Community Supported Tree Fruit
Our orchard is populated by unique varieties of high-flavor fruits that thrive under organic management.
The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
At Taproot Farm and Fruit, we are fortunate to have inherited a beautiful 40 tree orchard that was planted by a previous owner almost 20 years ago. In addition to restoring this orchard, we've planted another 200 fruit trees, mostly apple, that will anchor our orchard expansion, while we improve the rest of the future orchard soil with cover crops. Our new trees are almost entirely on seedling rootstock, which take a bit longer to come into bearing, but will survive to be harvested by our grandchildren.
Organic Management and Pest Control
You might be wondering; aren't tree fruit notoriously difficult to manage organically in the upper Midwest? That is certainly the conventional wisdom. We're using a variety of techniques to grow healthier fruit sustainably, including restoring a mosaic of prairie and savanna communities adjacent to the orchard to attract native pollinators and beneficial insects and using heritage and novel pest and disease resistant varieties.