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.
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.
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.
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.
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.