 3 pm and 5:30 pm to pick up their order
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020
We pressed apple cider today and have a good batch that will be available while the supply lasts.
On Saturday the first Milwaukee Winter Market of the season will take place at the Domes, and we will be there as well as at the Dane County Farmers' Market at Willow Island at the Alliant Center in Madison.
And as always the Apple Barn will be open daily from Noon to 5 pm, with Apple Cider and a wide variety good tasting apples for eating and cooking.
Sunday Nov 1, 2020
With the change to regular time the Apple Barn will now close at 5 pm every day instead of 6 pm.
At the beginning of the day we have some half gallons of apple cider from this week's pressing, but are out of gallons. We will be pressing again on Wednesday.
Wednesday Oct 28, 2020
We thought the cold last night might end the harvesting season, and we picked a lot of apples yesterday thinking it might be the last of our harvest, but the apples still on the trees today survived, and a beautiful day today provided for another fine day in the orchard as the picking winds down.
We pressed apple cider today and have a good supply which is available now at the Apple Barn, and will also be available at the Dane County Farmers' Market at Willow Island at the Alliant Center in Madison on Saturday.
There are many varieties at the Barn now, and Black Willow Twig has joined the list. We picked and sorted the first of them. Some of the others we have now include Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious, Macoun, Liberty, Empire, Golden Russet, Stayman Winesap, Jonathan, Tolman Sweet and many more.
There are still some small Moonglow Pears available
Sunday Oct 25, 2020
We have run out of apple cider pressed last Wednesday Oct 21 at the apple barn. There are some frozen half gallons that will be available today while the supply lasts, and we will be pressing fresh again on this coming Wednesday Oct 28.
Today is the last Shorewood Market of the season and there will be fresh cider there while the supply lasts, along with tasty varieties of apples and pears.
October 23, 2020
Weekly Variety Update
Moonglow pears are still ripe and available at the Apple Barn, the Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison on Saturday, and the Shorewood Market on Sunday. The last Burlington outdoor market of the season was yesterday, and we are grateful to all who came to see us there this year.
We still have all the varieties mentioned below in last week's update, and this week we have added Idared and Winesap to that list as well. Golden Delicious, Black Willow Twig, Northern Spy, and Spartan have been picked, but we are still working on getting them sorted and ready for sale.
We pressed cider Wednesday, October 21, and it will be available at the barn and at markets while it lasts.
October 14, 2020
This week at Ela Orchard
We pressed cider today and it is available at the Apple Barn and at the Dane County Farmers' Market in Madison on Saturday and the Shorewood Market on Sunday, and the Burlington Market on Thursday
Moonglow pears are ripening and will be available starting on Saturday while the supply lasts.
We have a good supply of Cortland, Macoun, McIntosh, Liberty,Jonathan, Snow, Tolman Sweet, Russets, and many other varieties. We continue to harvest as fast as we can.
October 7, 2020
This week at Ela Orchard
We have been picking some really tasty McIntosh, Cortland, Liberty, Tolman Sweet and Jonathan this week. A stretch of beautiful Wisconsin Fall days has made harvesting a delight.
We pressed cider Wednesday Oct 7. There is good supply at the Apple Barn and it will be available at the Dane County Farmers' Market, the Shorewood Market and the Burlington Farmers' Market, while the supply lasts
September 30, 2020
Where the Harvest stands on Sept 30
We have reached a fine point in the year where many varieties are ripening at once and we are picking as fast as we can.
In their prime right now are McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, and Liberty and we started the Macoun harvest today. Parker Pears are also ripening. All of these varieties along with others are available at the Apple Barn and many of them will be available at the Markets we attend:
Burlington Farmers' Market (Thursday 3pm -6pm)
Dane County Farmers' Market at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center (Saturday (pre order via Whatsgood), from7am to 9am, and regular walk up 9:30am to 12;30pm),
Greendale Downtown Market (Saturday 8-Noon)
Shorewood Farmers Market (Sunday 9:30-1:00).
WE PRESSED CIDER TODAY SEPT 30, AND IT WILL BE AVAILABLE WHILE THE SUPPLY LASTS
September 5, 2020
Apple Barn Opening
The Apple Barn will open for the season starting today -- Saturday, September 5th -- and we will be open now every day from Noon until 6 p.m.
This weekend we are at the usual markets: Greendale Downtown Market (Saturday 8-Noon) and the Dane County Farmers' Market at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center (Saturday), and the Shorewood Farmers Market (Sunday 9:30-1:00).
Available varieties depend on supply but include Melba, Milton, Wealthy, Redfree, and Lincoln Pear. We pressed a small batch of cider for the first time this season, and it will be available while supplies last.
We hope to see you soon, and we will provide updates with varieties and information as the season progresses!
August 14, 2020
Melba Apples and Markets this Weekend
Melba apples are here! Find us at a market this weekend:
- Greendale Downtown Market (8-Noon)
- Dane County Farmers' Market at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center (see market page for details)
- Shorewood Farmers Market(9:30-1:00)
July 31, 2020
We are not open at the Apple Barn quite yet, but you can find us with first-of-the-season Lodi apples at three markets this weekend. On Saturday: the Greendale Downtown Market (8-Noon) and the Dane County Farmers' Market at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center (see market page for details). On Sunday: the Shorewood Farmers Market (9:30-1:00).