Kick Off Apple Picking Season with the Apple Holler 12th Annual MS Orchard Walk & Fundraiser

 RACINE, WISCONSIN – August 2016 – Apple Holler Family Farm is inviting the public to kick off this year’s apple picking season on Saturday, August 27 when it hosts its 12th annual Orchard Walk & MS Fundraiser. Advanced tickets are available Apple Holler's MS Walk & Fundraiseronline at or by calling 262-884-7100.


Participants of all ages will be able to enjoy a farm fresh all-you-can-eat apple pancake breakfast, take a one-mile morning walk through the orchard and pick a quarter-peck bag of Paula Red apples. They’ll also receive a complimentary ticket for raffle prizes (additional tickets may be purchased.). Admission tickets are value priced at $20 per person, with proceeds benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter.

A tractor-drawn wagon ride will be available for those who don’t want to walk or who are unable to.

The event has raised nearly $100,000 for MS-related research and services since it began in 2004. The cause is one that’sApple Holler's MS Walk - National MS Society Wisconsin Chapter personal for Apple Holler owner and CEO, Dave Flannery, who has had three family members diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which affects the central nervous system, interrupting the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. More than 11,000 children, women and men in Wisconsin have been diagnosed – believed to be one of the higher prevalence rates in the nation.

“It has to be such a scary thing when you first hear the words ‘You have MS,’” Flannery said. “If we can help fund a resource, even if it’s someone to call for information, it’s a good feeling. And in some small way, we’re also contributing to a cure. I think that’s everyone’s hope, isn’t it?”

The schedule of the 2016 MS Orchard Walk & Fundraiser is as follows: Apple Pancake Breakfast 7:00-11:00 a.m, Orchard Walk Check In 7:30-9:00 a.m., Official Ribbon Cutting & Orchard Walk 9:00 a.m., Raffle Drawing 10:30 a.m. (must be present to win). The raffle will include gift baskets, gift certificates and other items donated by area residents and local businesses with tickets on sale the day of the event for $1 each, 12 for $10, or 25 for $20. Anyone interested in donating items to the raffle should call 262-886-8500.

Sponsors of the 12th annual Orchard Walk & MS Fundraiser include Absolute Computer SystemsSysco, Reinhart Food Service, Float Life,  Menarek Stamped Concrete, Graphic Color PrintingTh-agri ChemicalsValley Bakers, Bargain Hunter, 7 Mile Fair, River Valley Ranch, Crewe Dental, Von Stiehl Winery and Whitledge Family Chiropractic.

About Apple Holler Family Farm and Restaurant:  Apple Holler Farm and Restaurant is located between Racine and Kenosha, Wisconsin, off Interstate 94 on Sylvania Road (West Frontage Road) in Sturtevant. Open year-round, Apple Holler hosts a 78-acre apple orchard and family farm park, restaurant, gift shop and bakery. We provide the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy good, old-fashioned food and fun! “Pick Your Own Memories Year ‘Round” at Apple Holler!

 About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. In 2015 alone, through its comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to help more than one million individuals connect to the information and resources they needed, and invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. Learn more at


Perfect Growing Conditions Mean the Best Peach Crop Ever at Apple Holler.

Dave Flannery

RACINE , WISCONSIN, July 7, 2016….

Why? This year’s weather conditions were almost perfect for the budding and blooming, of Apple Holler’s peach trees, which is necessary for the bloom to grow into a peach. This year throughout the growing season there was plenty of warm weather and rain at just the right times. PLUS, choosing and planting the right varieties of peach trees that can withstand Wisconsin winters is extremely important to expect a successful harvest.Peaches2cropW620

Apple Holler started planting peach trees in the spring of 2011.  Dave Flannery, owner of Apple Holler, knew he was taking a chance with planting  peaches, known to grow more successfully in the South. BUT, Dave Flannery did his research and found some heartier peach trees that grow better in the North and can handle colder temperatures.

This year, the unpredictable weather across America has caused peach crop reduction as a whole. In the Northeast, the peach crop was decimated by mid-February freeze, and a cold snap in early April. It is estimated that about 90% of the crops in the Northeast were lost. Wisconsin also experienced some cold weather this season, with some later frosts that threatened fruit crops. Once the trees start budding, the freezing temperatures can kill the flower bud. If there are no buds, then there are no peaches.

Most recently in the winter of 2013 to 2014, Apple Holler’s orchard did experience some bitterly cold temperatures. There was not a single peach on any of the 500 peach trees. That season Apple Holler lost about 50 peach trees from temperatures dipping as low as –20 F.

Though this was disappointing, it did not discourage Flannery from expanding his peach orchard. In the Spring of 2015, He planted another 1,000  peach trees, and this year he planted 300 more peach trees, focusing on varieties that ripen earlier. This year Apple Holler will have peaches ready to be picked in mid July. Apple Holler’s peach orchard is “pick-your-own” for the public to come and experience picking fresh, juicy peaches straight from the tree.

Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, off I-94 on Sylvania Avenue (the west frontage road); just north of the highway KR exit. Apple Holler is a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard and family farm, with pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; orchard and farm tours, musical theatre, hayrides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor garden displays. A perfect indoor/outdoor wedding venue and group agritourism destination. Experience the Magic of Apples at Apple Holler!

Call (262) 886-8500, or visit, for further information.



Celebrate Strawberries and Farm Fun at Apple Holler


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Contact: Dave Flannery (262) 886-8500

RACINE, WISCONSIN, June 1, 2016…. A delicious way to welcome summer in Wisconsin is by eating the first big, red, juicy, sweet strawberries of the season. The whole month of June, Apple Holler is celebrating strawberries with a fantastic variety of mouth-watering treats.

Guests can enjoy fresh-picked strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, fresh strawberry and strawberry rhubarb pies, strawberry ice cream sundaes, and MORE. In the Country Store and Gift Shop, enjoy FREE tastings of strawberry bread, strawberry donuts, strawberry wine, strawberry applesauce, strawberry jams and jellies.

Apple Holler is known for its down-home cooking. Some favorite strawberry menu specials are the Strawberry Shortcakes with real whipped cream, Strawberry Chicken Wraps and the Strawberry Chicken Salad. Also enjoy Strawberry  Pancakes, with fresh strawberries, and real whipped cream for only $7.99 every day in June, 8:00am to noon.

This summer, guests will enjoy some good ole’ fash­ioned Summer Fun on the Farm. Guests can visit the adorable farm animals that include goats, guineas, chickens, and ducks. Their farm park includes Crazy Corn Maze, Cow Maze, Fun Tunnels, The Golden Goat Bridge, Jack and the Beanstalk Story Trail, Giant Slide, Kids Korral Play Area, Music Garden, Pedal Carts and More!

On the weekends, every Saturday and Sunday, Apple Holler is offering additional fun activities. Admission will include ahand-led pony ride for kids, an Apple Orchard Express train ride through the orchard and Enchanted Forest and “Bob the Rooster” Puppet Show, a fun interactive story about farm animals showing at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Farm Park admission on the weekends is $8 a person and on weekdays it is $4 a person.

Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, at exit 337 off I-94 on Sylvania Avenue (the west frontage road), just north of the highway KR exit. Apple Holler is a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard and family farm, including pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; orchard and farm tours, children’s shows, school field trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. A perfect indoor/outdoor wedding venue and an agritourism destination.

Call (262) 884-7100, or visit, for further information.


Apple Holler is one of the Winners of the Best Apple Orchard In USA TODAY’S 10Best Award Contest

October 9, 2015….

Apple Holler is one of the Winners of the Best Apple Orchard In USA TODAY’S 10Best Award ContestApple Holler is one of the Winners of the Best Apple Orchard In  USA TODAY’S 10Best  Award Contest

America loves Apple Holler! After four weeks of voting from the public last month in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest, sponsored by USA TODAY, Apple Holler was chosen as one of the ten Best Apple Orchards in the nation.

Apple Holler was chosen along with a total of twenty nominations by a panel of authoritative contributors, including: editors from USA TODAY, editors from and more. Apple Holler placed 6th in the contest….. read more

Help Apple Holler Spread the Love and Warm Families this Winter!

RACINE, WISCONSIN, January 27, 2016….
Last year Apple Holler’s coat drive was so successful that they are again asking the community around them to dig through their closets and donate gently used, clean winter coats during their One Warm Coat Drive.

One Warm Coat is a national organization that helps different groups organize coat drives all over the nation. “We have decided to join with this wonderful organization to help get the word out, so we can help those in need in our community.” says Sheri Gavin of Apple Holler.

Last year, Apple Holler received 124 coats during their coat drive!…. read more

Enjoy the Holiday Season at Apple Holler

RACINE, WISCONSIN, November 10, 2015….

Apple Holler's Apple Pie

Welcome in the season of joy and giving at Apple Holler Family Farm and Restaurant in November and December with a number of memorable ways. As the cold winter days move into Wisconsin, there is no need to be trapped at home. Join in the sights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season as guests enjoy beautiful decorations, lovely holiday music and delicious samples. Apple Holler has “decked the halls” with enchanting decorations and lights….. read more