Where to Go Apple Picking In Our Area This Year

This year, we’ve rounded up eight orchards that are a 40-minute drive or less from Milwaukee.

WITH FALL WEATHER HERE TO STAY, it’s about that time of year where us city folks pack up the car and make the trek out to an apple orchard to pick our yearly quota of fresh apples. Consider this list your guide to orchards within a 35-minute drive or less from Milwaukee. Less driving means more time to pick apples, be outside in the fresh fall air and spend quality-time with your apple-picking people.


1. “R” Apples

30 MINUTE DRIVE

Off the grid digitally, this farm and orchard’s existence is spread primarily by word of mouth. Beyond apples, there are fresh vegetables, grapes and more to pick yourself any day of the week. Reviews boast low prices, great options and lots of fun.

12422 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI 53097; Monday-Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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2. Barthel Fruit Farm

30 MINUTE DRIVE

Not only does Barthel Fruit Farm currently have a wide and changing variety of apples to pick yourself, but they also are offering plum picking and a beer garden! You can check their website for the apple selection currently available for picking, or you can just show up and enjoy the surprise!

12246 N Farmdale Rd., Mequon, WI 53097; Open all week 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3. Orchard Store at Old Homestead

35 MINUTE DRIVE

According to their website, the Old Homestead orchard has had “U-pick” apple picking for 75 seasons. They offer a large variety of apples as well as sunflowers and pears to pick as well. You can visit their website for their extensive apple information guide too, so there’s no confusion about which apples will make the best pie!

7814 Raynor Ave., Franksville, WI 53126; U-Pick Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. The Elegant Farmer

40 MINUTE DRIVE

As part of their annual Harvest Fest, the Elegant farmer has apple picking, hayrides, a corn maze and more every weekend until Oct. 25. Stop by and see the smiling barn, ride out to the beautiful orchards and pick from the large variety of apples for a fun-filled day.

1545 Main St., Mukwonago, WI 53149; Apple Picking Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 25; Market open all week 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

5. Rim’s Edge Orchard

40 MINUTE DRIVE

After apple picking at Rim’s Edge Orchard, you can grab a “sack” of their apple cider donuts according to their Facebook page. Each week in the months of September and October, they have different apples available, ensuring that no matter when you go, you’ll have lots of apples to choose from!

W220 N 10540 Amy Belle Rd., Germantown, WI 53022; Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

6. Peck & Bushel

40 MINUTES

This organic apple orchard has been family owned and operated since 2010. Most weekends it is open for you to pick some of the 25 different types of apples that they offer throughout the season. While you’re there, you can grab some freshly pressed cider and delicious apple treats as well!

Open Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Honorable Mentions

(No pick-your-own this year, but still great apples!)

7. Patterson Orchards

25 MINUTE DRIVE

Open all week, Patterson Orchards is a farmers market that offers fresh apples, apple cider, apple cider popsicles, apple cider donuts (made daily) and more. While this orchard does not currently allow for apple-picking, it has a huge selection of produce and products.

4607 S 124th St., New Berlin, WI 53151; Open all week, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

8. Auntie Evie’s Apple Orchard

30 MINUTE DRIVE

Apples and plums and pears – oh my! And that’s just some of the huge selection Auntie Evie’s has to offer. This year there is no apple picking available, but there is grape picking (something new to try!), and the store is open.

18900 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Brianna Schubert is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is studying journalism, psychology and Spanish and is in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.