By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 23, 2021 at 7:01 AM Photography: Andy Tarnoff

Getting out for fresh air and fun is particularly important this autumn, which makes apple picking an ideal adventure for 2021. So throw on a light jacket, get a pumpkin spice latte to go (or don’t) and check out one of these farms this fall to grab a bag of crunchy, in-season apples.

Apple Holler

Apple Holler offers apple, peach and pear picking along with a gift shop, bakery and an on-site farm-to-table restaurant. Guests buy a bag for $15 to $55 and then fill it themselves with fruits of their choice. Pre-picked apples are also available. For public health reasons, wagon rides are not rolling this year, so wear comfy shoes. For more info, here’s the website.

Appleland Farm Market

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

An apple orchard and a winery? Yes, please. There’s also a gift shop and bakery specializing in gluten-free treats. Apple picking takes place on the weekends only. Go here for the low-down.

Barthel Fruit Farm

Apples, apples and more apples are available at Barthel for self-picking or to buy by the bag for those who’d rather not wander into the orchards. There’s also a gift shop and market on site. Open seven days a week, 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. For all the deets, go here.

The Elegant Farmer

Visit The Elegant Farmer any weekend in September and October for apple picking and shopping. The famous “Apple Pie In A Bag” is a must-try for pie enthusiasts. Train rides are also available on the East Troy Electric Railroad train. More info right here.


This “old fashioned” orchard is located on a rural farm filled with apples, raspberries and pumpkins. Discover all the deets here.

Jacobson Orchards

Pick your own apples or buy them already-picked from the retail store. There’s also a corn maze this year, opening at the end of September. Get the full scoop here.

Jelli’s Farm

Pre-picked apples are available daily in the store, and apple picking is offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. Peaches, pears and plums also available when in season. Find out more here.

The Orchard Store

Apple picking and an extra-massive sunflower patch await at The Orchard Store, celebrating its 75th season in business. Hours and pricing available here.

Peck & Bushel

Peck & Bushel is an organic farm celebrating its 10th anniversary this season. Picking takes place 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

OnMilwaukee's Andy Tarnoff calls it a "wonderful, low-key experience." Find out more here.

Rim’s Edge

This orchard has 20 apple varieties that are ripe for your picking pleasure (or will be soon!), 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.