The Elm Tree Farm is a Certified Organic farm in Afton, Minnesota. We grow organic apples, pears, and plums. Although organic farming requires a little more work on our end, we wouldn’t do it any other way. It is our pleasure to produce delicious, healthy, and chemical-free fruits and contribute to the health of our environment.
In our small orchard, we grow five varieties of apples, two varieties of pears, and three varieties of plums.
We also produce honey from our local bees, and each fall, we press a blend of our certified organic apples into fresh apple cider. Delicious and complex, it is an excellent autumn treat, warm or cold. And because it is unpasteurized, it is great for fermenting into hard cider. Sold by the half gallon directly from the farm.
We choose to grow our products organically because we value high quality, nutritious, chemical-free foods. Since we eat our produce ourselves, and provide them to our families, friends and customers who share our values, we have developed an Organic System Plan (OSP) which will allow us to grow healthy foods well into the future while contributing long-term benefits to the environment.
The namesake of The Elm Tree Farm is a 100+ year old, giant Elm Tree located at the farm. It is unique among Elm Trees as it has proven to be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, a fungus that affects Elm Trees, causing destruction and death to the infected tree. Our tree is very special and we've taken care to preserve it for future generations as well as propagate it for others to enjoy.
The "St. Croix Elm" is now propagated through Bailey's Nurseries and available to order at local garden stores! For more information on the disease-resistance and history of the Elm Tree, enjoy the articles below.
"Surrounded by wooded hills and a winding stretch of country road, Chris Bliska's 40-acre property in Afton has everything a farmer might want: a red barn, three horses, an old yellow lab, an apple orchard, an apiary, a wild blackberry patch, and a beautiful lodge-style home. Save for the passing cars and the occasional thrum of farm equipment, it's as quiet and pastoral as a Robert Frost poem. Which makes the giant standing at the bottom of the driveway all the more startling"...read more
"American elms once were known for their glorious leafy canopies spreading over city streets. But after the arrival of Dutch elm disease, elms became associated with garish blaze-orange rings painted around their trunks and the buzz of chain saws. The once-beloved tree quickly fell out of favor.
Now a new disease-resistant, homegrown option — the St. Croix elm — will be available in some local garden centers this growing season, although demand is expected to outstrip supply"...read more
This year we will be open on select autumn weekends for either pick-you-own or pre-picked apples. We also offer direct sales of our apples, pears, plums, blackberries, garlic, and fresh apple cider by appointment.
We like to sell our produce close to home. If you are a food buyer for a restaurant, grocery store, institutional food service, distributor, or any other organization in the market for local, organic food, we are interested in partnering with you.
The Elm Tree Farm is located in Afton, Minnesota. If you'd like to visit, or learn more about us, call: 651-998-0507, email, or use the form below.