The Apple Barn Story


Immigrating from Oslo Norway, Jacob and Maren Brensetre had the original farm homestead back in 1848. Their son Ole adopted “Jacobson” as his American name and built a farmhouse after serving in the civil war around 1865, which has been in the family for six generations. One of the first things they built on the homestead was a brick smokehouse that is still standing today. It was a vital part of farm life where neighbors helped each other by getting together and butchering their hogs. Using cast iron kettles filled with 157 degree water they cleaned and repurposed almost every part of the hog. Those antique cast iron kettles can be seen today peppered around the flower garden near the historic farmhouse. Through the years the smokehouse had a slow burning fire that added the distinct hickory smoke flavor to the sausages, hams and bacons to preserve the meat by smoking them. The historic smokehouse stands as a landmark and symbol of Ole Jacobson’s life vision that he has passed down from generation to generation.

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At the Apple Barn fresh picked apples are available in our seasonal orchard store, fresh picked off the trees or on the weekends you can venture out to the orchard and pick your own (starting September 19, 2015).   Pick from over… Read More

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Experience the fun and joy of walking the straw covered rows and picking strawberries fresh off the plant. Or we offer the convenience of fresh picked berries in our cold storage room ready to purchase in our country… Read More

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Pumpkins of every size and shape are at the Apple Barn Orchard & Winery. Walk the paths around the fields, enjoying the crisp fall weather with a radio flyer wagon in tow. Looking for that unique pumpkin that’s… Read More

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