In our last post we mentioned biking up to the orchards surrounding Bayfield. As the fall colors start to pop up around the area (and they have begun!) and the fall temps have started to arrive we are all buying up our fill of Bayfield’s amazing apples.
Bayfield is surrounded by more than a dozen orchards who have a great variety of things to offer. Here is just a small sampling of some of our favorites:
Erickson’s Orchard & Country Store – In addition to a great variety of apples, Erickson’s offers a charming retail store with everything from preserves, wines, garden decor, home decor and so much more. We would of course be remiss if we didn’t mention our favorite product at Erickson’s – their Apple Cider Doughnuts. These doughnuts are made fresh daily and are an amazing guilty pleasure. Do not come to Bayfield without trying one of these amazing little treats!
Apple Hill Orchard – This small orchard located at the corner of Hwys J & I is another jem of Bayfield. Every fall Claudia (one of the owners) works hard to create some of the best caramel apples! She prepares (with help from some friends) over 7500 caramel apples every year for our Bayfield Apple Festival. These aren’t just any caramel apples – they apples are covered in a variety of toppings ranging from M&M’s to coconut to nuts and more!
Hauser’s Superior View Farm – Hauser’s recently celebrated their 100th year in business. They have a wonderful variety of apples, produce and in the spring they offer a fabulous selection of perennials and annuals for gardeners. We have been getting most of our Dudley apples from Hauser’s for our baking at Pinehurst. Hauser’s is also home to the Bayfield Winery. When you stop at Hauser’s you must take some time to sample one or two of the many fruit, apple and grape wines they make right on site.
Blue Vista Farm – Blue Vista offers something that many of the other orchards can’t – an panoramic view of Lake Superior. Take a moment to stroll through their amazing gardens. Have a seat on their patio to just enjoy the view. Blue Vista offers a nice variety of “eco” apples along with a selection of preserves with a unique twist (try the raspberry ginger or the blueberry lavender jams!).
We look forward to sharing the bounty of the Bayfield Harvest Season with you all!