When fall begins, we all start to crave the flavors of the season, including pumpkin and, of course, all things APPLE! Going apple picking at one of these amazing Milwaukee Apple Orchards can be a wonderful family activity that is both affordable and fun. Many area orchards even offer additional features like fresh apple donuts, playgrounds, and more! These are our favorite Apple Orchards in the Milwaukee Area:
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Our Favorite Milwaukee Apple Orchards
Barthel Fruit Farm – Mequon
Dates: Pick your own apples is 7 days a week starting September-October from 9 am-6 pm. Starting in November, their hours will change from 9 am-5 pm. Please check their website Labor Day weekend for updates and their COVID safety precautions. Call 262-242-2737 before you head there.
Cost: Varies. After you pick and load your apples into your car, exit the farm through the handy “drive-thru” window, where your produce will be weighed and priced.
Description: One of my family’s favorites places to pick our own fruit! It’s pretty laid-back, and the fruit never disappoints. The farm offers both pre-picked and pick-your-own apples; varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, and Red and Golden Delicious.
Elegant Farmer – Mukwonago
Dates: Autumn Harvest Festival Saturdays & Sundays Only
September 12 – October 25, 2020, 10 am-5 pm
Description: Elegant Farmer features 12 varieties of apples for picking, and its “Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag” is so good, it beat Bobby Flay’s fried creation on a previous episode of Throwdown. Look for this famous treat and sample other yummy homemade specialties after you pick your own fruit fresh from the orchard.
Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company – Colgate
Dates: Season opens August 23 and 24, and runs through early October. Weekends only; open from 10 am – 4 pm. Call 414-418-0336 for details.
Description: Established in 2010, Peck & Bushel now offers more than 17 organic apple varieties throughout the growing season. You can also find fresh-pressed cider, caramel apples, and other treats at the apple barn.
Basse Country Delight – Muskego
Dates: Open Tuesday – Friday from 8 am – 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 4 pm. Call 414-422-0315 for picking availability.
Description: Already picked bags of apples available including Honey Crisp and other varieties, feed the goats and chickens, and enjoy famous homemade apple cider donuts! The farm also sells seasonal decorations, handcrafted items, honey, maple syrup, jelly, and jam.