all started quite small in the spring of 1990. I got this
crazy idea to plant some apple trees, 100 that first year
high on the hill overlooking Poquette Lake in the center of
the farm! Lynn and I followed with a couple hundred trees
each year afterward until we reached around 2300 trees.
By 2001 the trees had grown enough to produce a substantial
crop. In the mean time we built a little store and packing
house with a walkin cooler and apple sorter sizer. The trees
set a full crop in the spring toward what was to be our best
crop ever. Mother Nature had different plans. Around 8:20pm
June 18th 2001 the Siren Tornado hit us and reached F-4 severity
as it came thru our area, it destroyed 1700 apples trees,
and leveled our store to the foundation. It also took the
roof and windows out of our home, part of our barn and killed
our horses. We came home that night to water running out of
all the fixtures everything in the house was soaked, then
the next morning at daylight we went to look at the orchard.
We were so discouraged to see that a 15 minute storm had wiped
out 10 years of hard work, we decided not to rebuild.
Well that wasn't
what other people thought. We have a wonderful clientele
of customers, including
many elderly folks that treat us like family. In the next
couple of weeks quite a few of these kind people showed
up with $10, $20 or even $100 to tell us we could do this
again. If in today's society you ever doubt humanity, come
and talk to us we will restore your faith.
We had over 100 people a day for the first couple of weeks
with chain saws, hammers, tractors, trucks, trailers and
food showed up to help us with everything. At the same time
a group of friends went to work in the orchard propping
up about 400 trees that had survived and they are still
producing apples today. Everything replaced and 11 years
later we are in full production with 3200 trees. We have
26 varieties, we sell a good part of the crop in our country
store. Our apples can also be found at Schmitz Economart
in Spooner, and in other various local markets. We also
do local farm to school programs.
are fully involved with Spooner food pantry and Ruby's Pantry
in Siren as we try to pay forward what we have received. We
have a loyal customer following drawing in people from about
a 75 mile radius.
We try to treat
people well and hope they enjoy their experience whether
they are 2 or 92. Smith's Apple Farm offers a full variety
of apples (including honeycrisp) to suit a range of peoples
needs whether its fresh eating, cooking, canning, drying
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