By Clara Neupert
Caramel apples and tractor rides, trademark signs of the fall season, are nestled in Eau Claire hills at Ferguson’s Orchard.
Ferguson’s Orchard is a family farm that primarily harvests apples. A visitor can pick their own or buy them by the bag. For younger visitors — or those young at heart — the orchard offers a petting zoo, a rope swing, toy tractors and more.
The orchard is located at 6470 Balsam Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The orchard is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apple season ends Nov. 5.
Ferguson’s Orchard is open for the season. The orchard barn is filled with caramel apples, apple strudel and other merchandise. © 2017 Clara Neupert
Cortland apples bask in the sunlight at Ferguson’s Orchard, begging to be picked. Folks can come pick apples themselves or buy bags in the barn. © 2017 Clara Neupert
Rows of younger apple trees are across the way from older apple trees. Workers at Ferguson’s Orchard in Eau Claire said that young saplings are not to be picked until they’re older. © 2017 Clara Neupert
Bonnie and Hanna Clameau are visiting Ferguson’s Orchard for the first time. “We’re having a good time,” Bonnie Clameau said. © 2017 Clara Neupert
Bonnie and Hanna Clameau harvest Cortland apples at Ferguson’s Orchard. Apple season ends in early November. © 2017 Clara Neupert
Ferguson’s Orchard has many furry friends. Goats, potbelly pigs, sheep and a llama encounter tiny visitors. © 2017 Clara Neupert
Outside of the trees, a pyramid of hay bails provides a place to climb for toddlers and adults alike at Ferguson’s Orchard. Apple Blossom Park is filled with rope swings, a haunted house and toy tractors. © 2017 Clara Neupert
UW-Eau Claire student Carly Nelson and her friend Aodan Sinclair enjoy an apple strudel. They are frequent visitors of the orchard. © 2017 Clara Neupert