Inspire(d) Fall 2021

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La Crescent, MN Just outside La Crescent, on the “East Coast” of Minnesota, the Hoch Family has been producing spectacular organic estate fruit since 2011. From berries to cherries, apples, apricots, and plums – this farm is truly a local fruit producer. The family has also been producing their own farmhouse ciders and wines for several years now, and you can occasionally visit the farm on weekends throughout the fall to purchase these. Also find their amazing fruit and products at the Cameron Park Farmers Market in La Crosse, Bluff Country Co-op (Winona), Peoples Food Coop in La Crosse and Rochester, the Viroqua Food Co-op, and the Oneota Food Co-op in Decorah.

and maximize conservation. Beyond apples, Ecker’s famous pies are available by the slice or whole during the season, and the caramel apples work for any meal (trust us!). More to the point, their onsite Hog’s Back Brew Farm creates a destination in the midst of their orchards for quality crafted beverages – including Ecker’s own Fat Blossom Girls and Hum Stinger semi-dry ciders, as well as local music and beautiful views. Hog’s Back operates Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the season. Long-range plans include a fully functioning, on-site cidery by 2025. Plus, mark your calendars for the annual “Hootenanny,” scheduled for October 16, 2021 – see you there!


Trempealeau, WI Home to 20 apple cultivars, Ecker’s has been pushing the boundaries of what it means to be apple growers for many years now. In 2020, their crop was Tru-Earth Certified, which sets guidelines to minimize pesticide use


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Stockholm, WI Just outside the extremely quaint village of Stockholm, Wisconsin, almost atop the bluffs, sits a fairy tale of an orchard and vineyard. Proprietors Herdie Baisden and Carol Wiersma have been creating beautiful boutique hard ciders and unique wines from estate-grown fruit since 2008. Honeycrisp Hard was the one that put Maiden Rock on the map for many cider drinkers in the Driftless, but Crabby, Scrumpy, and Red Hawk have also found fans along the way. A fantastic line of traditional still ciders is also produced at Maiden Rock, along with unique estate wines. You can even purchase your own apple tree stock from their nursery, which specializes in varieties geared towards cider. The drive up the river is beautiful in the fall, and if you’re headed there on a Saturday, make sure you stop by the Smiling Pelican Bake Shop on your way.