Do you feel that chill in the air? Fall is upon us, and nothing spells Autumn like apple picking in the fresh, open air. Here are some nearby places to choose from.
5454 County Road Q, Colgate, WI 53017
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., through mid-October, or until apples are sold out.
W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121
Pick-your-own starts Sept. 18, Saturdays and Sundays only.
Off the beaten path in a beautiful country setting, Apple Barn has 13 different apple varieties to choose from. Pick-your-own apples are available on a “pay per bag” basis, so you only have to pay for what you’re going to pick. The store is open Tuesday through Sunday, but pick-your-own is only offered on Saturdays and Sundays this year. There is no entrance to the orchard or pumpkin patch on weekdays. Follow the orchard on social media for all the latest updates on apple variety availability.
3. Apple Holler
5006 S Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177
Open every day, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last admission sold at 4 p.m.)
This popular spot is conveniently located right off I-94 south. In addition to 30 varieties of apples, you can pick your own peaches, pears and pumpkins on the 78-acre family farm. They also have a Farm Park that includes plenty of fun kids’ activities, including a corn maze, giant slide, corn box, straw mountain, and goats at the Golden Goat Bridge, plus pony rides and pedal carts on the weekends. Grab a hearty breakfast or lunch at the Red Barn Café, and don’t forget to swing by the Country Store for a refreshing apple cider slushie!
8081 S. 100th St., Franklin, WI 53132
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
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This orchard is smaller than the others, without the bells and whistles (or crowds). A family-owned business, their varieties include Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Gala, Gingergold, Zestar and Cortland. In the bakery you’ll find homemade apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple turnovers and caramel apples, plus apple cider by the pint and half gallon. Bring cash or checks, as they don’t accept credit.
12246 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI 53097
Open daily, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Pick your own entrance closes at 5:30 p.m.)
This farm is a well-oiled pick-your-own machine in a pretty country setting. Not only can you pick apples, but you can also pick-your-own pumpkins and pears. Pick your own apple prices are $17 for a peck bag, or $27 for a half bushel. There’s also a corn maze and a bakery food truck that serves up apple cider donuts, apple streusel muffins, apple cinnamon scones, mini pumpkin cheesecakes, mini apple crisp, apple cider slush and more! Moms and dads will love the beer garden, open from noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
1545 Main St., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Your kids will love the smiley face barn that welcomes you to the popular Autumn Harvest Fest (Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 24). In addition to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, there are wagon rides, pony rides, a corn maze and more. To make your day extra special, ride the East Troy Electric Train from the historic depot directly to the Elegant Farmer. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged in the orchard, and masks are required in the indoor market.
W220N10540 Amy Belle Rd., Germantown, WI 53022
Pick Your Own Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rim’s Edge offers more than 20 apple varieties, and honey that is made onsite by their resident bees. The store also stocks maple syrup, fresh apple cider, frozen cider pops and caramel apples. Head over to their website to find a full ripening schedule and detailed guide to each variety.
N5648 S. Farmington Rd., Helenville, WI 53137
U-pick available on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays
Photo Credit: Instagram, @jellisfarmmarket
See also: Westons’ Antique Apple Orchard
19760 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146
While you’re not able to pick-your-own apples from the antique trees, you can take your children on an orchard tour of this fascinating place, located adjacent to the New Berlin Historical Park.
Don’t miss AppleFest on the first Sunday of October each year. It features lots of family-friendly fun, including barrel trains, pioneer homes to tour, apple cider making, pumpkin decorating, corn shelling and more old-fashioned fun!
This family-owned orchard is owned by Ken Weston. The farm began in 1936 when his grandfather planted apples over 11 acres. They planted varieties that were prevalent in the 1930s but are now antiques. Some varieties go all the way back to 300 AD. According to Ken, some don’t even taste like apples.
The oldest active orchard in Waukesha County (1901), Westons’ has more than 600 trees and 100+ varieties. This historic property looks exactly the way it did in the 1930s, and it’s on the National Register of Historic Landscapes.
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