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.
Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
W. 6384 Sugar Creek Rd., Elkhorn, WI
What makes it unique: Beautiful country setting, off the beaten path; 13 different apple varieties.
Pick-Your-Own starts September 19, 2020
5006 S Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177 (262) 884-7100
What makes it unique: This popular spot is right off the highway, and offers apple picking, pony rides, a corn palace, and more.
Pick-Your-Own Season has begun in 2020! They ask that you maintain social distance, wash and sanitize your hands, and stay home if you are feeling ill.
Awe's Apple Orchard
8081 S. Lovers Lane (Hwy 100) , Franklin, WI 53132
What makes it unique: This Orchard is smaller than the others, without the bells & whistles, and without the crowds.
Barthel Fruit Farm
12246 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI 53097 (262) 242-2737
What makes it unique: 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 plums while they last!
1545 Main St, Mukwonago, WI 53149
What makes it unique: Your kids will love the smiley face barn that welcomes you to this popular Harvest Festival, complete with wagon rides, apple cider donuts, and more. To make your day extra special, ride the East Troy Electric Train from the historic depot directly to the Elegant Farmer.
Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company
5454 County Road Q Colgate, WI 53017
Open Saturday and Sundays from 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 over 25 organic apple varieties to choose from. They also serving up homemade apple cider doughnuts, organic apple cider pressed every weekend, and 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.
Rim's Edge Orchard
w220n10540 Amy Belle Rd, Germantown, WI 53022
What makes it unique: Rim's Edge offers more than 20 apple varieties, and honey that is made onsite by their resident bees.
Up For A Drive?
Check out Jelli's Market in Hellenville, WI. Not only can you pick your own apples, but you can also pick grapes and raspberries.
See also: Weston's Antique Apples
19760 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI
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. Orchard tours take place every Sunday, and they are open from 12:00 - 5:00.
Don't miss AppleFest the first Sunday of October each year. (2020 event TBD) It features lots of family-friendly fun, including barrel trains, pioneer homes to tour, apple cider making, square dancing in the barn, 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 1930's but are now antiques. Some varieties go all the way back to 300 AD. According to Ken, some don't even taste like apples!
This historic property looks exactly the way it did in the 1930's, and it's on the National Register of Historic Landscapes. It's the oldest active orchard in Waukesha County.
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