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Shihata's Orchard and Apple House

Shortly after pulling out of Prairie du Chien on Highway 27 N, we spotted a sign telling us to turn to the left to Shihata's Orchard. Having driven through Missouri and Illinois, we were eager to get a pumpkin, but we insisted on a Wisconsin pumpkin, so we took a hard left on Limery Road. It was morning, there was a pretty heavy overcast, but nonetheless a beautiful setting. This is what is so neat about Shihata's: it is situated in the beautiful setting of Crawford County's location in the heart of the Upper Mississippi bluff country, with landscape very remindful of the lower sections of the Appalachians, having a very rustic appearance and terrific vistas. We came in to get a pumpkin. By the time we headed out the door, we had a whole bunch of apples, Honey, vidalia onion relish, acorn squash, butternut squash, and, oh yes, a big pumpkin. And we had some moments to really enjoy life.

Editor’s note: We returned again in September 2010, and so I’m going to add to the story with some new photography and text.

October 24, 2007, updated May 19, 2011

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While returning to Wausau from St. Louis, only granddaughter's first birthday, we decided to stay off the interstates, so we ended up staying overnight in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, in the southwest corner of the state near where the Wisconsin River meets the Mighty Mississippi. We've presented some neat photography of this area in our Western Upland Geographic Province, the Crawford County section.

We pulled out of Prairie du Chien on Highway 27 N and spotted a sign telling us to turn to the left to get to
Shihata's Orchard. Having driven through Missouri and Illinois, we were eager to get a pumpkin, but we insisted on a Wisconsin pumpkin, so we took a hard left on Limery Road. It was morning, there was a pretty heavy overcast, but nonetheless a beautiful setting. This is what is so neat about Shihata's: it is situated in a beautiful setting. On our second trip, we had a bright sunny September day.

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Crawford County is the heart of the Upper Mississippi bluff country, the landscape is very remindful of the lower sections of the Appalachians, having a very rustic appearance and terrific vistas. In this MapQuest aerial, you can see the wonderful rolling hills and narrow valleys. Great country. The red arrow points to Shihata's location amidst all this splendor.

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We do not know the full extent of Shihata's growing area, but you can see the fields on both sides of road. We know an apple orchard and pumpkin patch are where we've pointed.

On our second trip, we did get a chance to drive through some of the orchard. We had to be careful since everyone was busy on the harvest.

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Honey Crisp Apples, in my opinion, the very best

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No, not cherry tomatoes, raspberries

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As we said, during our first visit, it was overcast, but still a neat view of the pumpkin patch along side Limery Road.

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The apple orchard.

During our second trip, we also got a chance to see some of the workers going through, sorting, and cleaning the products.

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We bought more acorn and butternut squash than my Jeep could carry!

Across the street was the store.

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While here, you have the feeling that you have escaped the rest of the world. It's quiet, the landscape is beautiful, and the products top-of-the-line. Let's walk around, outside and inside, and just look around.

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Let's head inside the store.

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You name it, it's probably here.


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That’s my wife Marcia on the left having a field day emptying my wallet! It’s so much fun you just don’t care.

The company is a family operation, up and running since 1968. It originally started as a wholesale operation, but is now focused on retail customers. It had grown to about 20,000 apple trees producing 19 varieties. They also have fresh pressed, pasteurized cider, tree ripened Bartlett pears, U-pick apples, Kickapoo Honey, and wagon rides. The Apple House offers a huge variety of jams and jellies, everything from the traditional to the very nontraditional.

We came in to get a pumpkin. By the time we headed out the door, we had a whole bunch of apples, Honey, vidalia onion relish, acorn squash, butternut squash, and, oh yes, a big pumpkin. From your editor's point of view, the Honeycrisp apple is worth going to war for. It is the most spectacular apple known to all mankind!

We'll head again and again. It’s a great drive, and a fun day, with lots of good stuff to eat through the winter. some left!