School is starting soon, which is always the first sign that Fall is around the corner. To our family that means it is apple picking time and fresh apple cider and flannel and crisp, cool nights. I know it’s hard to imagine with 80 degree days, but it’s time for apple picking in Lake Country and South Eastern Wisconsin! How about you?
Apple picking is a great way to get outside yet this fall and stay in your own space, while grabbing fresh, local fruit! Plus, there are so many local varieties to try as the season goes on – make a goal with your family to try at least 3 different varieties of apples!
Here is a round up of verified farms that have u-pick (or you-pick) apples. Orchards open their you pick (u-pick or PYO) all at different times. Please check the website link and verify that there are still apples left to be picked, and/or the season is open, before you drive all the way there and learn that there are none left!
Go out and make some fabulous memories with the ones you love! We hope you enjoy our South East Wisconsin Apple Picking Guide.
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Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company’s apple season at Wisconsin’s largest certified organic apple orchard!
Peck & Bushel announces the 2021 apple season opening!
Pick Your Own and pre-picked organic apples will be available along with our onsite pressed Organic cider, apple cider doughnuts, homemade bakery onsite and a huge gourmet food and home décor selection!
Apple season begins Saturdays and Sundays starting August 21st and 22nd from 10am – 4pm through mid-October
Peck & Bushel Fruit Company
5454 County Road Q, Colgate, WI 53017 (Town of Erin)
Located about 30 miles northwest of Milwaukee
The orchard is a great place to spend time with family and friends, enjoy splendid grounds with farm country vistas and take home some certified organically grown Wisconsin-grown apples.
Hope to see you at the orchard!
Lake Country Family Fun enjoyed our apple picking experience last fall at Peck and Bushel. See our fun on Facebook HERE.
15 SE WISCONSIN U-Pick APPLE ORCHARDS:
1. PECK & BUSHEL – Colgate 414-418-0336
Apple season begins Saturdays and Sundays starting August 21st and 22nd from 10am – 4pm through mid-October. Their organic orchard, celebrating their 11th season, is “pick your own”. Also head back to the apple barn for pre-picked organic apples along with their onsite pressed Organic cider, apple cider doughnuts, homemade bakery onsite and a huge gourmet food and home décor selection! Follow them on FACEBOOK for what’s ripe and more!
2. THE ELEGANT FARMER – Mukwonago 262-363-6770
The Elegant Farmer offers a family fun on farm experience Saturdays and Sundays September 11 – Oct 24 from 10-5pm. Everyone is welcome with free admission to the orchard to pick from 12 varieties of apples right from the tree or selecting the prefect pumpkins from the patch. Enjoy beautiful fall colors aboard a tractor-pulled hayride, pony ride or train ride. Pick up a famous “Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag.” The East Troy Electric Railroad’s turn-of-the-century train departs from and returns to The Elegant Farmer Depot. Try their 5-acres, family-friendly farm scene corn maze. While visiting, indulge with their delicious specialty foods including cider, make-your-own caramel apple, cider donuts, pulled pork and chili and more. Hope to see you in the orchard! Note: Their Market is open everyday 9 am to 6 pm and their online store is open 24/7.
3. APPLELAND FARM MARKET – Fredonia 262 692-2560
Fun for the whole family! Appleland Farm Market has many varieties of apples, both U-Pick and Pre-Picked. They have pumpkins of all sizes (mini to giant) with wagon rides to the pumpkin patch. Continue the fun with a playground for the kids featuring an old fashioned tractor, sand tire pyramid and horse swings. They offer a picnic area overlooking the orchards and beautiful countryside. They will be offering U-Pick apples throughout the season starting August 20th with Paula Reds. McIntosh will be available for picking Sept 10th and U-Pick Honeycrisp will be available over two weekends 9/4-9/5 and 9/18-9/19. Appleland Farm Market will be holding their annual Fall Festival Sept 18 & 19. They are open daily in-season. Sun-Wed 10-5 and Thu-Sat 9-6. Follow on Facebook. They also have a corn maze and will have a field of sunflowers that should be in bloom in mid September.
4. BARTHEL FRUIT FARM – Mequon 262-242-2737
Both pick your own and pre-picked apples go from Sept 3 -October. Per their social, “We will be opening the farm for the season starting on September 3rd… with Paula Reds” Pre-picked apples will be available through November. Their hours are 7 days a week 9am to 6pm. If doing pick your own apples, one must arrive by 5:30 pm at the latest. Pick your own apple price is $17 for a peck bag (about 10 pounds) or $27 for a 1/2 bushel bag (about 20 pounds). We do not have an entrance fee, however if you are going into the orchard you must pay for everything that you pick. They are having an Oktoberfest celebration on September 25th and 26th. They have a beer garden 12-6 Fridays – Sundays and market as well.
5. APPLE BARN ORCHARD AND WINERY – Elkhorn 262-728-3266
Apple picking lasts 6-7 weekends generally starting in mid- September. Per their social, ” Apple season 2021 starts after Labor Day.” Open Friday thru Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday 12-4. Please no pets. Follow updates on their FACEBOOK PAGE.
6. SUTTER’S RIDGE ORCHARD – Mt. Horeb 608-832-6445
Sutter’s Ridge Farm is open Thurs – Sunday, 10am-5pm through October. The farm will open Thursday August 19th with pre-picked and U-pick Apples! They have 25 different varieties, with ripening dates from Mid-August thru October to supply you with delicious apples thru the full autumn season. The Corn Maze and Activity Area are $5 each (2 and under are free) and will be open seasonally. No pets allowed.
7. APPLE HOLLER – Sturtevant 262-884-7100
Orchard is open! Apple Holler is a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard and family farm, with pick your own apples, peaches, and pears. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including orchard and farm tours, hayrides, sleigh rides and barnyard animals. Serving breakfast and lunch daily in the rustic and charming Red Barn restaurant. Apple Holler is a perfect indoor/outdoor wedding venue and agritourism destination. Their family farm is conveniently located between Milwaukee and Chicago right off Interstate I-94 at exit 337. Apple Holler’s ag-venture is for the kid in all of us and is always growing! For more details, please visit their website, www.appleholler.com , or call 262-884-7100. As of August 10, 2021, “We are currently picking: Zestar, Viking, Jersey Mac, and Paula Red apples! Picking is available every day from 9am-4pm, with the last picking bag sold at 3pm.”
8. DOOR CREEK ORCHARD – Cottage Grove 608-838-4762
Official orchard opening Saturday, 8/28. Head to their web page “What’s Ripe” for most up to date status. Tom and Gretchen Griffith of Door Creek Orchard grow 88 varieties of apples, modern and heirloom. Pears, grapes, and fresh apple cider are also available. All produce is sustainably grown with TLC and the absolute minimum of chemicals. They do have a short nature trail that winds through part of the wetland, and you may visit the sheep (they are friendly!).
9. JELLI’S FARM – Helenville 262-593-5133
They will have apple picking on Saturday, August 21 from 9 am to 5 pm. They will be allowing upick in their Zestar, Sunrise, and Red Free varieties. Please note they only allow for upick apples on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays and Sundays. They do have apples for sale in their farm store during the week.
They will allow for apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm, and on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 5 pm. The farm store hours currently open daily 7 am to 7 pm. They have lots of other produce available in the farm store, including sweet corn, grapes, tomatoes, zucchini, and more!
10. THE APPLEBERRY FARM – Cross Plains 608-798-2780
Established in 1975, Appleberry Farm has grown to be a local favorite for fresh-picked apples and delicious cider in the Fall. Ready to pick apples September through end of October. Fall apple and pumpkin season starts Labor Day, so through Sept-Oct we are open Mon-Thurs mornings 9am-Noon, and Friday, Sat, Sun all day 9am – 5pm. PLEASE NOTE: They use a reservations system to ensure safe parking and reduce lines & wait times. So many apples! Easy picking! They have fresh cider. Cash is much preferred- credit cards accepted but it slows the line. They allow well-behaved dogs on a leash and of course clean up after.
11. RIM’S EDGE ORCHARD – Germantown 262-509-0090
Come to Rim’s Edge Orchard to start your own family tradition of picking the freshest, tastiest apple varieties right from the tree. In addition to the more than 20 apple varieties, they also have several pre-picked varieties, honey, maple syrup, Dutch apple pies, and apple cider donuts available in the store. Orchard store opens mid/ late August, Pick Your Own is available Friday through Sunday, this weekend (8/28) through October.
12. EPLEGAARDEN– Fitchburg (608) 845-5966
Eplegaarden is an old fashioned orchard featuring selv plukk (U-Pick) apples, raspberries and pumpkins for lots of old fashion rural farm fun right in Fitchburg, WI. Update on 8/13, “We are open! Come out for Zestar! And PaulaRed picking. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9-noon.” Check their website and Facebook often for updates to what crops are ready to pick and in our farm store.
13. Jacobson Orchards – Waterford (414) 303-6086
JACOBSON ORCHARDS WILL OPEN AUGUST 21ST & 22ND FOR THE 2021 SEASON! Jacobson Orchards offers over 40 varieties throughout the apple season. They offer many heirloom varieties, as well as today’s most popular! Jacobson Orchards retail store is open Thursdays thru Sundays 9:30 to 5. Pick your own apples on Saturdays and Sundays. Pick your own Pumpkins each weekend in October. They have a corn maze, opening the end of September. Their retail store and bakery offers fresh made apple cider donuts, homemade pies, turnovers, cookies and other treats. They offer raw cider and pasteurized cider. They have over 50 apple varieties throughout the season in store. They have Fall and Christmas decor in store. Customers can checkout their website and Facebook for current in store apple varieties and pick your own apple varieties.
14. THE ORCHARD STORE – Franksville 262-895-6747
Opening weekend will be September 4th and 5th for their 76th season! After that they will be open throughout the fall with apple picking. New varieties open up for picking each weekend during September and October. This year they planted an EXTRA LARGE SUNFLOWER PATCH, which will be blooming mid-September. This year they have an EIGHT ACRE Sunflower Maze planted just for you. With grain sandboxes, ride-on toys, repurposed farm equipment climbers, and a poultry zoo we are a complete outdoor destination for all.
Pack a lunch for a picnic at provided tables or pick up fresh brats topped with Chow Chow and shop the Orchard Store for handmade, Wisconsin fare.
15. GIERARCH ORCHARD – Mequon(262) 674-4428
They are a family owned and operated farm! Their goal is to provide the public with high quality fruit and a family-friendly picking experience. They are excited to offer pick-your-own daily throughout the fall. Gierach Orchards will open fully for the season Saturday, August 28th! They will be starting with pick-your-own Paula Reds and sunflowers. We will also have pre-picked apple varieties, bouquets, maple syrup, beef, and apple cider available in the barn! Hours: Saturday- 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday- 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday- 9:00am-5:00pm. Their farm store has apple pies, syrup from their farm, local honey, beef and more! This year, they will also be selling and taking orders for pasture-raised turkey.
Note: Nieman Orchards in Cedarburg closed in 2019.