You know the saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’? Well, at Sunrise River Farm, it is not quite the same. Here, you may hear: ‘An apple a day keeps the dentists happy’, because the owners of Sunrise River farm are both dentists.
The Stec Family
Sunrise River farm is owned by Ed and Stephanie Stec, who are very unusual apple orchard owners, because they are both practicing dentists. Both run successful dental practices in the Wyoming, MN area.
So, how do two successful, and busy, dentists also run a successful apple orchard? Simple. They make it a family affair. The Stecs have five children, Matt, Tim, Andy, Tobias, and Hannah, who help them run and maintain the farm. Look out, too, for grandparents and in-laws. This really is a family business!
This successful farm had its humble beginnings in 2000, with trees on only 8 acres of apple trees. A short five years later, the Stec family began selling apples to the public, which marked the beginning of the burgeoning business. There are now more than 4000 apple trees from which the substantial crop of apples is harvested.
By 2010 they had build a 3000 square foot farm market where they house the market, market kitchen, and sorting equipment.
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All About the Apples
Zestar has a sweet/tart taste and is great for baking and freezing. Honey Crisp is a crisp and juicy apple, which is good for baking and freezing, but also for applesauce. Sweet Sixteen has a finely textured flesh and bakes and freezes successfully. Cortland has the quality of remaining whole when sliced, so it is perfect for pies. Sweet Tango has the perfect balance between sweet and tangy balance and is best for eating fresh. Fireside is a sweet apple and is best eaten fresh. Haralson is a firm, tart apple, which is best for pies. Chestnut Crab has a fine-grained, juicy flesh, which can also be used for pickling.
Picking season begins in early September and lasts through mid to late October. Not all apples ripen at the same time. Sunrise River has a handy Apple Ripening Calendar so that you can check when your favorite apple is prime for picking and eating.
Going into the orchards to pick your own apples is one of the most popular attractions at Sunrise River Farm. Buy a half or quarter bag from the market and then head into the orchard. You can also enjoy creating your own apple cider at their hand-crafted press.
Sunrise River Farm offers educational tours, during which visitors will go for a wagon ride around the farm and into the orchards – and explore the world of apple growing, picking apples and pollination of apple trees. Tours also include goodie bags suited to the participants.
More than Just Apples
Sunrise River Farm hosts an annual craft fair, where there are a variety of vendors, each with their own attractions. This event is one of the biggest and most enjoyed events at the farm. You are sure to find the perfect gifts for someone special, or to decorate your home. You’ll find everything from jewelry to photographers, to home décor and home organizers among the vendors at the event.
Recently, Sunrise River has also added a greenhouse for visitors who are interested in plants and growing their own gardens. You can browse and buy from a selection of regular plants and herbs – and more specialized plants, such as orchids and carnivorous plants.
And There is Still More
Sunrise River Farm also has tons of activities for kids to enjoy when you visit the orchard. When there’s a special event going on, the petting zoo has a variety of animals, including pot-belly pigs and miniature donkeys, as well as horses, llamas, chickens and turkeys.
You can also plan your next birthday party at Sunrise River Farm. What better place to celebrate your birthday than Sunrise River, with a picnic and fun and games. Each of your guests will leave with a treat bag.
Be sure to stop by the Sunrise River Farm Market when you visit. You’ll find a range of tasty products to take home with you. In addition to the apples, there are various products that will complement your palette. Look out for caramel apples, honey that is harvested from the beehives on the farm, and choose from a variety of jams, jellies, maple syrup and apple cider.
One section of the market sells a variety of flowers for personal bouquets and to decorate your home. Choose some beautiful mums, amongst other varieties as the perfect gift for birthdays, or special occasions.
Sunrise River Farm – Wyoming Apple Orchard is just 37 miles from Minneapolis, along the Wyoming Trial, Wyoming.
Address: 7602 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN 55092
Website: Sunrise River Farm
What makes Sunrise Farm apple orchards special is the welcoming, family feel and the variety of great attractions and activities. Underlining all of this is the chance to get close to nature and the very trees from which the apples come. Go apple picking. You never what treasures you may find.