What a beautiful fall! Now is the perfect time to visit an apple orchard. We’ve had the opportunity to visit a few apple orchards throughout the years and we definitely have our favorite. Fall Harvest Orchard in Delano is one we have gone back to time and time again. They have a lot of baby animals for the kids to feed and hold, pick your own apples (or pre-bagged apples if you prefer), pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, wagon rides, and food. We love the laid back, family friendly atmosphere and our children adore the baby animals. Fall Harvest Orchard is definitely a highlight for our family. http://fallharvestorchard.com/
Recently, we took a trip to Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo. I chose the pre-picked pie apples because we always get a nice variety of apples that way. Deer Lake Orchard has very cute retail/craft items. They also sell a variety of pies, jams, caramel apples and popcorn.
Deer Lake Orchard offers hard cider, which is something I haven’t seen offered at an apple orchard before. They also have live music on the weekends, which could be a nice pairing with the hard apple cider! There is a haunted hayride October 28th and 29th, which is spooky fun. To see a full list of their events visit their website, http://www.deerlakeorchard.com/
Fall Harvest Orchard http://fallharvestorchard.com/
Deer Lake Orchard http://www.deerlakeorchard.com/
Luceline Orchard (and Winery) http://www.lucelineorchard.com/
Apple Jack Orchards http://www.applejackorchards.com/
Nelson’s Apple Farm http://www.nelsonsapplefarm.com/
Thompsons’ Hillcrest Orchard http://thompsonsapples.com/
Applewood Orchard http://applewoodorchard.com/applewood3/
Aamodt’s Apple Farm https://www.aamodtsapplefarm.com/
Pleasant Valley Orchard http://www.pleasantvalleyorchard.com/
Jake’s Apple Shack http://www.jakesappleshack.com/
For a complete list of Minnesota Grown apple farms, visit http://minnesotagrown.com/member-directory/?categories=apples&perpage=25&distance=25&pagenum=1 Next week on the blog, we make a pie with our delicious apples!