Wisconsin Apple Growers Association


Heritage Orchard Takes First Place - Nine Times

WAGA Elects New President, Andy Ferguson


Calvados Style Cider Brandy Released by Local Orchard!

The Cider House is now producing Cider Brandy. Click Here for a link to their press release 

2013 Cider Winners!

Click here for an article on our 2013 Cider Winners

Conference Success!

818! -- That's how many attendees were at this week's Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference!  That's an increase of 110 over last year's record breaking attendance.  Over 175 attendees were connected to WAGA.  Overall, comments from exhibitors and attendees have been outstanding!  Conference dates for 2014 will be January 19 - 21 at The Wilderness.  Any ideas for Conference sessions for 2014, send them my way.

New WAGA Board Members

Congratulations to Andy Ferguson, Ferguson's Orchard; Ryan Teach, Sunrise Orchard; and David Wildes, Appleberry Farm; for being elected to the WAGA Board for a 3-year term!  Look for write-ups about them and their vision for Wisconsin's apple industry in the next FRESH magazine.  Thanks to outgoing Board Members  Kevin Cain, Tom Ferguson and Bill Stone - all have left a tremendous footprint on Wisconsin's apple industry!

WAGA Members share their Knowledge

Thank you Diane Cain, Cain's Orchard for telling your on-farm store success story in the Tourism track and Andy Ferguson, Ferguson's Orchards, thanks for sharing about Farm Succession Planning in the Apple Track.

by Anna Maenner, WAGA Executive Director


Disaster Declaration Approved. Click here for a pdf of the USDA declaration.



2012 – Strangest Year Ever!  Apple tree blossoming at Oakwood Fruit Farm on September 28th!





Information about the Spotted Wing Drosophila

Here is a link to the article regarding the Spotted Wing Drosophila.



Duane Greene shares Thinning Expertise with WAGA members!

Here are links to the PowerPoint slides from the presentation recently given by Duane Greene.

Fruitlet Model Prediction
Influence of Weather Thinning
Chemicals and Timing


Steve Louis Elected WAGA President for 2012

At the recent Wisconsin Apple Growers Association Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Steve Louis was elected President for the 2012 calendar year.  Steve has served as President of the Association in the past.  He succeeded Tom Ferguson who had served the association for the previous two years as President.

Steve is one of the owners of Oakwood Fruit Farm located in Richland Center.  Oakwood Fruit Farm will be the site of the Summer Apple Field Day in late July.



Find Your Favorite Apple Varieties!

The New WAGA Website allows consumers and growers to search for their favorite apple varieties!  Just click on "Find an Orchard" and select your favorite variety and click "Go".  The map and sidebar will show you all the orchards that have indicated they grow that variety.  It's a great tool to help you find what apple you are looking for!



Enjoying the Harvest is an activity book written for children showing how Wisconsin's farmers get fruits and vegetables from the field to market.  Students will follow the growing process month-by-month - from winter pruning through spring planting and the growing season to the fall harvest.  The 24 page booklet offers challenging word searches, crosswords, reading, and coloring activities.  

The booklet was produced through a joint effort of the Wisconsin Apple Growers, Wisconsin Berry Growers and Wisconsin Fresh Market Vegetable Growers Associations.  It was funded in part by grants from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Ag in the Classroom.  It was written by WAGA Executive Director Anna Maenner and illustrated by Bradley Maenner.

The booklet is out of print now, but teachers can download and print copies of the PDF file for classroom use.  Click to print the Answer Key.




The 2010 Wisconsin Apple Growers Association Championship Cider came from Heritage Orchard of Chilton, Wisconsin.  Vern and Ann Gasch grow 20 acres of apples on the east shore of Lake Winnebago.  Vern used a combination of Honey Crisp, Red Delicious, Ida Red, and McIntosh apples to create their winning natural cider.  To learn more or to visit Heritage Orchard, check out their website at www.heritageorchard.net.

Second place went to Maiden Rock Apples in Stockholm, Wisconsin.  Herdie Baisden’s natural cider uses Golden Russet, Honeygold, and Northern Spy apples.  Maiden Rock Apples is located on the bluffs between Maiden Rock and Stockholm.  To learn more about Maiden Rock Apples visit their website at www.maidenrockapples.com.

Great tasting cider comes from all over Wisconsin with the third place winner in 2008 being Brightonwoods Orchard in Burlington.  Bill Stone’s UV-treated cider used Yellow Delicious, Cortland, Red Delicious, and "a few others."  Visit their website at www.brightonwoodsorchard.com.



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The Wisconsin Apple Growers Association has released its new promotion for Wisconsin apples.  To get more information, contact WAGA at (920) 478-4277 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Orchard Map

It's easy to find an apple orchard in Wisconsin! CLICK HERE to request your Orchard Map!

Check our Orchard Listings Online or pick up a Map to find an orchard near you. Apple varieties and related products that a market sells are also listed. 

Save The Date!

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference

January 25, 26, 27, 2015

Kalahari Resort Hotel, Wisconsin Dells
(New Location)
Details will be available soon.


Bite into a crunchy apple while checking out all the Apple Facts on this web site!

What's your favorite variety? Click here to see a chart of when apple varieties are ripe in Wisconsin.

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