Some good friends of ours, the Olsens, are in the newspaper today. The Olsens own and operate the Bayfield Apple Company. They harvest the state's largest raspberry crop, make all-natural jams and jellies, and have created a unique apple mustard that's one of my favorites.
They also make the world's best apple cider. Yes, this sounds over the top, but honestly, it's that good. I always used to think of apple cider as a hot drink for cold weather, but the Olsens introduced us to an even better option: the frozen cider slush for summer.
We learned about this on one of our visits to them some years back. We checked into our hotel room and discovered a delightful surprise: our friends had arranged for a half-thawed jug of cider and a set of cups to be delivered to our room. Wasn't that sweet? I've never forgotten how great that cider "slush" tasted on a blistering summer day after a long drive.
Anyway, today the Olsens and their orchard are featured in a Journal-Sentinel article in the Travel section about eco-friendly travel destinations in Wisconsin.
From the article:
A variety of apple products are efficiently made and sold here. In fact, the only remains from a bushel of apples may be a few seeds, some skin and a couple stems. All the rest has gone into products: 2.5 gallons of cider and 36 jars of apple butter.
Raspberries also grow on some of the 80 acres. Each year customers bring back their wood crates to get them refilled with more raspberries. "They are very conscientious. They don't want to waste anything," Olsen says. For information: www.bayfieldapple.com
They take orders on their website, in case you're interested in some of their jams or apple mustard.