16381 State Hwy 131
Gays Mills, WI 54631

Apple Orchards


Apple harvest time at one of the Gays Mills orchards.


Gays Mills - Apple Capital of Wisconsin


Fleming Orchards 735-4625 • Hillcrest Orchard 735-5753
Kickapoo Orchard 735-4637 • Starry Ridge Orchard 735-4986
Sunrise Orchard 735-4645 • Turkey Ridge Orchard 735-4660
West Ridge Orchard 735-4299 
(all area codes are 608)

Area Apple Orchard Map



  Farmers in the Gays Mills area learned early that the land on both sides of the Kickapoo River offered excellent conditions for apple-growing. In 1905, John Hays and Ben Twining collected apples from eight to ten farmers around Gays Mills for exhibit at the State Fair.
  The exhibit won first prize, then went on to capture first honors in a national apple show in New York. This experience prompted the Wisconsin State Horticulture Society to urge a project of “trial orchards” around the state to interest growers in commercial production. The society examined a site on High Ridge and planted five acres with five recommended varieties.
   By 1911, the orchard had grown so vigorously that an organization was formed in Gays Mills to promote the selling of orchards. Today, more than a thousand acres here produce apples nationally known for their color and flavor.



Fleming Orchards
Open 7 days a week, 8 to 5 pm, Aug 15 to Nov 15. Fresh picked apples, cider, caramel apples, honey, jams and jellies, maple syruip, pumpkins, squash, gourds, indian corn, popcorn on weekends. Call 608-735-4625.
Hillcrest Orchard
Open 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week mid-Aug. to Christmas. Fresh picked, no pick-your-own. Apples, cheeses, honey, jams and jellies, maple syrup, pumpkins and vegetables, Amish candy. Call 608-624-5753 or 608-624-5762.
Kickapoo Orchards
Apple gift shop. A small corn maze. Open seven days a week, 9 to 5 pm, July through mid-November. Apples, cider, caramel apples, baked goods, cheeses and sausages, honey, jams and jellies, mustards and maple syrup, popcorn, and many gift packages. Call 608-735-4637 or 608-624-3359.
Starry Ridge Orchard
Pick-your-own apples seasonally. Call 608-735-4986.
Sunrise Orchards
Open 9 to 5 Monday through Sun. Late August to December 23. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Call 608-735-4645.
Turkey Ridge Orchard
Open 9 to 5, 7 days a week, Sept. 1 until Dec. No pick-your-own. Apples, cider, honey, local jams and jellies, pumpkins and squash. Crafts. Call 608-735-4660.
West Ridge Orchard
Open 8 to 5 pm, 7 days a week until about Christmas. No pick-your-own. Apples, cider, russet potatoes, jumbo Western onions. Call 608-735-4395.