Cains Orchard


Address: W13885 Cain Road, Hixton, WI 54635
Phone Number: (715) 963-2052
Fax: (715) 963-2108
We are now closed for the 2023 apple season. We will re-open mid July 2024 with U-Pick blueberries. Many thanks for continuing to visit our orchard! Many thanks, Carmen (Cain) Heard, Derrick, Wynona and Serraphina Heard. Updated 11/5/23
The history of Cain’s Orchard

Cain’s Orchard was established by Kevin & Diane Cain in 1976. “We  were young, enthusiastic and energetic with dreams of embarking upon an agricultural adventure. We were lured to Hixton by the beauty and serenity of the land. The hills and slopes provide a microclimate with important winter protection and air drainage for our fruit. The close proximity of our orchard to I-94, Hwy. 95, and Hwy. 121 would prove to be a favorable location. Our venture and our dreams continue. Come share them with us….”

Exciting news!!!!

Kevin and I are pleased to announce the sale of our apple/blueberry Farm aka Cain’s Orchard to our daughter Carmen Cain Heard & son-in-law Derrick Heard. Kevin & I will continue to reside in our home on the Orchard premises including our 40 acres of woodland. You will continue to see Kevin & Diane often as we help out around the farm. We really appreciate all of our customers who have supported us through the years. We planted the Orchard in 1976 and sold our 1st crop in 1981. It has been a good run and again Thank You so much! We hope you will continue your support for Carmen & Derrick.

Updated 1/21/20

The Heard Family Story!!!!

Ten years ago we moved back home to Cain’s Orchard. After many years of coming home on weekends and during the Summers, we were finally back home! We bought Kevin and Diane’s house and Wynona and Serraphina were born a year later. Besides raising our girls the last ten years, we have been learning the tricks of the trade and developing our dreams for the orchard. This year we will be extremely busy as we plant 325 new apple trees as we continue to invest in our own future. Since this has been a lifelong dream of Carmen (Cain’s) it goes without saying that we are very excited about this new venture! We love the serenity of the orchard, working hard, and being close to Kevin and Diane. We look forward to seeing all of the families that visit us as many have become very close to us throughout the years. Being part of the family business has been rewarding and special. We look forward to our kids growing up and working alongside family. We are very excited as we embark on this new journey. Luckily, Kevin and Diane will be close by as we transition into this new role as owners. We couldn’t be more fortunate to have them by our side and are extremely grateful to them. Our job was made easier with Kevin and Diane being good stewards of the land. We will follow their example to mange the farm responsibly to grow wholesome fruit for our customers.  We hope to see you this year; Come today, spend 5 minutes or the day! – Updated 10/29/23

Article written by Lori Johnson and Photos by Lisa Ripp:


Our Apples

We grow Connell Red, Cortland, Red Delicious, Duchess, Northwest Greening, Haralson, Honeycrisp, Tolman Sweet, Jonathan, McIntosh, Paula Red, Sweet 16, Whitney Crab, Wolfriver, Zestar, Spartan & Haralson.

Our apple season usually begins the end of August through mid to late Oct.

Our Blueberries

We grow 20,000 (10 varieties) of high bush cultivated blueberries. They are sold U-Pick only on Saturday’s only; starting at 7 AM until the ripe berries are gone for the day.  The berry picking is once a week to allow the berries to sweeten, ripen and size. We are sorry-we do not have ready picked berries available. Wearing apparel for picking the berries can be anything you might wear walking outside in your yard as the blueberry fields are well mowed.

Most of the ripe berries are between your knees and your shoulders allowing both children and the handicapped the ability to pick berries at our farm. We do allow leashed pets although we ask they please not be brought into our gift shop or blueberry fields for safety and food code reasons. Play area for children, picnic facilities and a gift shop.

We ask you to please bring 5 qt ice cream buckets to pick in; as the scale that will weigh your berries when you check out will automatically deduct the weight of an ice cream bucket. We do provide extra containers for you to pick in at no charge if needed. We welcome you to our farm.

Our Environment

Cains Orchard has a strong environmental message we wish to share with our customers. Our fruit is grown utilizing sustainable agriculture & incorporates integrated pest management. We recognize the importance of being a conscientious caretaker of the earth, its animals, plants & nature. Our Sommerset & Van Buren Grapes will be available this year and look wonderful! The apples look great and thus far we are on track for a bountiful apple crop.


Our Retail/Gift Shop offers:

  • Practical to Novelty to Ethnic Kitchen Items
  • Dried Fruit
  • Wildflower Honey; Soup, Apple Crisp and Rice Mixes, Salsas, Endangered Species Candy bars, Fine European Chocolate bars
  • Commercial Clear Jel for home canned fillings like the commercial kind
  • Jams, Syrups, Butters & Conserves
  • Stovetop Espresso Coffee Pots
  • Apple Peelers
  • Soup & Dip Mixes
  • Steam Juice Extractor
  • Gourmet Salad Dressings
  • Nordic Ware ( non-stick cookware.) Made in USA


Blueberry Cobbler

2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup skim milk
2 Tbs. butter, melted
2 cups blueberries

Combine dry ingredients. Stir in milk, mix batter til smooth. Pour melted butter in 1 or 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Pour in batter and sprinkle blueberries on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned. Bake for 1 hour if using frozen berries.

Mom’s Apple Crisp

6 apples (peeled, cored & sliced)
1 cup sugar (divided)
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
6 T. butter

Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water and cinnamon with apples in 8×12 inch pan. In a separate mixing bowl combine butter, flour and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until well crumbled. Spread over apples and press down slightly. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

Best Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 2-1/2 cup blueberries, 2 cups flour

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 18 muffin cups. Beat butter until creamy. Add sugar. Cream until pale & fluffy. Add eggs; one @ a time, beating after each egg. Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt. Fold in half of the flour with a spatula, then half of the milk. Repeat, add berries. After batter is in muffin tins, top with 1 Tbsp sugar mixed with 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Bake 25-30 minutes.

Check out a video about us on youtube: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Cain’s Orchard

We are located just off I-94, 3/4 mile east of Hixton on Hwy. 95. Turn left onto North Branch Rd. – 3/4 mile to Cain Rd. Turn left into orchards.

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At Cain’s Orchard you’ll also find –

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RV & Bus Parking
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