Mukwonago -- Coming off a year in which they lost more than 90 percent of their apple crop the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago says they're on pace to make up for last years losses.
"So far it's been quite busy and we have a wonderful crop of apples this year," co-owner Keith Schmidt said.
Last year was one of the worst years on record for the apple crop.
"Last year it was a down year and it was a struggle."
An early warm-up followed by a cool down hit them hard. Not as many people came out which cut into market sales too.
"A lot of the orchards east of the Mississippi lost all their apples."
This year is different. The weather cooperated for much of the year - in some ways making up for last years loss. It also brought people back in full force.
"We got some Macintosh, Golden Delicious, Cortland's," Kristan Ata said. "We just picked them off the tree. Whatever tasted good."
"Our favorite is the Cortland, so I have all Cortland," Mary Trzebny said.
Perfect weather as the season changes to fall brought out hundreds. Most already know what they're using the crop for.
"We make homemade apple sauce," Trzebny said. "I make homemade apple pies."
"Apple crisp, apple pie, apple dumplings, apple cake," Ata said.
As apples rebound this year, pumpkins are taking a plunge.
"Our crop of pumpkins to be honest with you isn't the greatest," Schmidt said.
Schmidt says they alternate each year with pumpkins, but they'll have enough to satisfy your fall decoration and pumpkin pie needs though.
The Elegant Farmer plans to stay open through late October continuing with apple picking. Of course, it's always weather dependent.