Minnesota is apple-growing country, and there are plenty of apple orchards and farms where you can pick these delicious fruits near Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The state's apple-picking season starts in mid-to-late August and lasts until October. Apple supply varies significantly, depending on the weather, the season, and how busy the apple orchard has been. Many farms grow several varieties, including the popular Honey Crisp apples, which are usually available in stores by mid-September, and the University of Minnesota's Zestar and SweeTango varieties.
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Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings
Afton has several varieties of apples to pick and other produce such as raspberries and pumpkins. Also on-site are a corn maze, a petting zoo, tractor rides, and baked goods for sale. Its Apple Festival is usually held during the first three weekends of October, with family-friendly entertainment and fireworks.
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Apple Jack Orchards, Delano
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Emma Krumbee's Orchard and Farm, Belle Plaine
Emma Krumbee's Orchard features many popular fall attractions, including a petting zoo, a maze, a restaurant, and an annual scarecrow festival. You can also take a tractor ride out to the apple orchards to pick apples at your leisure, but keep in mind there is an admission charge for some attractions at the farm.
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Fireside Orchard and Gardens, Northfield
Located about 40 minutes south of Minneapolis, Fireside Orchard grows and sells Chestnut Crabapple, SweeTango, Honeycrisp, First Kiss, KinderKrisp, and Cortland apple varieties, among others. It also has Halloween pumpkins, a rose garden, and a collection of vintage tractors to admire.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Minnesota Harvest Orchard, Jordan
Like many orchards, there are more than just apples at Minnesota Harvest. It has a petting zoo, a playground, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, horse rides, live music, seasonal entertainment, plus 25 varieties of apples to choose from. Keep in mind that it's a popular wedding destination, so some areas tend to be closed off for celebrations.
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Minnetonka Orchards, Mound
This apple orchard is a popular destination with lots of attractions, hayrides, a playground, seasonal events, and entertainment. Minnetonka Orchards charges an entrance fee, but only on the weekends, and the thrifty can save by visiting during the week. However, the farm is closed annually from January through late August, so don't try to go until apple season is in full swing.
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Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake
Pine Tree Apple Orchard has pony rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and weekend entertainment for folks visiting the farm. Additionally, you can shop for some homemade bakery products, caramel apples, and fresh cider.
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Sweetland Orchard, Webster
Sweetland Orchard focuses on growing great produce including apples, plums, and pears, all pre-picked for you to purchase. The farm is perfect for a peaceful day out in the country, although there may be noise from a kids play area in the barn.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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