Martin & Christine Erickson, (Jim's parents) planted their first apple trees around the turn of the century. After planting, Christine took over the running of the operation while Martin fished commercially. The whole fruit growing operation also involved strawberries and raspberries. Christine was also called the "Bean Queen" of the area in the 1940's because of her vast fields of green beans grown for the local cannery.
Our beloved Jim & Muriel have been the heart & soul of Erickson's Orchard since taking it over in 1954. 3 years later they purchased the Olaf Selfor's farm where they reside today. Jim has also fished commercially & Muriel was employed as a home economics teacher at the Bayfield High School for 29 years. They have raised a family & together they have kept the farm growing & expanding. The Orchard, now numbering over 3500 trees, has expanded to include newer varieties of apples and pears. Muriel has since turned the country store & bakery over to 2 of her daughters
Cindy Nourse & Beth erickson.
Jim passed last october of what would of been apple festival sunday. we miss him terribly but we are committed to carrying on the wonderful family farm!
Fred Erickson, Jim & Muriel's only son & his wife Julie, took over the orchard part of the business in 2014. Fred retired from his Bayfield County job & felt it was time to carry on the tradition. Jim taught him everything he knew & Fred & Julie have added new & exciting things & continues to expand on keeping the family tradition alive & thriving!
Fred & Julie's son, Jeremy will be the 4th generation some years down the road. He is currently employed with the US Forest Service.