Featured Partner: Eplegaarden
If you’ve never been to Eplegaarden (or have wondered how to pronounce it!) fall is the perfect time to visit this Norwegian-influenced orchard in Fitchburg. It’s where you’ll find an amazing array of apple trees, plus raspberry and pumpkin patches with produce ripe for the picking—and, of course, a warm Velkommen to all.
Owner Betty Forest is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Eplegaarden this year. Betty and her late husband Vern have made a tradition of putting their hearts and souls into creating old fashioned fun on their farm. “Fall is our favorite time of year,” she says. “Vern and I had a lot of fun dreaming up ideas that celebrate our heritage and help others enjoy the experience of life on a farm.”
Amid all the fun, the team at Eplegaarden works hard, too. The months of September and October are so busy that you may not even be able to reach them by phone because they’re out on the grounds helping visitors selv plukk (self-pick). Starting in late summer, there is a different apple variety highlighted each week—you’ll find Macoun, Early Fujis and Jonathan in mid-September—and special events like scaretroll making contests, horse-drawn hayrides and haunted Halloween activities throughout the fall.
“Each year we’ve grown our events offerings,” says Betty. “It’s one of the reasons we’re proud to be partners of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). Our little old farm in Fitchburg has welcomed more new faces each year than we could have ever imagined, thanks to the Visitors Guide and web site information the GMCVB shares about our business.”
In September and October, Eplegaarden is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). For a list of upcoming events, check the Happenings at Eplegaarden section of their web site.
Warm Welcome & Major Milestones
We’re pleased to welcome the following new partners:
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