The orchards and other business places on the Ridge are open for the 2017 season. All Orchard Ridge business places are family owned and operated.
The yellow highway signs on Hwy. 131 north of Gays Mill were installed to assist in visitors in finding their way around Orchard Ridge.
The sign below is on Hwy. 131 north of Gays Mills at the intersection with Del La Mater Road - a winding, roller-coaster but paved road leading up to Hwy. 171.
At the junction of Hwy. 171 and Del La Mater Rd. you will see the large sign below.
LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR:
May: GaysMills Mother's Day Weekend, folk and music festival in Gays Mills. May 12,13,14, 2017. Click on News and Events Page for more information.
June: June Dairy Days Soldiers Grove June 17, 18, 19, 2017.
JULY: Stump Dodger Bash June 30, July 1, 2017 at Stump Dodger Campground, Gays Mills.
AUGUST: The 2017 Crawford County Fair will be held August 23 to 27, 2017 in Gays Mills.
SEPT: Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove will be held September 16-17 2017. In addition to art, food music, Kid and Teen Art - there will be a Silent Auction from 11 am to 2 pm both days .
September 16, 2017: Kickapoo Brave Ride & Canoe Paddle
Gays Mills Apple Festival, September 22 - 24. 2017
ORCHARD RIDGE CALENDAR:
Open All Year: McCormick's Rolling Ground Bar, Closed on Mondays. Summer Hours: Open at 10:00 am. Winter Hours: Open at 11 am. Closes at 8:30 pm on Sunday
May/June Asparagus: Hillcrest Orchard. Pecans - Richard's Orchards.
June:. Strawberries, 2017 Strawberries available at Hillcrest Orchard, West Ridge. Pecans & Produce at Richard's Orchards.
July: Tart Cherries - Kickapoo Orchard Raspberries: Hillcrest Orchard and Kickapoo Orchard.
August: Apples and more: West Ridge, Sunrise, Kickapoo, Fleming & Hillcrest Orchards are open. Apples, cider, tomatoes, sweet corn, bakeries with pies & donuts, & gift shops.
Open: Apple'licious Pie Depot, Norskhaven Gift & Coffee Shop.
September: Gays Mills Apple Festival: last full weekend in September. Driftless Area Art Festival September 19-20. 2015..
Pick Your Own apples when Starry Ridge Orchards opens.
PYO grapes at West Ridge Orchard and Kickapoo Orchard.
Also: Gift shops, bakeries, onions, pumpkins, squash, gourds, cranberries, and hot lunches. First shipments of apple gift packs.
October: Leaf watching along the Ridge. Apples, cider, potatoes, pumpkins, bakery, cranberries, squash, gourds, onions, and more continue to be available.
November: Several apple salesrooms are still open with apples, cider, bakery and speciality Wisconsin products. Shipping of apple gift packs continues.
December: Christmas trees available at Hillcrest Orchard.
Sunrise Orchard will be shipping gift packs, salesroom open until late December.
Gays Mills Orchard Ridge Attractions:
West Ridge Orchard (#1) 52132 Hwy 171, west of Gays Mills. Open Daily. Retail apples, tart cherries, cider, grapes, potatoes, squash, onions, fancy gourds pumkins. Apple Crisp Donuts made fresh everyday! Gift Shop Farm Toys. Mail address: 207 S. Main, Eastman, WI 54626 PH: (608) 735-4299. Like us on Facebook
Open Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.. Retail, wholesale apples & cider. Gift shop, bakery, Wisconsin-made food products. Shipping apple gift packs. Famous Apple Cider Donuts. Ph: (608) 735-4645. www.sunriseapples.com
47643 Hwy 171. Open Thursday thru Monday, 10 to 4. Norwegian specialty gift shop Open:Aug-Nov. Ph: (608) 735-4891. Like us on Facebook
Kickapoo Orchard (#4) 46490 Hwy. 171. Open Daily 9 - 4. Retail & wholesale apples & cider. Bakery, local wines, brandy made from our cider! Gift shop with Wisconsin specialty foods. Sunflower/Corn Maze Credit cards at exit registers. www.kickapoo-orchard.com. PH: 608-735-4637 Like us on Facebook
Starry Ridge Orchard, (#5) .Closed 46731 Del La Mater Rd. One mile off of State Hwy/ 171. Pick Your Own Apples in September. PH: (608) 735-4986. Like us on Facebook
Fleming Orchards (#6) 45846 Hwy. 171. Closed for 2017 season. Retail & wholesale apples, plus Pick Your Own Apples, cider, bakery, specialty food, squash, gourds, pumkin, onions, potatoes. Petting zoo! Ph (608) 735-4625. Lke us on Facebook www.flemingorchards.com
Opening August 18, 2017, 9 to 5 daily. Closes in Nov. Bakery, home-made pies, apple pizza, and turnovers. Ph: (608) 624-3783. Like us on Facebook
McCormick's Rolling Ground Bar and Grill (# 8) 16463 Store Rd. Jct. Hwy 61 and 171. Open all year, closed on Mondays. Summer:Open 10:00 am Winter Open 11:00 am - to close. Sundays closing at 8:30 pm. Great food and cold beer. Ph: (608) 624-5684. Like us on Facebook
Hillcrest Orchard (#9) Jct. Hwy 61 & 171..Open Daily 8 to 5 Retail & Wholesale apples, cider, pumkins, squash, cranberries, onions, craft gourds, and Christmas trees. PH: (608) 624-5753 or 624-5762) www.hillcrestorchardwisconson.com Like us on Facebook.