By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 02, 2022 at 2:31 PM Photography: Andy Tarnoff

Autumn fun is here which means it's time for apple picking. So throw on a light jacket, get a pumpkin spice latte to-go (or don’t) and check out one of these farms.

Check the websites or social media pages (linked in copy below) for the latest information about which apple varieties are ripe and ready.

Apple Holler
Sturtevant

Apple Holler is now open for apple picking! The family-fun zone also has a gift shop, bakery, on-site farm-to-table restaurant, corn maze and more. Pre-picked apples are also available. For more info, here’s the website.

Appleland Farm Market
Fredonia

At Appleland, customers can pick their own or buy bags of already-picked apples. There’s also a playground, pumpkin patch, farmers market and more. Go here for more info.

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery
Elkhorn

Pick-you-own apples season starts Saturday, Sept. 17 at Apple Barn Orchard and Winery. Pay by the bag. Go here for the low-down.

Barthel Fruit Farm
Mequon

Barthel has Paula Red apples only this year. But there's also an on-site bakery and corn maze starting Saturday, Sept. 3. Open seven days a week for the season. Go here for more info.

Door Creek Orchard
Cottage Grove

Pick apples, walk on nature trails and hang out with sheep at this orchard just an hour from Milwaukee. Starting Saturday, Sept. 3 the hours are Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For all the deets, go here.

The Elegant Farmer
Mukwonago

The Elegant Farmer market is open daily, but the apple picking runs Saturday,  Sept. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 23. The famous “Apple Pie In A Bag” is a must-try for pie enthusiasts. More info right here.

Epelgaarden
Fitchburg

This “old fashioned” orchard is located on a rural farm filled with apples, raspberries and pumpkins. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More info here.

Jacobson Orchards
Waterford

Pick your own apples or buy them already-picked from the retail store. Apple picking takes place Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get the full scoop here.

Jelli’s Market
Helenville

Pre-picked apples are available daily in the store, and family apple picking is offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons starting Thursday, Sept. 1. Find out more here.

The Orchard Store at Old Homestead
Franksville

Apple picking starts Saturday Sept. 3 at The Orchard Store, celebrating its 76th season in business. Hours and pricing available here.

Peck & Bushel
Colgate

Peck & Bushel is an organic farm with organic apple picking every weekend. There’s also an on-site market and bakery. This orchard is close to Holy Hill which is particularly beautiful this time of year. More right here.

Roesch Farm / R-Apples
Mequon

Now open for apple picking! OnMilwaukee's Andy Tarnoff calls it a "wonderful, low-key experience." Find out more here.

Rim’s Edge
Germantown

This orchard has 20 apple varieties that are ripe for your picking pleasure, along with a bakery and shop. Open Wednesday through Sunday; for more info go here.


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.