In-cider information on your local apple orchards
Apple season is upon us, and hardcore harvest fans will be heading to local orchards in droves. To make your next weekend trip a little easier, we’ve listed our favorite sellers here. These orchards are truly the apple of our eye.
Apple Ridge Orchard & Vineyard
47418 240th Ave., Mazeppa
What you’ll find: Fall fun at Apple Ridge includes “u-pick” apples, grapes and pumpkins, corn mazes, and yes - daily wagon rides. Because who wants to schlep a crate of apples all the way back to your car? Our ‘picks’ for this weekend, based on estimated picking dates on the website, are HoneyCrisp (for noshing) or Cortland (for pies!).
Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Fun fact: Visit alpacas, baby goats, and peacocks in the animal barnyard area.
Cost: $7 for an adult day pass, or $3 for children.
3415 Collegeview Rd. E, Rochester
What you’ll find: Take a scenic wagon ride out to the you-pick corner of the orchard and get going. Access to the orchard requires an apple bag purchase, but after that, you can fill your sack with any variety in the orchard (call ahead for specific varieties).
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
Fun fact: Sekapp Orchard offers more than 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables, as well as products like local honey and cider (yes, you want to grab a gallon on the way out).
Cost: Apple bag prices range from $6 to $35.
Northwoods Orchard and Berry Farm
8018 75th Ave. NW, Oronoco
What you’ll find: If you get tired of picking apples here, no worries; There are plenty of other activities to enjoy such as the petting zoo, corn maze, wagon rides and more.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Open weekdays as well in October.
Fun fact: Strawberries were the main crop at Northwoods for 10 years while the orchard’s apple trees matured.
Cost: Contact the orchard at the phone number above for pricing.
28085 County Rd. 25, Elgin
What you’ll find: The 40 acres of Wescott apples have been a family business for decades, having started in the early ’70s with close to 5,000 trees. Right now, Riverbell, Sweet Tango, and Honeycrisp apples are the most popular, according to the orchard.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Fun fact: Wescott Orchards doesn’t offer you-pick apples -- instead, stop into the store for bags of pre-picked produce.
Cost: Bag prices range from $10 to $16, depending on the variety of apple chosen.