Schwallier’s Country Basket

Schwallier’s Country Basket

Key Personnel:

Schwallier’s Country Basket is operated by Phil and Judy Schwallier.

Location:

1185 9 Mile Rd
Sparta, MI

Farm History:

The current operation is a combination of two apple-growing families. Phil’s family has been growing apples on the Ridge area for many generations, and Phil and Judy now run the orchards previously operated by Phil’s father. Judy’s parents, Carl and Eleanor May, also grew apples. This farm is now also run by Phil and Judy.

Varieties Grown:

Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Empire, McIntosh, Ginger Gold, Jonathan, Jonagold and Granny Smith.

Items of Interest:

Phil and Judy are re-planting their orchards with popular varieties such as Honeyscrisp and Gala. Their new growing’s are being made with dwarfing rootstocks and are spaced much closer together than in the past. All new orchards are supported by a trellis system of posts and wires to support the smaller trees and their shallow roots. All new trees are irrigated using a trickle system that delivers a low volume of water right in the root zone of the tree.