Fun Fall Activities at Orchards and Farms

Aamodt's Apple Farm
6428 Manning Ave N, Stillwater, MN
This Stillwater orchard and bakery offers a variety of fresh-picked apples, apple-inspired goods and other fresh offerings. On most fall weekends, they have a petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides and live entertainment including authentic reenactments of historic events. There's also a winery and hot air balloon rides.
Aug.-Oct.: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Phone: 651-439-3127
http://aamodtsapplefarm.com/

Afton Apple Orchard
14421 90th St S, Hastings, MN
Drive out to Afton Apple Orchard for a pleasant, interesting, and healthful way for you and your family to enjoy a day in the country. They have 190+ beautiful acres that produce delicious Minnesota-grown strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins and thirteen different varieties of apples that can be picked by customers at the peak of perfection. They also have a variety of gourds, squash and ornamental decorating corn. Picking season usually runs August through October. Hayrides start Labor Day weekend, and the huge corn maze will open in September. They have a petting zoo and a playground as well.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Phone: 651-436-8385
http://aftonapple.com/

Applewood Orchard
22702 Hamburg Avenue, Lakeville, MN
Located 1/4 mile west of Cedar Ave. on 225th St. W.
Pick 14 varieties of apples on dwarf trees. They have Haralson and Honeycrisp, of course, as well as raspberries, pumpkins, and June strawberries. Come and enjoy a hayride in the orchard and a maze or two for kids and explorers of all ages. We do offer school, senior center and professional group tours.
Phone: 952-985-5425
http://www.applewoodorchard.com/

Apple Ridge Orchard
47418 240th Ave, Mazeppa, MN
Located just 15 minutes north of Rochester. Apple Ridge Orchard information and map on website.
Pumpkins and Apples Galore! (Including the famous Apple Ridge Honeycrisp, Haralson, Honeygold, and Sweet Sixteen). Plus, fresh-pressed apple cider, pumpkins, caramel apples, and a festive harvest atmosphere. Favorite family events include pick-your-own apples and you-pick pumpkins with tractor-pulled wagon rides every weekend. Kids Corn Maze. Apple Ridge llamas and barnyard animals love kids.
Aug.-Oct.: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 507-843-3033
www.appleridgeorchard.com

Berry Hill Farm
6510 185th Ave NW, Anoka, MN.
Strawberries, Raspberries, and pumpkins. Strawberries u-pick or call ahead and they will do it for you. Raspberries both summer and fall. Don’t get lost in the large field maze! U-pick pumpkins, wagon rides, farm animals, squash, gourds, ornamental corn, corn bundles, hay bales and much more. Please call for weekday appointments, for school farm tours, childcare, scouts, church picnics, etc. Pumpkins/farm tours are open for family fun the last weekend of September and all weekends in October.
Phone: 763-753-5891
www.berryhillfarm.com

Carlson’s Orchard, Bakery & Cider Mill
11893 Montgomery Ave, Winsted, MN
Carlson’s Orchard, Bakery & Restaurant offers fresh pie & ice cream, sandwiches, soups & salads, pork chop dinners and live entertainment. Twelve varieties of apples and u-pick/picked pumpkins. Baked goods daily, restaurant seating for 120, free weekend hayrides. Great country atmosphere - a must for your fall family outing.
Aug.-Oct.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; Nov.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Phone: 320-485-3704

Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard
12971 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN
Located on the scenic lower St. Croix River, one mile North of US Hwy 10 on Washington Cty Rd 21.
Apples pre-picked and PYO, fall raspberries PYO, honey, jams, cider, maple syrup, fall vegetables, walking maze in corn field, press your own cider in our cider porch, picnic facilities, hayrides on weekends.
Open daily.
Phone: 651-437-7126
www.fischerscroixfarmorchard.com

Deer Lake Orchard
1903 10th St SW, Buffalo, MN
Good times & great apples! 26 varieties of apples and fresh cider, pumpkins, squash, ornamental corn, homemade apple pies, jams, jellies, gifts and crafts. Visit the orchard during "Apple Fest" weekends in Sept. and Oct. Live entertainment, wagon rides through our scenic orchard and into Groggins Woods, pony rides, caramel apple sundaes, grilled bratwurst and apple turnovers. Call for schedule of events, group tours by prearrangement.
Aug.-Oct.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Phone: 763-682-4284
www.deerlakeorchard.com

Erickson’s Petting Zoo
11890 Hope Rd, Osakis, MN
Beans, beets, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, already picked pumpkins, corn maze, haunted corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, child-sized hay bale maze, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo.
Phone: 320-762-0184
www.ericksonspettingzoo.com

Fairhaven Farm
13835 51st Avenue, South Haven, MN
Located three miles north of South Haven and 18 miles south of St. Cloud.
U-pick strawberries, raspberries, apples (certain varieties and certain weekends only), blueberries, grapes and pumpkins. The farm has a corn maze that runs through Halloween weekend along with a horse-drawn wagon ride. The corn maze has a different theme every year: 2007: Curious George. There are outhouses for restrooms. There are tables and chairs outside as well as in the barn for eating/picnics. In the shop: multiple apple varieties, pears, plums, honey, jams and jellies, apple pie, dried flowers, and a variety of gifts.
June-July: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Aug.-Oct.: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Open June and July for pick-your-own.
Phone: 320-236-7685
www.fairhaven-farm.com

Fall Harvest Orchard
345 County Road 30 S, Montrose, MN
Located 5 miles west of Delano on County Rd 30.
Family-oriented orchard on a working farm; eighteen apple varieties, pre-picked or pick your own. In season: squash, brown eggs, pumpkins, gourds, calico corn, popcorn and corn bundles. Children will enjoy the farm animals (cows with calves, goats with kids, chickens, turkeys and pigs) in an actual farm setting. Apple House features snacks, gifts and crafts. Picnicing welcome.
Open starting in Aug.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Phone: 763-972-3894
www.fallharvestorchard.com

McDougall's Apple Junction
14325 110th St. S, Hastings, MN
Orchard located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul. Four miles south of Afton Alps or two miles north of Carpenter's Nature Center on Cty 21 & Cty 78.
Apples, honey, pick-your-own pumpkins, jams and jellies, fall vegetables, chrysanthemums, dried flowers, crafts and more. Straw mountain play area, petting zoo, weekend hayrides. Make a drive along the beautiful lower St. Croix River Valley an autumn tradition, and be sure to include a visit to McDougall's Apple Junction.
Sept.-Dec.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Phone: 651-437-6794 or 651-480-4701
www.apple-junction.com

Minnetonka Orchards
6530 County Rd 26, Minnetrista, MN
Minnetonka Orchards has over 3,000 apple trees along with other goodies: free hayrides, events every weekend and a massive, 12-acre pumpkin patch. But picking your own apples is the real treat. The orchards are gorgeous, with meandering paths, rolling hills and explosions of wildflowers throughout. The trees are clearly labeled and short enough for an easy excursion. The craft shop is full of high-quality, reasonably priced goods. The orchard hosts several kid-friendly events like The Great Pumpkin Hunt in October and Ciderfest in September, the annual two-day celebration that features free fresh-made cider.
Aug.-Oct.: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; Nov.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 763-479-6530
www.minnetonkaorchards.com

Nelson's Apple Farm
3270 Douglas Ave, Webster, MN
Pick your own apples - 20 different varieties!
Apple barn open Sept.-Dec. with pre-picked apples, cider.
Wagon rides (on weekends), farm animals. School and senior citizen tours by appointment. PYO pumpkins in October. Corn and straw maze. Gift shop. Also balled and burlaped and potted evergreens available spring through fall (Please call for appointment in spring and summer). Pre-cut and cut-your-own Christmas trees after Thanksgiving (shorter hours).
Aug. 15-Thanksgiving: Mon. to Fri., 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Day after Thanksgiving-Dec. 20: Mon. to Fri., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 952-461-3355
www.nelsonsapplefarm.com

Natura Farms (formerly North Star Gardens)
19060 Manning Trail North, Marine on the St. Croix, MN
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, currants, grapes, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, other vegetables, herbs and flowers. U-pick, pre-pick and wholesale. Clean, indoor restrooms. Children welcome! They steward their soil and grow their produce with natural, sustainable, environmentally safe practices.
June-Sept.: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment.
Phone: 651-433-5850
www.naturafarms.com

Pine Tree Orchard
450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake, MN
The orchards wrap around a lake with scores of picnic tables laid out before it. Inside the barn, a bakery alchemically spins apples into culinary gold. Although folks can't pick their own fruit, they can try the generous samplings of a variety of Minnesota-grown apples. There's also strawberry patches in the spring and summer and a pumpkin patch and corn maze to get you in the fall spirit. Don't forget the crafts and pony rides.
Mon. to Thurs. open until 7 p.m.; Fri. to Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 651-429-7202
http://pinetreeappleorchard.com/

Pleasant Valley Orchard
17325 Pleasant Valley Road, Shafer, MN
Located on Pleasant Valley Road (Cty 26) off US Hwy 8 or 95, south of Shafer.
Scenic orchard overlooking the St. Croix Valley featuring 17 Minnesota apple varieties. Perfect for your fall family outing. Pre-picked apples are ready to eat. The bounty of fall's harvest is found at the orchard - pumpkins, squash, gourds, decorative corn, honey, jams, jellies, maple syrup, pie, cider, crafts and gifts. Picnic tables, nature trails, kids zoo and weekend hayrides.
Sept.-Nov.: Tues. to Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Mondays)
Phone: 651-257-9159
http://pleasantvalleyorchard.com

Sponsel's Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard
8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd, Jordan, MN
Sponsel's Minnesota Harvest is big and friendly, with plenty of nooks and crannies for getting lost. The orchard's 45 different types of apples are available for "U-pick" on the expansive grounds. They have a full kitchen, bakery, wagon rides, hiking trails, petting farm, pony rides, live music, and horse trail rides. Bluegrass aficionados come to hear some of the area's best musicians. A large pumpkin patch sits on the lower part of the farm and draws an autumn crowd for barbecue, face-painting, a petting zoo and a corn maze.
Aug.-Oct.: Mon. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Nov.-Dec.: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Jan.-Mar.: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Phone: 952-492-2785
http://minnesotaharvest.net/

 
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