Oakwood Fruit Farm History

Our History

Oakwood Fruit Farm was started in the early 1900's by Albert Louis. The farm sits among the ridges and coulees almost directly east of Richland Center. The soils are fertile and the topography allows cold air to drain from the ridges where trees are planted. The family orchard was continued and expanded when Bill Louis joined the operation in 1934.

family.jpgJohn Louis became involved in 1955 and most of the orchard expansion has occurred since then. The first plantings utilizing semi-dwarf rootstocks were made in 1956. For the past 20 years all trees planted have been on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstocks.

Our fourth generation - Judy Louis Alvin with her husband Greg Alvin joined the family business in 1979. Steve Louis joined the family operation in 1992 after graduation from UW-Madison with a degree in horticulture. 

Today the orchard consists of over 200 acres. Over 20 apple cultivars ripening from early August through October are produced along with apples and grapes. Much of the fruit is sold retail through the farm market, but a wholesale division of the company moves a significant amount of fruit as well as custom packing fruit for other local growers.

During our busy fall weekends you can normally see 3 generations of Louis family working together as the 5th generation join in helping run our retail store.  So we are truly a family owned and operated orchard business!

What else is new...

If running an orchard was not enough we recently sold our milking herd and have started to raise Angus Beef cattle.  Our Angus Beef is grass fed, and natural harvest with stress free living.  Our Angus meat is for sale in our retail store you can purchase ala carte beef cut choices, (steaks, roasts, ground hamburger) all is about 85% lean.  Or we also sell quarter or half Angus beef too so you can process your beef as you want so your family can enjoy much longer.

Stop in today for the ultimate family weekend getaway experience!



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