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Video: Erickson Orchards' Legacy in Bayfield

Oct 05, 2019 07:27AM ● By Editor

Photo:  WDIO-TV

By Alejandra Palacios of WDIO-TV - October 4, 2019

Erickson Orchards is a well-known orchard in Bayfield. It's been around for over 100 years and offers lots of delicious berries and apples throughout the year to its' many visitors.

The farm is run by Fred Erickson and his siblings. For generations the family has been dedicated to keeping the farm operating to continue carrying its legacy in the community.

"We've been in business since 1910. My great grandfather started this farm," said Erickson.

Erickson's great grandfather came from Norway with his wife. The family takes pride in their farm.

"My trees are 75 to 80-years-old. I have one across the pond that's 125-years-old," said Erickson.

The farm offers classic varieties of apples. The cortland is a favorite, along with macintosh, honey crisps, wealthys, and more.

"Keeping the character of the farm is huge. When people come here they want to see big apple trees and that's what we have," said Erickson.

Also, they are well-known for the delicious bakery and apple themed store thats run by the Erickson sisters.

"Our apple cider donuts are very famous and our pie sticks. We make apple pie sticks every year and those are wonderful," said Cindy Nourse, Fred's sister and manager of the store.

The bakery offers unique apple treats like apple cookies, scones, and its award winning apple pie. A popular purchase is the apple cider.

"My dad bought the machinery in the 80s and I got trained on how to make it. By far we are very well-known for our cider," said Erickson.

The orchard makes 14,000 gallons of cider a year. They use a unique blend of five apples to give it a sweet and unique flavor. It's a family secret recipe decades in the making.

"In the early season I use the sweetest apples because I'll barrel up 1300 gallons or so and i'll blend it with tarter apples. It gives it that sweet, tart flavor," said Erickson.

People travel thousands of miles to experience the orchard.

"I've had people from Germany, France, Norway, Milwaukee, Chicago," said Erickson.

The family is proud to call Erickson Orchards a family-oriented farm. They work as a team to keep their legacy going.

"Family is very important to all of us. That was instilled in us at a very young age," said Nourse.

"It's generational and I think you take a lot more pride into it because of that," said Erickson.

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