About Our Apple Orchard
About the Orchard
Grandview Orchard is over 100 years old and can be found in the beautiful rolling hills east of Antigo! Grandview is the beautiful “old style” of orchard with free standing trees that are not trellised. It is a very rare orchard with the apples being produced completely free of synthetic chemicals. Over 30 varieties of apples are either grown or coming into production. A kitchen has been added to provide fall orchard-goers with delicious pies, caramel apples and flavorful cider!
Grandview is owned and operated by Lisa Rettinger, an Antigo native who is a complete fanatic about local food and regenerative agriculture. 2019 will be Lisa’s fourth growing season and she is excited for you to come out and enjoy the orchard!
The orchard opens on September 6th and visitors can browse the store, pick-your-own apples (limited to Saturdays), stroll through the orchard, visit our friendly orchard pigs and enjoy some of our homemade apple products! Horse-drawn tours are available on selected dates.
Our apples are produced completely free of synthetic chemicals and are available as pick-your-own (Saturdays only for 2019) or pre-picked. We have over 30 varieties of apples either in production or coming into production and they range from beloved heritage varieties such as Duchess of Oldenburg to the ever popular Honeycrisp.
Grandview currently grows approximately 15 varieties with a nice group of varieties being established for the future. Ripening times are approximate and depend on the year. Feel free to contact us if you’re looking for availability of a certain variety. Also, check out our Where To Buy link.
LATE AUGUST/EARLY SEPTEMBER
Duchess of Oldenburg – 1800’s Russian variety. Superb pie apple. Limited quantities although we’ve replanted more!
Viking – Very aromatic, tart apple. Excellent fresh eating or cooking. Dark red skin with white flesh.
PaulaRed – Beautiful early dessert apple also popular for sauces. Crisp, juicy.
Beacon – Tart, firm apple very suitable for fresh eating or baking. Beautiful dark red apple. Cross between a Wealthy and Malinda. One of the first releases of the University of Minnesota.
Wealthy – Wonderfully crisp, juicy, refreshing. Excellent fresh eating or sauce. Originated in 1868 and was the first apple to thrive in Minnesota after years of trials by a determined private citizen! Became a cornerstone of the University of Minnesota’s breeding program.
Haralson – Superb pie apple! This is also a great fresh eating apple if you like tart. Firm, crisp apple that is one of Lisa’s favorites! This is a 1913 release from the University of Minnesota. It is thought to be a cross of the Wealthy and Malinda. Sound familiar to the Beacon? 😊
Honeycrisp – Known for it’s crispiness! Excellent dessert apple. The cell size is twice the size of other apples giving it that crispiness. It requires a little extra management from the grower, but you might say it’s worth it! Originated in the University of Minnesota program.
McIntosh – Aromatic, old time favorite. Developed in Quebec in 1798 and there are now many strains. Wonderful all-purpose apple. Cooks down very well.
Liberty – Crisp, sweet juicy apple best eaten fresh, but suitable for cooking. Developed at Purdue, a cross between the Macoun and a Purdue apple.
Gala – Sweet, creamy yellow flesh. Best eaten fresh or in salads. 1965 New Zealand release. Cross between Kidd’s Orange Red and Yellow Delicious.
Cortland – Superb fresh eating and pie apple. Holds it’s shape in pies. McIntosh x Ben Davis cross originated in Geneva, New York released in 1898.
*Special note – Cortlands are highly susceptible to apple scab and are tough to find grown without the contact-burn fungicides that are typically used in orchards. We are quite proud to be making great headway and offering these apples! We’ve got more to figure out, but we’re definitely getting there!
Spartan – Crisp, sprightly dark red apple. A favorite of those who know it! Excellent dessert apple, but can also be used in cooking. Originated in British Columbia in 1936 and is a McIntosh x Newtown Pippin cross. One of Lisa’s favorites!
Macoun – Medium – sized aromatic apple best eaten fresh. Another of Lisa’s favorites! Delicious! Originated in 1909 in Geneva, New York and is a McIntosh x Jersey Black cross.
Empire – Sweet/tart all around apple. 1960’s Geneva New York release. Cross between a McIntosh x Red Delicious.
Regent – Outstanding all purpose apple. Crisp, sprightly flavor. Excellent eaten fresh and holds it’s shape well in pies. Popular sauce apple.
Varieties being established or re-established for future years:
Where to Buy
Grandview Orchard Store Sept 6th – Oct. 27th
All apple products, Chicken, Pork, Local Food Products/Art
Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-3
Green Hen/Natural Living, Antigo – Supplying Soon!
Cider, Pies, Apples
Antigo Farmer’s Market – Saturdays through Sept. 28th, Heinzen Pavilion 8am-12pm
Apples, Pie, Cider, Chicken, Pork
Wausau Indoor Farmer’s Market – Boys & Girls Club, Saturdays starting in Nov., 8am-12pm
Apples, Pie, Cider
Sweet Thyme, Antigo
Our apples are found in their juices, raw apple crisp and Chapple sandwich. TASTY!