Orchards and Applefest


On this episode of Bayfield County Wild, co-hosts Nancy Christopher and Mary Motiff, Director of Bayfield County Tourism, welcome the fall season by detailing all the exciting seasonal events in Bayfield County. Whether you are looking for places to view the spectacular fall color or a night of thrills and chills, there is something for everyone who loves the fall season this month! Our special guest is Jim Hauser of Hauser’s Superior View Farm who joins us to talk about the fascinating history of his five-generation family farm and orchard. Plus, learn about the many exciting October events coming to Bayfield County!


Hausers at ApplefestHauser’s Superior View Farm is one of Bayfield County’s most successful farms. From the humble beginnings of his family farm, Jim recounts its history including the unique “Red Barn” which was ordered out of a Sears catalog. The two-story barn stands tall with a stunning view of Lake Superior and the surrounding foliage, hence its name, Hauser’s Superior View Farm.  

Hauser’s Farm is also home to Bayfield’s Knight Orchard, a unique, 100-year-old apple orchard that grows Dudley heirloom apples, the secret ingredient to many of Hauser’s specialty pies. 

Jim describes how new species of apples are created and how one came to fruition on his own farm! The Hauser’s Merlot apple is a one-of-a-kind apple that was started at the farm.

Beyond apples and apple-related products, Hauser’s Superior View Farm has a wide variety of annuals and perennials. Jim explains how these plants are sold across the nation as well as locally at the annual Red Barn Plant Sale each May. 

With cider being one of Hauser’s most popular products, Jim talks about the farm’s first hard cider and the opening of their cidery this year. With dry and semi-sweet flavors, cider drinkers and curiosity seekers alike will be sure to enjoy this small-batch beverage. 


Just in time for the onset of Wisconsin’s fall season, Bayfield AppleFest returns from October 5th-7th.

Named one of the best fall harvest festivals in the country by USA Today, Bayfield AppleFest celebrates the bounty of apple orchards and apple-related goods in Bayfield County. The festival is celebrating its 55th anniversary and is expected to bring in over 60,000 attendees. 

Orchards from across the county participate in this event, showcasing their produce and locally-made products. 


Oct. 5-7: Bayfield Apple Festival

Oct. 6: Great Grand View .02k at Choppers

Oct. 6-7: Oulu Corn Maze

Oct. 7: Sunday Serenades at The Rookery Pub

Oct. 13: 13th Annual Namakagon Cancer Walk at Lakewoods Resort 

Oct. 13-14: Oulu Corn Maze

Oct. 20: Fun in the Forest ATV Ride at Lakewoods Resort

Oct. 20-21: Oulu Corn Maze

Oct. 26-27: Fall Brew Weekend at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Oct. 26-27: Zombie Days at Washburn, Wisconsin

Oct. 27-28: Oulu Corn Maze

View the full schedule of events on our website and more on our Facebook page.


Next month, special guest Jen Maziasz with the Washburn Ranger District in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will be telling us all the ways to enjoy recreating in the 268,000 acres the national forest has to offer in Bayfield County.


Lakewoods Resort - Lakewoods Resort prides itself on its extensive array of northwoods accommodations. Lakewoods Resort is an ideal destination at anytime of the year. With a stellar view of Lake Namakagon, Lakewoods Resort is a breathtaking setting to experience your next getaway. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a memorable family excursion, or a get together with good friends, experience the distinct northwoods charm and modern comfort of Lakewoods Resort. 

Herbster Cottage - Located near the peaceful shores of Lake Superior, Herbster Cottage is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty of Bayfield County. It’s the perfect place to “get away from it all” while still enjoying the amenities of a beautiful home near Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. End your day of adventure in total comfort at Herbster Cottage 

Benoit Cheese Haus - Since 1973, Benoit Cheese Haus has been Bayfield’s premiere source for local Wisconsin cheeses and delicacies. Come in to sample some of Wisconsin’s award-winning cheeses and then stay for a while to explore the area. 

Seagull Bay Motel - Nestled in a residential neighborhood just a few blocks from downtown Bayfield, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Superior, Seagull Bay Motel offers clean, quiet, comfortable lodging accommodations with a spectacular view of Madeline and Long Islands.