Best Michigan Apple Orchards and Apple Picking (and Warm Donuts) WORTH VISITING This Fall | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com
Love picking your own apples and visiting fantastic apple orchards in Michigan? Below is the ultimate map of the best apple orchards in Michigan! You will find apple orchards in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, South Lyon, Fennville, Northville, Detroit and Northern Michigan.
Every year, I just LOVE picking my own apples for apple sauce and pies. Isn't there something undeniably exciting about Michigan apple orchards, cider mills and freshly made warm sugary donuts??
What a great Michigan fall family activity! So if you are wondering, "Where are the best apple orchards in Michigan for apple picking near me," well, we've got 'em!
I mean it feels almost like Christmas wandering down the beautiful rows of red juicy apples, picking the very best ones.
When to Pick Apples in Michigan? Depending on the weather and location of the farm:
Golden Delicious apples will be ready for picking mid September to mid October
Red Delicious apples will be ready for picking mid September to mid October
Cortland apples will be ready for picking mid to late September
Honeycrisp apple picking season: Honeycrisp apples will be ready for picking late September to mid to late October
Michigan apple orchards begin to open early September for the popular Michigan apple season. Be sure to check your intended apple farm's website or Facebook page to verify opening dates, apple availability and hours of operation.
So, the best time to pick apples in Michigan is throughout the months of September and October. And you are in luck as there are dozens of u pick apple orchards in Michigan listed below!
Are you ready for apple picking in Michigan 2021?
The best month for apple picking in Michigan is mid September through mid October. There are several Michigan apple orchards for picking apples in Southern Michigan such as Hubbard's Corey Lake Orchards in Three Rivers and Stovers Farm Market & U Pic in Berrien Spring.
Be sure to utilize our list below and the interactive map for the best apple orchards in Michigan. You will see why Michigan apple picking season is such a popular time in Michigan!
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Below are several Michigan apple varieties to try this Michigan apple picking season.
Williams’ Pride: Dark red apple that is tart and rich. Great for baking or eating. Generally available Mid August
Zestar: An early ripening apple that is semi-sweet, crisp, juicy and makes a fantastic eating apple. What does a Zestar apple taste like? They are very juicy and crispy (not mealy!). Available mid August
Gala: Its thin skin and smaller size make it a perfect to pack in your lunches. It has a mild, sweet flavor with a creamy yellow flesh. I use it for baking apple pies and apple crisp. Available early September.
McIntosh: What are Macintosh apples best for? This versatile apple is great for eating, pies and sauces. It breaks down when you cook it (it's a softer apple), so it's fantastic for making sweet apple pies. We love them paired with Golden Delicious apples. Available mid September.
Jonathan: What do they taste like? Jonathan apples are sweet with a tang. It has a crisp, juicy, flesh and is good for eating, but a perfect pie apple. What is the season for Jonathan apples? Mid September to Mid October.
Empire: A perfect apple for baking or eating as they are crisp with bright white flesh.
What are Empire Apples best for? Empire apples are a cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious apples. They are great for making apple juice, applesauce, apple pies and of course, slicing into salads and eating just the way they are!
I have friends that dehydrate Empire apples also. Their season begins mid September.
Cortland: What do Cortland apples taste like? Cortland apples are soft and juicy. They have a sweet-tart taste.
What are Cortland apples good for? We love to use Cortland apples for apple cobbles and crisps as they are softer and bake well.
They are also delicious sliced into a salad or with cheese and crackers. Cortland apple season begins mid September.
Honeycrisp: Exceptionally crisp and juicy, with a sub-acid flavor, the extremely popular Honeycrisp is best to eat fresh. It was developed for taste, so let's enjoy it just the way it is!
Per Wikipedia, Honeycrisp apples were developed at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's Horticultural Research Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. It was patented in 1988 and released in 1991 for everyone to enjoy.
What two apples make a Honeycrisp? The honeycrisp was created by cross-pollinating the delicious Honeygold and the Macoun apple varieties.
The Honeycrisp season generally begins mid September.
Golden Delicious: A honey sweet apple with a crisp, golden flesh. They are very sweet to the taste. Take note, the Golden Delicious is prone to bruising and shriveling, so handle them carefully, refrigerate and use shortly after picking.
What are Golden Delicious apples good for? Low in calories, Golden Delicious apples are a good source of soluble fiber. We love them in pies!
When are Golden Delicious apples in season? The Golden Delicious apple season are ready for picking mid September to mid October.
Red Delicious: A classic apple in America; mildly sweet with a crisp yellow flesh. Their skins are thicker so we like to slice them before eating.
Do Red Delicious apples make good pie? For me, I like them baked into a pie as their skins are a bit thick for eating by hand. They break down quickly when baked.
When are red delicious apples in season? Available for picking late September to early October.
Jonagold: This apple is a cross between the Jonathon and Golden Delicious apples. Did you know it was developed in 1953? Jonagold combines tart sweetness and crispness in texture.
What are Jonagold apples best used for? Jonagold apples work great for cooking and can be baked in pies, crisps and tarts.
Their season begins mid September.
Ida Red: An apple with firm, white flesh, this is a mildly acidic apple. This apple excels as a baking apple. October 5.
What are Ida Red apples good for? They are awesome for baking and applesauce.
Oh, and if you love the old-fashioned baked apples (like our elderly neighbors used to make for us as kids), Ida red apples are excellent because they hold their shape very well.
Fuji: A great snacking apple, the Fuji is very juicy, sweet and crisp.
What are Fuji apples good for? We love to eat them fresh-great for packing in your lunches! They contain between 9–11% sugars by weight so Fuji applesauce needs little or no sugar.
Mid September to late October.
There are several apple orchards near me offering Honeycrisp apples, check the list below and I'm sure you will find some conveniently located near you!
Fruit Ridge Hayrides, 11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City, MI 49330 - Farm Market, and U-Pick. Honeycrisp apples will be ready: September 25th - October 31st, 2021
Schell Family Farms - 10055 Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Pinckney, MI
Stover's- 7837 M-139, Berrien Springs, MI 49103. September through October, you can pick apples, fall red raspberries, grapes and pumpkins!
Jacob's Farm - 7100 East Traverse Hwy, M-72 West, Traverse City, MI 49684. U Pick Apples!
King Orchards - 4620 N M-88, Central Lake, MI 49622. Available for u pick apples, including Honeycrisp, available early September.
Address: Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Rd., Richland, MI 49083
Gull Meadow Farms is a great spot to for picking your own apples or buying bags of delicious varieties in their shop. Apple picking in Michigan is such a joy!
You can also pick your fall pumpkins, enjoy fresh delicious donuts and grab some fresh apple cider by the glass, half gallon or whole gallon. There's a very cute shop with items to decorate your home.
We used to live about 5 miles from this farm so we would visit several times throughout the fall season to buy mums and explore the corn maze. There is a train for kids and a tractor drawn hay wagon for the whole family. Great place!!
Their multi-colored sunflowers are planted in mid-May and bloom for about two full weeks in August.
Tickets are around $13 per person, though children under 36 inches tall are admitted free. Each ticket gets visitors a wagon ride out to the sunflower field and one sunflower to take home.
Address: 8614 US-127, St Johns, Michigan
Apple harvest starts in late August at Uncle Johns Cider Mill. Their first varieties include Paula Red and Ginger Gold. Unfortunately they do not offer pick your own apples.
Visit Uncle Johns Cider Mill for gifts, food items, snacks, wine and hard cider. They make super yummy fresh donuts and fresh cider, so don't miss out! Plus, the barn is gorgeous!
Location 5395 Midland Road, Freeland, MI
It's pretty cool that Bayne's Apple Valley has been awarded Mid-Michigan's Best Orchard 3 years in a row!
Bayne's Apple Valley has great homemade baked goods and my Dad, especially, can't resist picking up freshly made donuts and fresh pressed pure apple cider.
Pop into their cute shop, grab some fresh cider, a peck of apples and some Michigan made items! Bayne's apple farm is a great place to meet friends during sunny fall Michigan afternoons!
Plan to spend at least an hour at Baynes apple orchard as one of our favorite things to do is to grab a sandwich in their cute café and then lounge outside to enjoy the view of the woods. It makes for a very relaxing afternoon.
Address: 7475 N. River Road, Freeland, Michigan
We enjoy visiting Leaman's as it's an event! You can search for cute items for your home in their shop, pick out a fantastic pumpkin, enjoy some donuts and sip some cool cider. Plus, adorable goats are grazing near the parking area! Seriously!
Apples: Isn't there something just amazing about beautiful red apples on a tree? Almost swoon-worthy!! I love watching the green apples being dipped in gooey caramel.
We think they are one of the best apple orchards in Michigan!
Leaman's has over 20 different kinds of apples covering just over 10 acres of land. They do not have you pick but you can buy their apples and shop in their cute gift shop! We love this apple orchard!
Franklin Cider Mill: 7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
If the sound of caramel dipped apples rolled in tiny bits of crunchy nuts makes you salivate (you are normal, by the way!), pack up the car and head to Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills where you can pick out fresh warm donuts, crunchy apples and a gallon of sweet fresh pressed cider.
Their hand-picked Michigan apples will be available by the 1/2 peck bags or bushel. Some of their varieties include: Michigan Honey Crisp, Crimson Crisp, Cortland, Empire and Macintosh!
Address: 6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408
Crane Orchards will have you pick apples around labor day weekend! What a great fall family activity! Come out this apple season in Michigan!
Address: 10055 Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Pinckney, MI
Stop by Schell Family Farms for apples!! They are known for their Honey Crisps! You Pick will begin in 2021. We think they are one of the best apple orchards in Michigan!
They process syrup completely in-house and they have tons of flavors, including their new apple flavored syrup!!
Pick your pumpkin out of thousands of pumpkins to choose from and depending on the season, Schell's has cherries and peaches! This Michigan farm is a great place to visit during our popular Michigan apple picking season.
Fruit Acres, located at 3452 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI is a great place to pick Sunrise Apples and Early Gold Apples as they are grown on their farm. They also have peaches and of course, u pick apples! So come out and support apple orchards in Michigan!
Address: 3151 Niles Rd, St Joseph, Michigan
For as long as I can remember, we went to Nye's Apple Barn while growing up in St. Joseph. I loved it as it was such a great opportunity for apple picking near me. Plus, they are one of the best apple orchards west Michigan!
You can pick your own apples! They have Golden Delicious, Crispin (Mutsu), Red Delicious, Empire, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Ida Red, Jonagold, Jonathan, Rome, Winesap.
When do the apple orchards open? Apple U-Pick usually starts the last weekend of September thru Columbus Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Michigan time. These dates may vary because of maturity of crop from season to season.
They also have apple cider, fruit pies, caramel apples, pears, plums, pumpkins and other delicious treats. I grew up about 2 miles from Nye's Apple Barn! It's a great opportunity for apple picking in Michigan.
Stover's Address: 7837 M-139, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
September through October, you can pick apples, fall red raspberries, grapes and pumpkins!
Stover's grows all sorts of apples including Molly Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Red Rome, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonathan, Mutsu and others!
Tips for u-pickers: be sure to call ahead to check availability of produce and the picking conditions. They provide containers! Wear hats and work gloves. So come out to the farm for some fantastic Michigan apple picking!
Markillie Orchard - 5200 North Latson, Howell, MI 48855. They offer a huge variety of apples in their barn store! You can also enjoy cider and donuts, jams, jellies, salsa, soft serve ice cream! Their cider slush is delicious, you gotta try it! Plus, there's a play area for your children.
Jacob's Farm - 7100 East Traverse Hwy, M-72 West, Traverse City, MI 49684. U Pick Apples! So come out to this fantastic farm for apple picking Traverse City!
As we move into August Jacob's Farm will have apples that continues into early Fall. Their premier apples – Zestar and Honey Crisp are ready to pick in September and October - so crisp, tart and sweet! So come out to the farm for some fantastic Michigan apple picking!
Clearview Orchards - 1051 Barry rd Haslett, MI 48840, U pick McIntosh apples will be ready around Sept 1
Country Mill - 4648 Otto Road, Charlotte, MI 48813. Apple Picking is available August 7th through early November. Located just southwest of Lansing.
Check out some of the best apple orchards in Michigan!
Detroit Farm and Cider - 1600 Lawrence St, Detroit, MI 48206
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill - 10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170. Cider Mill Open September through the first week of November.
Blake's Big Apple - 71485 North Ave, Armada, MI 48005
We love all these apple farms in Michigan!
Grange Fruit Farm -1900 13 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341 This Grand Rapids Apple orchard offers u pick apple picking
Wells Orchards - 9009 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Dunneback Farm Market - 3025 6 Mile Rd NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 This Grand Rapids Apple orchard offers u pick apple picking
Hill Brothers Orchards - 6159 Peach Ridge NW, Grand Rapids MI 49544 They do not have u-pick on their farm but you can pick your apples from large bins! Apples are sold by the 1/2 peck, peck, 1/2 bushel, bushels or by the bin.
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery - 3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 This fabulous cider mill has a winery, bakery, apple house, cider mill and tons of activities! Plus it's you pick!!
Moelker Orchards and Farm Market - Address: 9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan. You Pick Apples!! WHOOT!
Oooh, and you can pick out delicious donuts, fudge, cookies, muffins, & caramel apples made fresh! The bakery operates during cherry season and then again from August until December.
There's also lots of family activities! Hop aboard one of their horse-drawn wagon rides around the orchard, explore the u-pick pumpkin patch, and check out the apple orchards.
Address: 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI
You pick apples: Honeycrisp, Golden Supreme, McIntosh and Gala
Play on the playground and see the cute farm animals!!
Spicer's Orchard also has:
If you visit in early August, grab a few photos in front of their gorgeous sunflower fields!
There are two locations:
Available for u-pick: Raspberries (September) and apples, including Honeycrisp, at the M-88 Market.
Obstbaum Orchards - 9252 Currie Rd, Northville, MI 48167
Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill - 1540 E Commerce Rd, Commerce Charter Twp, MI 48382
If you love picking Michigan fruits and vegetables, you need to Peach Picking! It's an absolute blast and available in August!!
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