When Peck & Bushel Fruit Company invited us to come check out their new organic apple orchard, they had us at “Honeycrisp”. Plus, we couldn’t resist an excuse to plan a week full of apple recipes!
The morning we arrived, we were met by owners Joe and Jennifer Fahey, who not only toured us around the orchard but had thoughtfully pre-picked some of their tangy, delicious Honeycrisps for us. While Joe passionately told us about the challenges and rewards of growing organic fruit, Jennifer chatted about dressing up place settings with the lowly mini crab apples they use for pollinating and an apple dumpling recipe she’d been playing with. Their enthusiasm for turning their harvest into a community experience makes the Faheys the kind of people you want to have a picnic with.
Peck & Bushel currently has around 4000 dwarf apple trees in nine different varieties, including the fabulous Honeycrisps. Since this is only their second year growing, Peck & Bushel is only selling pre-picked apples this year at the orchard and select local farmers markets and grocery stores in the Milwaukee area (they plan to offer pick-your-own next fall!).
Joe also shared that within the next few years they plan to grow organic sweet cherries and offer treats like signature apple pastries and fresh and hard ciders.
As we tromped around the orchard, Stef’s little boy, Lincoln, thoroughly enjoyed snacking on the apples and made an adorable helper.
A big thanks to Peck & Bushel! We’re excited to see you again next year! If you live in the Milwaukee area, be sure to check out their orchard. And no matter where you live, be sure to stop back later this week for our latest apple concoctions.