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W27062 Wisconsin 54 Trunk
Trempealeau, WI 54661

608 539-2652

No pets, please.


Hours:
Late August to October 31st - 10am to 6pm
November 1st to Thanksgiving Eve - 10am to 5pm


Ecker's Apple Farm has been a family-owned orchard seated on The Great River Road near Trempealeau, Wisconsin since 1945.  The orchard is home to 20 apple cultivars, including Honeycrisp.  We are dedicated to growing our apple crop sustainably using integrated pest management techniques to achieve the highest quality of fruit.  Our 2017 apple crop is Tru Earth Certified.

Ecker's also features a John Deere train, the Honeycrisp Express, an apiary, observational bee hive, morel mushrooms in the spring, blueberries in the summer, and Wisconsin peaches in the fall.  Home to Hog's Back Brew Farm, Ecker's is now a must-stop craft beer destination open on weekends June through October.
Come walk our orchard rows; pick-your-own apples each September.  Take in the fall colours with family and friends.  Our farm market is open daily each fall, brimming with specialty foods, our gourmet caramel, and our scratch apple pies.  The orchard is our labour of love, please be part of it with us.

Honeycrisp Hootenanny 2017

 

You came!  We so appreciate your love and support!  Thank you, thank you for making this year's Hoot one for the record books.  Cheers, see you next Hoot!

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A Celebration of Honeycrisp Apples
and Bluegrass Music

2017 marks our 9th year of hosting the Honeycrisp Hootenanny and we couldn't be happier.  What started as a friendly get-together of close friends and patrons has exploded into a day packed with bluegrass music, food trucks, and damn good beer.  We also tip our hats to the bread and butter of the apple world: the Honeycrisp.  Sweet and tangy, the Honeycrisp is what you love most about fall.
Here's what's happening at this year's Hoot.

 

Them Coulee Boys

Them Coulee Boys

The Bands

Them Coulee Boys - 7:30pm to 10pm
Them Coulee Boys are coming home.

The Brothers Burn Mountain - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
These siblings from Duluth put out electric riffs and tribal drum solos.

G-E-T Out of the Blue and Vocal Point - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau's two a capella groups are carving out a name for themselves, not only locally but on a national stage.
G-E-T Jazz Band - 4pm to 4:30pm
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau's Jazz Band kicks off their season with smooth tunes and jumpin' grooves.

Armchair Boogie - 2pm to 4pm
Bluegrass/Jamgrass/Funkgrass

Crooked Willow - 12pm to 2pm
Local Folk, these friends have voices that make angels cry in their craft beers.

Barbaro - 10am to 12pm
These rugged cowboys will have you itchin' for a grit with their music for films about cooking. 

 


The Beers

With 30 rotating taps pouring all day long, you're sure to find something you like, and then later, find something else you like.

TAPROOM
The Taproom (12 taps) will be open from 10am to 10pm with taps featuring brews from:
Great Lakes Brewing Company, Pearl Street Brewery, Potosi Brewery, Sand Creek Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Summit Brewery, Toppling Goliath Brewery, Titletown Brewery, Tyranena Brewery, Ballast Point Brewery, Central Waters Brewery, Leffel Roots Apple Orchard, Island City Brewing Company, and Lake Louie Brewing.

Special Feature - 10:00am to ? - Beer Cocktails by Cocktails by Casey

  • Cider Mimosa
    Ecker's own Fat Blossom Girls hard apple cider with orange juice, pineapple juice, and honey-clove syrup.  
    Small bite from the ginger with a background of clove.  Orange juice brings back those childhood memories, and hard cider to make you realize it's the real deal.
  • Bloody Hollow (Bloody Mary with Punkin Beer)
    Pumpkin and tomato puree with chai topped with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale.  So darn good that even old Ichabod Crane will be screamin' bloody Mary!

TENT TAPS

Featuring beers by Dogfish Head Brewery  all.  day.  long.

  • Indian Brown - American Brown Ale - 7.2% ABV
  • Beer to Drink Music To - Tripel - 9% ABV
  • 60 Minute IPA - American IPA - 6% ABV
  • 90 Minute IPA - American Double IPA - 9% ABV
  • Punkin Ale - Pumpkin Ale - 7% ABV
  • Namaste White Belgian - Witbier - 4.8% ABV
  • Romantic Chemistry - American IPA - 7.2% ABV
  • Red and White - Witbier - 10% ABV
  • Seaquench Ale - Gose - 4.9% ABV

Killer Whale Series

Rare and unique beers from the area's best breweries: small batch brews, limited 12oz pours.  Each beer will be featured for just one hour or until the keg kicks.  You'd better get in line now...

11:00 am - Sand Creek - Elderberry Scotch Ale,  9.2% ABV
12:00 pm - Central Waters - Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter,  9.5% ABV
1:00 pm - Hoch Orchards - Sweet Cherry Pie Hard Cider,  6.0% ABV
2:00 pm - Island City - Belgian Quad,  10% ABV
3:00 pm - Lucette - New England IPA,  6.1% ABV
4:00 pm - Pearl Street - "Bedoise" Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Raspberry Barley Wine on Cask,  10.5% ABV
5:00 pm - Schells - Apricot Vista Berliner Weisse,  4.9% ABV
6:00 pm - Dogfish Head - 120 Minute IPA,  18% ABV

 


Pottery by Maslowska - Artisan Fair

Pottery by Maslowska - Artisan Fair

The orchard

The Hoot will pack the orchard will lots to taste and see besides just beers and bands.  

Food Trucks: Smoke N' Chrome BBQ, Kinstone Kitchen, The Woodshed Wood-fired Pizza, and Gyros and Kebabs.
Fried Cheers Curds will be sold near the tent stage day and night courtesy of the Galesville Lion's Club.

And then there's the Honeycrisp Apples, Honeycrisp Caramel Apples, Apple Pies, Apple Turnovers, Apple Puffs, and Queen's Apples.  DO NOT WAIT to get these treats.  We will run out; I personally guarantee it.  I'm vaguely remembering something about an 'early bird...'

What else?!?

  • 10:00 am to 6:00 pm - Hoot T-shirt Printing - $15
  • 11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Morning Yoga with Sarah from GET FIT - $5
  • 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Artisan Fair - handmade items from local artists
  • 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Face Painting
  • 7:00 pm - Bonfire