Address: W13885 Cain Road, Hixton, WI 54635
Phone Number: (715) 963-2052
Fax: (715) 963-2108
Located in Wisconsin’s Picturesque &
Updated Friday July 30, 2021
Thank you so incredibly much for your continued support and making us a family tradition. Whether this is your first visit or you have visited us many times, we can’t thank you enough for coming for a visit!
During these unprecedented times, we have all had to adapt to many changes. Last year, there was a mask mandate. This year there is not one in place. Therefore, face coverings are not required and are optional. However, as a reminder, the CDC still recommends the use of face coverings and social distancing for people who have not received the vaccination. This is especially important for children ages 11 and under who are not vaccinated. Therefore, while visiting the retail shop and while picking, please attempt to socially distance as much as possible.
Other Important Information!
Paying for your berries!
Last year due to COVID-19 we had to alter some of the ways we operated. This year we are returning to our standard practice of charging per pound. The price remains the same as the last many years, $1.50 per pound.
Places to Pay for your Berries!
Upon paying for your berries you have three options. The retail shop is open as always to have your berries weighed and to purchase many of our popular items such as: Knutson Caramels, jams, salsas, or to peruse our many kitchen novelty items. When using Credit/Debit cards you must pay in the retail shop. We do ask that you attempt to socially distance yourself in the retail shop. Your other options are paying at our drive through tent stations. You will see one large white tent down in the valley and one large white tent in front of the house. We will be operating two drive through stations at a time in these tents. At the drive up tent stations you must pay with cash, check, WIC or Senior program checks. The tents will not have a credit/debit card option.
Hand Washing Basin and Sanitizing stations!
Due to COVID-19, we have one hand washing basin with soap and water near the portable toilets. We encourage hand washing! We also have hand sanitizer in the shop, by the portable toilets and in the tents.
Extra Containers to Pick in!
To become more environmentally friendly we are eliminating our cardboard flats. If you do not have a container we will provide pails in the patch with food safe liners for you to pick in. When you get done picking your berries we’ll provide you with a twist tie for your berries and keep our pail to sanitize and use again.
No pets are allowed in the fields or retail shop due to new food and safety laws. Service animals are allowed in the fields and buildings. If you need to walk your pet please consider using our pet area located at the head of the nature trail. You can drive to it. Also, feel free to take them for a walk on the nature trails. We would appreciate your pet being leashed. If other accommodations are needed such as a shaded parking spot if you have your pet with, please let us know. We are animal lovers and so your pets having a great time is equally important to us.
Updated: Wednesday July 7th, 2021
First Blueberry Picking will be on Saturday July 17th. U-Pick starts at 7AM and goes until 5PM or earlier if they get picked out for the day. Excellent crop! Price remains $1.50 per pound. Look for additional posts with updates and further information. We will be open for picking for 4-6 Saturday’s.
Pictured to the left is the blueberry variety called Duke. As you can see this bush has a huge amount of berries on it. We can’t wait to see you this Summer for blueberries and this Fall for apples. Thanks so much from all of us, Derrick, Carmen, Serraphina and Wynona Heard and Kevin and Diane Cain!
Updated June 28, 2021.
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….”
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.
The Heard Family Story!!!!
Eight 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 seven 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 plan 325 new apple trees and 600 blueberry plants as we 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 2/23/20
Article written by Lori Johnson and Photos by Lisa Ripp:
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.
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.
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
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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