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 apple orchards even offer additional features like fresh apple donuts, playgrounds, and more! These are our favorite Apple Orchards in the Milwaukee Area:
Please be aware that we are still dealing with changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consult your local public health authority for social distancing recommendations and call ahead to confirm hours and offerings of any business or organization listed as well as any specific safety protocols you’ll need to be aware of prior to your visit.
Our Favorite Milwaukee Apple Orchards
Barthel Fruit Farm – Mequon
Dates: Opening for the season on September 3rd! Pick your own apples is 7 days a week starting September-October from 9 am-6 pm. Starting in November, their hours will change. 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, Honey Crisp, and Red and Golden Delicious.
Elegant Farmer – Mukwonago
Dates: September 11 – October 24, 2021, Market is open 7 days a week, but orchard is open weekends only from 10 am – 5 pm.
Cost: Admission and parking are free. Additional cost for other activities varies.
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 28th and 29th, 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’s Taste of Country – Colgate
- Apple and Sunflower Fest (Sept 9th-12th), Thursday & Friday Sept. 9th&10th: 3pm – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday Sept. 11th&12th: 10am – 7pm
- Pumpkin Fest (Sept 18th – Oct 31st), Weekday Hours: 1:30pm – 5:30pm, Weekend Hours: 10am – 5:30pm
Cost: General Admission is $12.99 + tax (weekdays) and $14.99 + tax (weekends) (Additional cost for pumpkins, pony rides, and apple blasters) Children under 2 years are Free. **Basse’s has gone CASHLESS!
Apple & Sunflower Fest: $13.95 per person, (Under age 2 FREE), Includes – 1/4 peck bag of U-pick apples, Sunflower Maze, Zinnia walk through, Grain Train Ride
Description: This place will satisfy all ages as there are a plethora of things to do! U-Pick apples during Apple & Sunflower Fest only. Pre-picked available all season. They have 35+ fun fall activities that the entire family can enjoy. Fall decorations and produce are also available.