It’s already September and apple-picking season is officially upon us! Oh, you’re already booked up this month? No worries, because the best is yet to come! Apple picking season lasts for a good two months. Why? Because orchards often release apple varietals in phases.
Below is a list of great U-pick apple orchards, which are also the closest in proximity to the North Shore area.This list is going to save you so much time because there are dozens of apple orchards in Illinois and Wisconsin. When you go be sure to leave some room for those fresh off the press donuts, apple cider and perhaps an apple cider milk shake depending on where you go. Some U-pick orchards also have U-pick pumpkins (beginning late September)!
- Be sure to call or check the orchard’s website for up-to-date picking information.
- Avoid wearing extra perfumes, I highly recommend it because where there are apples, there are a few bees here and there.
- It may be a warm day but do wear close-toed shoes! Some of those apples on the ground are well into the decomposing process (ew!)
- Bring cash! Most u-pick orchards are cash only
- You’re welcome!
Harvest Time Orchards (a personal favorite but alas, NO u-pick apples for 2019 season, insert sad emoji here):
36116 128th St.
Twin Lakes, WI 53181
Cool features: The secret is out about this no-fuss drive-up, u-pick apples (not for 2019) AND pumpkins (yes for 2019).
So, why still pay a visit? YES, there will be u-pick pumpkins starting end of September! Hay rides, donut Shop (seriously ah-mazing donuts), Country Smoke House, The Cider Barn, The Brat Shop, The Sweet Shop, farm animals (not a petting zoo) including turkeys that I swear talk back to you if you can muster up a turkey noise 🙂 Lastly, it’s pretty close the all areas North Shore.
3709 Miller Rd.
Cool features: Besides being a great u-pick apple farm, they are also home to u-pick raspberries, green beans, peppers, and sunflowers, depending on availability. And tomatoes may still be available due the late tomato season this year. There are loads of special events going on all fall and you’ll have to go to their Facebook page to stay up-to-date. PLUS a petting zoo, corn maze, giant slides, hay rides, and a large variety of unique attractions. Their fall festival Shades of Autumn is a harvest time extravaganza featuring 30+ farm-related attractions, pumpkin picking, special events, great food and lots of fun.
5006 South Sylvania Ave
Sturtevant, WI 53177
Cool features: Apple Holler has everything from u-pick apples to loads of children’s entertainment. Kids love it, adults not so much as it can get very crowded. Be sure to carve out a half-day excursion to this orchard, which features a farm-to-table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, orchard, farm tours, hay rides, children’s programs, harvest moon hayrides, and barnyard animals to visit. Apple Holler features programing year-round, almost 365 days/year!
Brightonwoods Orchard (okay okay so this one is NOT a u-pick apple orchard but…)
1072 288th Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105
Cool features: Brightonwoods Orchard features a real two-story treehouse for the kiddos to explore, forested walking trails, cider, Wisconsin cheese, award winning caramel apple pie, apples, gourds, squash, honey, jams, jellies, AeppelTreow Winery & Distillery, a separate on-site business, that produces small batch cider, perry and spirits and Glas All Naturals products. A beautifully serene background, bring your family photographer for some truly unforgettable family photos!
1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151
Cool features: U-pick apple orchard, pumpkin farm, tractor-train rides, corn maze, pig races, tractor-tire mountain, haunted forest, farm animals, hay wagon rides and more!
Heinz Orchard (open FRIDAYS ONLY for the 2019 u-pick season)
1050 Crest Road (corner of Atkinson & Crest)
Green Oaks, IL 60048
Due to flooding damage to another fabulous apple orchard the season at the beloved Heinz Orchard is very limited. Be sure to check the website for the most current picking information.
Cool features: Not only this the closest u-pick apple orchard to the North Shore area, it’s also a perfect no frills apple picking orchard. Just drive up, pick your bushels and head home for some good ‘ole fashion apple pie baking, strudel-making, jam cooking and munching fun!
All Seasons Orchard (Woodstock, IL about 1 hour west Deerfield, IL)
14510 IL Route 176
Woodstock, IL 60098
Why it’s worth the drive (and it is): u-pick apples, pumpkin patch, barnyard, local market featuring apple cider donuts, kettle corn, fudge and caramel made from scratch, of course apple pies, local honeys, sauces There is also a 10-acre corn maze featuring over 3 miles of pathways for the enthusiast or 2 short paths to tackle with the wee ones. And, not to miss is the barn – with activities like jumping pillow (I have no idea what that is but it sounds too fun to miss), giant rooster, mini zip-line and more!
Check out PickYourOwn.org for a really great resource on U-pick seasonal produce, from strawberries to green beans, a complete list of U-pick orchards in Illinois and Wisconsin, canning and freezing instructions and much more! You’re welcome!