Oakwood Fruit Farm
Richland Center, Wisconsin
Oakwood Fruit Farm, located in Southwest Wisconsin was established 106 years ago, 70 of which have included apple production. The farm is family owned and operated including eight full-time family employees overseeing the farm and 13 full-time employees total.
Oakwood Fruit Farm has 150 acres of pple orchard and also grows a few grapes, which are mostly “pick your own.” The most common varieties of apples available from their orchards are McIntosh, Cortland, Honey Crisp, and Gala. Harvest dates for their apples range from September to mid-November.
In September 2008, Oakwood Fruit Farm was awarded the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor’s Wisconsin Idea Award. This award is given to honor individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to society; the economy; the environment or the quality of life at the local, state, national, or international level through involvement with UW Colleges or UW-Extension. Other honors for family members include Outstanding Young Farmers for the State of Wisconsin and Master Agriculturists of Wisconsin.
Steve Louis, an owner of Oakwood Fruit Farm, says that his favorite part of operating the business is working in the outdoors and that there is something different going on every day. His family also owns a dairy farm that produces dairy for producing mozzarella cheese.
Oakwood Fruit Farm offers a festival the first weekend of October each year. They also conduct tours for various schools during the week so children can learn all about apples from growing on trees to packaging and distributing.