8 Places To Go Apple Picking Around Milwaukee (2021)

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.

1. Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Co.

5454 County Road Q, Colgate, WI 53017
(414) 418-0336
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., through mid-October, or until apples are sold out.

Ready for organic, homegrown apples? Peck & Bushel has you covered. They now have over 30,000 trees and more than 25 organic apple varieties to choose from. They also serve up homemade apple cider doughnuts and freshly pressed organic apple cider every weekend, plus delicious delights at their bakery, Peck & Bushel Baking Company. Enjoy your day in the country on the picturesque grounds, or at the barn-side patio.

2. Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 728-3266
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
(262) 884-7100
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!

4. Awe’s Apple Orchard

8081 S. 100th St., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-1426
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

Photo Credit: Instagram, @carolines_feeds_

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.

5. Barthel Fruit Farm

12246 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 242-2737
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.

6. Elegant Farmer

1545 Main St., Mukwonago, WI 53149
(262) 363-6770
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

toddler boy eating an apple at the Elegant Farmer orchard Mukwonago Wisconsin

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.

7. Rim’s Edge Orchard

W220N10540 Amy Belle Rd., Germantown, WI 53022
(262) 509-0090
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.

8. Jelli’s Market

N5648 S. Farmington Rd., Helenville, WI 53137
(262) 593-5133
U-pick available on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays

Photo Credit: Instagram, @jellisfarmmarket
Up for a drive? Check out Jelli’s Market in Helenville, WI. Not only can you pick your own apples, but you can also pick your own raspberries, pumpkins, gourds and squash. Peaches, pears and plums are available in August. Kids will love the free fall activities: a selfie scavenger hunt, lawn games (Connect 4, Jenga, corn bag toss, pumpkin checkers, tic-tac-toe), corn box, amazing race, and Angry Birds For Real slingshot game. Take a ride around the farm on the Berry Blue Barrel Train ($1 per ride on the weekends).

See also: Westons’ Antique Apple Orchard

19760 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146
(262) 679-1862

Westons' Antique Apple Orchard, New Berlin, Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Instagram, @winklebleck

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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