About Bluebird Orchards:
Our operation is all organic, although we are currently in the transitional phase and not yet certified, we use only regenerative and sustainable agricultural and processing techniques. Bluebird Orchards was named after the bluebirds who we give tremendous respect and support to for helping us to achieve our organic growing with their constant vigilant pursuit of the bugs that would destroy such an orchard operation. We’ve set up numerous bluebird nesting boxes throughout our orchards and maintain the grounds to provide an ideal bluebird habitat that will never use any chemicals that would harm the birds or our product.
The main farm and grounds itself was a neglected and severely damaged 50 year old apple orchard that we have dedicated 2 years to with our orchard reclamation project to restore it to its former glory. Because our apples are 50 year old vintage cider varieties that are not commonly found in the United States anymore, this also contributes to our brand and product uniqueness and distinct flavor.
At the heart of America is its farmers and growers, and Bluebird Orchards is proud to be a part of that heritage nestled among some of the most productive farm country in Southwestern Wisconsin. In Bear Valley’s rich soils, ample rainfall and sunshine, Bluebird Orchards produces a wide variety of fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, flowers, birds and bees. We believe in getting people back in touch with their food, meaning, they know where and how it is grown and that it is the highest quality it can be. After all, we are what we eat. Poor quality food leads to poor quality health. It’s a proven fact, and why waste your money on flavorless, nutritionless alternatives in the stores.
HOW TO USE OUR WEBSITE:
The FARM STORE:
Our Farm Store is open from May to the end of October. See the bottom of any of our website pages for directions and hours. We sell produce directly to consumers through the store and you can call us to set up an appointment to come by any time for canned or fresh goods. Our website store works in conjunction with our farm store as a way to let you know before you come out to the orchard if a particular item is in season or not. When it’s out of season, it will say “out of stock” on our website. You can also order directly from our website for home delivery,
There is a minimum $25 dollar order for delivery.
We like to know how many people are interested in getting produce so we can plan our spring plantings in order to grow enough for everyone.
If you are interested in farm fresh produce either by picking it up, delivery or CSA membership, please put your name on our PRODUCE SIGN UP LIST early in the spring to be sure we grow enough for you and everyone else. This does not obligate you in any way. We will notify you when our produce season gets underway.
FARM TO HOME PRODUCE DELIVERY:
If you are looking for farm to table freshness, we provide it. We deliver farm fresh produce, eggs and orchard products directly to your home or business in the Madison, Baraboo, Sauk City and LaCrosse areas, or ship our canned orchard products anywhere! See our list of what we offer.
CSA FARM MEMBERSHIPS:
What’s a CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. More recently, CSA has been used to define farms that allow local consumers to pay for a monthly membership in the farm in exchange for a weekly box of seasonal local produce they can pick up directly from the farm. Hence you will see “CSA farms” as a category of growers now. CSAs were developed to bring consumers back in touch with their local growers so they know where their food is really coming from and can benefit from getting it as fresh and tasty as possible. CSAs were also created to support local small farmers and growers who are struggling to compete with the big agricultural conglomerates.
The biggest difference between our CSA memberships and our Farm to Home Delivery Service is that with our delivery you can choose what produce you want. With CSA memberships the farm chooses whatever is in season to fill your weekly box of produce with but it’s a little cheaper than home delivery. See our prices here.
Canned and Frozen ORCHARD PRODUCTS:
Enjoy our homemade canned goods such as our Pink Lady apple pie filling ready to just dump in a crust and bake for easy homemade pie, or our apple sauces and butters, such as our popular apple raisin butter that is the best you will ever taste. We also have apple cider, apple cider vinegar, mulberry syrup and cherry products, organic canned veggies, fruit jams, jellys, syrups BBQ sauce and freshly frozen nuts in or out of the shell. When we get production ramped up, we will be offering frozen fruit and berries as well.
We also harvest black walnuts and will soon have hazelnuts. Black walnuts are considered to be far superior in flavor to the English walnut, and that’s according to the English. Europeans tend to prefer black walnuts for flavor. They are sweeter than their English counterpart. We offer them already shelled or not, and frozen for freshness.
We are now raising chickens and geese and will have eggs this fall (hens willing) starting about October. They are free-range and fed organic grain. Eggs will be $3.oo per dozen for chicken eggs.
BLUEBIRD ORCHARDS HONEY:
Since we moved from Colorado, we have to start our bee colony all over again, but hope to offer honey products within the next year. We have acres and acres of white clover, which is a honeybee favorite, and since our property is all grown organically, our honey will be free from pesticides and therefore protect the bees from pesticide poisoning.
Browse our online orchard store with our fresh farm-made organic products and benefit from all the nutrients and flavors nature intended.
Follow our Website: Stay up to date on our holiday specials. It’s very convenient that harvest season is just a couple months before the holidays so we can offer unsurpassed freshness and unique holiday gifts and recipes. You will be sure to impress your guests or your host if you offer them some homemade farm and orchard products.
Blog: Follow our Journey and the many delicious products, recipes and wonders we are discovering while restoring this 80 year old orchard and property to its former glory once again.
Why “Bluebird” Orchards?
Why did we choose the name Bluebird Orchards? Because our bluebirds are the real heroes that allow us to produce food with the core values we want to cultivate – organically and sustainably.
Bluebirds eat thousands of insects every season that would be harmful to our orchards such as moths and the apple maggot fly. Not only are they beautiful to look at, bluebirds are very beneficial to farmers. We have a host of other birds as well that all help to protect our orchards and produce from harmful insect infestations, but the bluebirds are the very first orchard and farm helpers to arrive early in the spring and set up residence in the birdhouses we provide for them. They quickly became a symbol of organic growing when it is done in sync with Mother Nature and the way things should be. Thus, they became the symbol of all we value and try to cultivate with our business. We provide shelter for them and they provide a valuable service to us in return. It is truly a symbiotic relationship that reflects the way farming was done in the old days and should be done again in order to protect our quality of life and food supply.
Therefore, we can’t wait to see our feathered co-workers in the spring – as the first sign of the start of every growing season.