**This posting has been edited several times with additions and changes to orchard schedules. Please call ahead to determine if locations are still open.**
On to the fall farm fun… can you believe apple orchards are now open and the fall season is right around the corner? It’s hard to believe that apples, crunchy leaves, jeans (okay, well not today or tomorrow), and football are all swinging into our lives again. For local farmers, the past summer’s drought has hit them hard and many orchards and farms have limited products available or are not opening this year. Many of the businesses are doing the best they can to offer some services to the community. The following includes apple orchards, pumpkin picking locations, and farms throughout the Fox Valley. The pumpkin locations do not yet have pumpkins available but will have inventory at the end of September and beginning of October. I have also included a few places that are not opening for 2012 due to crop failure.
The picture above was our first family apple picking adventure 2 years ago – it was a blast despite Brandon’s uncertain face. I urge you to call ahead before you visit to ensure the locations are open. These are seasonal businesses that often have varying hours due to staff, weather, and product availability, especially with this year’s growing season. Please let me know if your favorite location is missing by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s always helpful and appreciated if you can provide details on the location. Below, Cole is feeding goats at Mulberry Lane Farm.
Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Picking
Address: 253 Hwy CE Kaukauna, WI
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9 am – 6 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Products: Apples, jams, jellies, maple syrup, pears, plums, pumpkins (seasonal)
More Information: Will open on Labor Day Weekend with pick-your-own apples including Galas, Mollies, Cortlands, Golden Delicious and Jonagolds. Shortly after Labor Day, there will be pre-bagged Honeycrisp. Apple cider is ready to go. The apple season may only last about a month. They do not accept credit or debit cards.
Address: W2100 County Trunk KK Kaukauna, WI
Hours: Everyday: 9 am – 6 pm
Products: Apples, pears, plums, pumpkins (Seasonal)
More Information: Limited crop availability and may close sooner than typical picking season. No longer offering pick-your-own for the 2012 season, only pre-bagged.
Address: W3964 Wege Road, Appleton, WI
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 am – 6 pm; Sat: 9-5; Sun: 10-5
Products: Apples, apple cider, honey, jellies, maple syrup, popcorn, pumpkins
More Information: Limited crop availability. Pick-your-own apples includes Mollies and McIntosh.
Address: 1670 Mar-El Rd, De Pere, WI
Hours: Opening September 8: M-Sat: 9am-4pm, Sun: 10am-3pm
Products: Apples, pumpkins, fresh baked pastries, cookies, cornstalks, gourds
More Information: Enjoy apple picking, a walking trail, and a petting zoo. Pumpkins are pre-picked. Offers a petting zoo: Adults (13 and up) $2, Children (3-12) $1, Children 2 and under Free.
Address: W3964 Wege Road, Appleton, WI
Hours: CLOSED FOR 2012 SEASON
Peter’s Pumpkin Patch
Address: N181 State Highway 55 Kaukauna, WI
Hours: September 15-Oct 31. Mon-Fri: 8 am - 7 pm; Sat and Sun: 7am-7pm
Products: Pumpkins, squash, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, honey, jams
More Information: Pre-picked or pick-your-own. They do not accept debit or credit cards.
Address: W4314 State Hwy 156, Bonduel WI
Hours: September 8-Oct 31. Sat and Sun 12pm-4pm
Products: Pumpkins, squash, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks,
More Information: Try and find your way thru the Corn Maze, or play our Scavenger Hunt in the Corn Maze. Relax and sit on a bale of straw aboard the Porter Patch Pumpkin Express on our 25 minute scenic trip around the Farm. Search the Pumpkin Patch for that perfect Pumpkin you have been dreaming about all year. Try your luck at Pumpkin bowling. Leave the mess here and paint your own pumpkin and or make your own Scare Crow creation (bring pants & long sleeve shirt – to dress your scare crow). Try your aim at the Corn Sling (our giant sling shot) and hit targets down range. Draw a pumpkin face on our old Silo, try Pumpkin Ball, plus bring your camera to catch all those classic memories from around the Farm. Prices for activities range $3 and up. Please see website for detailed pricing.
Address: N2299 Ledge Hill Rd Hortonville, WI
Hours: Weekends only; last weekend in September – October: 10am-5pm
Products: Pumpkins, squash, gourds, cornstalks
More Information: Offering a “Pumpkin Picking” ride to the field to pick a pumpkin of your choice, mini pumpkins, gourds, and colored corn for $7 per person. Or purchase pumpkins and fall products from their shed. Enjoy the round-bale climbing area, a straw-bale maze, a sorghum grass maze, a straw catepillar, and a straw slide. Family fun for everyone! During the weekdays and week nights in October, they are open for large groups by appointment only.
Address: 125 Cty Rd CB Neenah, WI
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30-5:00 pm; Sat and Sun: 8:30-4pm
Products: Pre-picked apples, pumpkins, gourds, squash
More Information: Pick-your-own pumpkins *should* be ready to go by mid to late September depending on the crop.
Address: 2285 S. Broadway St. Green Bay, WI
Hours: October 13 and 20, 8am-5pm
More Information: Ride the train to the pumpkin patch and select your pumpkin. Enjoy family entertainment and children’s activities. Ticket prices: Adult: $12, Child (2-12): $9, and under 2: Free.
Address: W3190 County Road B, Hilbert, WI
Hours: See website for hours
Products: Pick-your-own pumpkins and petting farm
More Information: Mulberry Lane Farm offers guided tours geared toward the specific age level of your children. Offers pony rides, goat/sheep feeding, chicken catching, petting zoo, farm animals, wagon ride, and more! Visit the “Little Critter Barn” and hold a baby chick, duckling, kittens & bunnies. There are also picnic areas for those bringing a lunch. Cost per admission is $11.00 per person (*Childen under 24 months are FREE). Pumpkin harvest is the last weekend in September through October 31. Each guest receives a free pumpkin that you pick yourself from over 6 acres of pumpkins!
Address: N9438 Hwy 151, Malone, WI
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6 pm; Sat/Sun: 10am-6pm (see website in case of changes)
Products: Apples, apple pies, caramel apples, pumpkins
More Information: There will be no pick-your-own apples this season; all will be pre-bagged. There will be pick-your-own pumpkins and pumpkin hayrides later in the season. The petting zoo, playground, farmhouse, applehouse, and craftbarn will all be open. Hayride cost: $3.75 per person, Corn maze: $2.75 per person, Playground: $.50 per child.
Address: N2564 Highway 151, Chilton, WI
Hours: See website for hours – open September 8
Products: Pumpkins, squash, gourds, syrup, and more
More Information: Offers a corn maze, activity area, and hay rides. Activity area includes duck races, giant 80 foot tube slide, pumpkin launchers and the corn (sand) box. All hayrides are one half hour in length or longer and are educational snacks. They also offer a picnic area and farm animals. Please see website for admission to corn maze and hay rides. There are many different options to choose from, including combo prices. 2 and under are FREE.
Lloyd and Sandy Gehring Farm
Address: W2759 County Road S, Freedom, WI
Hours: CLOSED FOR THE 2012 SEASON