Apple picking is a fun thing to do in fall. Here are some pick-your-own apple orchards around Milwaukee.

People pick apples at The Elegant Farmer.
People pick apples at The Elegant Farmer.

For many families, a favorite fall tradition is going to an orchard so everyone can pick their own apples.

If that sounds like a tradition you would like to start, here are some orchards in the Milwaukee area that allow people to pick their own apples.

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, Elkhorn

W6384 Sugar Creek Road

(262) 728-3266

The Apple Barn Orchard and Winery in Elkhorn will open its country store Tuesdays through Sundays starting the day after Labor Day.

Apple picking starts in mid-September and is available, along with yard games, food trucks, the store, winery and bakery, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. Check their website or Facebook for updated hours.

Apple Holler, Sturtevant 

5006 S. Sylvania Ave.

(262) 884-7100

Apple picking at Apple Holler begins in mid-August and lasts through the end of October.

Everyone who enters the orchard must purchase an apple picking bag, which includes picking the apples that can fit in the bag, a tractor-drawn tour and admission to the farm park with kids' games and activities and a corn maze.

Hours are daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with the last admission sold at 3 p.m.

Appleland Farm Market, Fredonia

4177 Highway 57

(262) 692-2560

Appleland Farm Market's orchards will open for picking Aug. 18.

Their hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

They will also have two festivals, with chances to pick apples, bounce houses, a corn maze, craft vendors and food. The sunflower festival is Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, and the fall festival is Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.

Barthel Fruit Farm, Mequon

12246 N. Farmdale Road

(262) 242-2737

Barthel Fruit Farms has been "growing fruit since 1840," and is open for pick-your-own apples in September and October from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Opening day is Sept. 5.

A bakery is open during the same hours, and a beer garden will be open in September and October on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-6 p.m.

There will also be an Oktoberfest in the beer garden on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 from 12 to 6 p.m. with polka, pretzels, brats, hot dogs and beer for sale.

Basse's Taste of Country, Colgate

3190 County Line Q


Basse's will offer pick-your-own apples as part of its Apple & Sunflower Fest in September. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sept. 2, 3, 9 and 10; and 3-7 p.m. on Sept. 4, 7 and 8.

Apple-picking will also be offered during Basse's Pumpkin Fest, which will take place Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 16-Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Elegant Farmer, Mukwonago

1545 Main St., Highways ES and J

(262) 363-6770

The Elegant Farmer's apple picking days are during its annual harvest fest, on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sept. 9 to Oct. 22. Their market is open daily from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Admission is free, and there are fees for apple-picking bags, pony rides, hayrides, train rides and the corn maze.

You can check their website to see what apples you'll be picking that weekend, and don't forget to pick up their famous apple pie baked in a paper bag.

Nieman Markets, Mequon

14335 N. Wauwatosa Road

(262) 375-0460

Nieman Markets is open from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily for pick-your-own apples. It also has an Apple Play Land with activities and games for kids and a corn maze.

Old Homestead Orchard, Franksville

7814 Raynor Ave.

(262) 895-6747

Old Homestead Orchard is open in September and October for pick-your-own apples on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Purchase of an apple-picking bag or a tagalong ticket for those who won't be picking is required to enter the orchard. The orchard also has picnic tables, a poultry zoo, a sunflower maze and a kids play area.

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