It’s Apple Picking Season! Everyone in Chicago knows there are no apple farms in clear sight, which is why families tend to travel for this annual fall tradition. Looking for an apple orchards near you? You’re in luck! Chicago is close to some of the best Apple Orchards and Farms in the Midwest along with some tasty apple varieties.
Apple Picking Season!
Plan your Fall 2019 family Apple Picking Adventure with the help from Pearachute. Read everything you need to know about which Orchards to check out and the best apple varieties to look out for throughout October.
7061 Centerville Rd, Poplar Grove, IL
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (815) 963-2261
Edwards Apple Orchard West has become a popular destination for families taking advantage of apple picking season. Families can enjoy everything apples have to offer this fall. From apple cider donuts, fresh apple cider, and homemade caramel apples you’ll be sure to satisfy that sweet tooth! They also have a children’s play area, weekend tractor rides, and a dairy barn filled with gift items and farmer’s market trinkets.
5006 S Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, WI
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (262) 884-7100
Apple Holler has been a family business since the Flannery bought the abandoned orchard in 1987. They pride themselves on being a family farm and bringing the simple joy of savoring the present with those you love most. At Apple Holler, families can enjoy a day growing on the farm, picking apples in the orchard, a home-cooked meal at their restaurant, and plenty of goods & treats to bring home to your dinner table.
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (815) 338-5637
The All Seasons Orchard has an apple orchard, corn maze, and pumpkin patch and is open daily in September and October. From delicious apple cider donuts, wagon rides through 15,000 apple and pear trees, to family friendly activities in the barnyard and exploring the corn maze…All Seasons Orchard is the perfect spot for all your Fall ritual desires!
1N318 Watson Rd, Maple Park, IL
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (815) 827-5200
With over 230 acres of apple orchards and 70+ acres of pumpkin patches, Kuipers Family Farm is perfect for enjoying the simple pleasures of a beautiful fall day. Pick apples on the weekends, enjoy hayrides, petting zoos, and more fall family activities. Bring the family to Kuipers for all the great family traditions like apple picking, pumpkin carving, fall hayrides, homemade Thanksgiving pies, and Christmas tree shopping.
11802 Charles Rd., Woodstock, IL
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (815) 338-7443
Since 1839, someone has farms the lands of Homestead Orchard. With over 23 varieties of apples, Homestead Orchard is the perfect little countryside farm for a quiet fall day of apple picking with the family. You can also enjoy the horse barn which is filled with hand crafted antiques for sale.
1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks, IL
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (847) 770-3449
Heinz Orchard is only 37 miles away from downtown Chicago. They are a smaller family-run orchard and specialize in pure apple picking fun with beautiful Lake County scenery. Due to the record rains, the fruit is smaller, but still good for applesauce, apple butter, and apple pies, and will be sold for half-price! Strollers and wagons are welcome, but no pets are allowed. Will be open only on Fridays this season.
19412 Shabbona Road, Malta IL
Call for more apple picking details & hours: (815) 825-2158
Jonamac Orchard is part of a 105 acre farm with over 20,000 apple trees in Northern, IL. They are committed to providing families with great fall memories and high quality farm products. After a long day of apple picking, parents can browse the cider house and taste test Jonamac’s apple wines and hard ciders. Check out the Country store bakery for a variety of jams, mustards, and homemade goods. Kids can also enjoy the barnyard play area, corn maze, jumping pillow and petting zoo. You can also book a private campfire site on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday’s all throughout October.
The best apple varieties to look out for in October
Apple orchards rely heavily on the pick-your-own fruit business especially in early fall. As the weather starts to get colder, families tend to go for the corn mazes and other fall attractions. Since the record rains and polar vortex winte, farmers are advising customers to check availability before venturing out.
Jonathan apples are smaller in size with bright red skin. Their sweet-tart flavor is great for just eating and adding to your baked goods.
Also smaller in size, Empire apples are sweet and crisp. Awesome for a afternoon snack or added into a fresh fall salad.
The most commonly known of apple varieties, the Red Delicious apples are larger in size with five ridges on the end. Their mild taste make them one of the favorites for eating on their own.
Similar to the Red Delicious, Golden apple are mild in taste and are larger in size. They are the easiest to point out when you are exploring the orchards!
Shizuka apples are more commonly found later in the fall season. They have a firm texture with a yellow over pink shade. They are very sweet which makes them great for homemade apple sauce!
Gold Rush apples are green and yellow with a touch of red. They are crispy and sweet which makes them great for cooking pies and apple crisp. They are also known for being a good storage apple.
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