Cool night, brisk breezes, it can only mean one thing, FALL! Fall is my absolute favorite season and apple picking is one of my most favorite family activities. Unlike the labor-intensive berry seasons, apples are relatively easy to pick. Whether you are looking for an orchard to provide days worth of fun and entertainment or just one some simple picking pleasure there is an orchard in or around Lake County that is perfect for you.
As always we recommend you call ahead to check picking conditions BEFORE you gather up the kids and head out.
Lake County Apple Picking:
(Green Oaks/Libertyville) 1050 Crest Road (corner of Atkinson & Crest)
847-770-3449 | Facebook
The 2015 Season will start mid-September. This year’s crop is very light because it rained & was cold every day during bloom. Heinz Orchard is not accepting schools or large groups this year. Check website & Facebook page for updates on hours and start date. Heinz is a no frills family run orchard, specializing in pure apple picking fun. Strollers and wagons are welcome. No admission fee, no parking fee, but someone must buy a bag for apples. CASH only. Read our Heinz Orchard review.
Ziegler’s Apple Orchard
(Grayslake) 32363 N. Bacon Rd.
847-546-1228 Call for opening information and 2015 hours. Fans told us about Ziegler’s after we published our 2014 list. The family-owned farm offers nine varieties of u-pick apples and is the only orchard in Lake County to carry the Banana Apple. Picking should begin around mid-September.
Apple Picking in Southern Wisconsin
(Racine) 500 S. Sylvania Ave
262-886-8500 | Facebook
Open for apple picking August – November, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Many varieties of pick-your-own apples, also wagon rides, a puppet show, pony rides, cider, pies & doughnuts, country cookout & many activities to choose from in our play area. Charges for some activities. Activities & Outdoor food items can be purchased.
Harvest Time Orchards
(Twin Lakes, WI) 36116 128th St.
262-877-4831 | Facebook
Harvest Time Orchards will be open Fridays through Mondays beginning August 28 when we will have ready-picked Zestar apples, fresh and tasty donuts and a bountiful array of cheeses, meats, fruit spreads and other items in our Country Smoke House.
Red Barn Hours: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Our Pick Your Own Orchard will open for the season Saturday, September 5 with McIntosh and Gala apples.
Pick-Your-Own Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Apple Picking in McHenry County
(Harvard) 15908 Hebron Rd
815-648-4141 | Facebook
Through August 31: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday
(Woodstock) 14510 IL Route 176
HOURS: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
815-575-9650 | Facebook
(Woodstock) 11802 Charles Rd.
815-338-7743 | Facebook
Open now through the last week in October. Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. and Noon – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Homestead has 23 varieties available for u-pick. They also sell honey from beehives onsite. Cash or Check only. Free parking and free admission.
Hours Saturday – Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lang’s carries 10 different varieties. There is no admission and no parking fees. Cash, Check or credit accepted.
(Woodstock) 1517 N. Route 47
Meadowmoor Orchard started in 2004 as a project by retiring teachers has grown into a family orchard. The family now offers 7 varieties of apples and dabbles in cherries, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. This is a no-frills orchard for pure apple picking fun. No admission fee, no parking fees, and no minimum buy. Cash or Check only.
(Union) 4914 N. Union Road.
815-923-4834 | Facebook
Opening day is tentatively September 4, 2015
A small family-run business celebrating over 15 years of bringing your family the delights of the autumn harvest with apples, pumpkins, and raspberries.
(Woodstock) 17015 Garden Valley Road
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Orchard is scheduled to open on September 5, 2015. 12 varieties of apples as well as red raspberries. Cash or check only, no credit cards accepted.