Where To Pick Apples Near the Fox Cities

Kids picking apples at Hofackers Apple Orchard in Appleton
Hofackers Apple Orchard, Appleton

It’s that time of year! Cozy sweaters, apple pie, pumpkin pie, cider donuts, kettle corn, mild sunshiny days, pumpkin spice everything, and that familiar urge to decorate your front porch in the finest haystacks, mums, and perfect pumpkins. We’re ready for all of the fun that comes with fall!

We have this great list of apple orchards ready for you. But, if you cannot get enough of fall fun, there’s plenty more action: 

We urge you to call ahead before you visit to ensure the locations are open. These are often seasonal businesses (and also working family farms) that often have varying hours due to staff, weather, and product availability. 

Questions to Ask When Calling Ahead

  • How’s the picking? What is ripe?
  • What type of payment do you accept?
  • Do you have restrooms?
  • What do we need to bring?
  • Are dogs allowed? (They are not generally allowed at apple orchards in Wisconsin.)

Find an Apple Orchard Near Me

Tips for Picking

  • Wear rain boots or other shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. Often orchards will be a little soggy longer after a rain. 
  • Bring bug spray. 
  • Have hats or sunscreen on hand. Fall can be tricky with mild temperatures but still enough sun for a pink face. 
  • Don’t forget your water bottle. It seems like our kids are thirsty after one picked apple!
  • Feel free to bring a wagon, but some locations will have them on hand for you. We recommend that if you’re bringing your own it is one with bigger wheels that will travel easily through the orchard.
  • Baby wearing may be your best friend with your tiniest apple lovers. Mucky orchards and long walks can be hard for the most energetic of toddlers.
  • Talk about wasps before you head out with your kids. They’re working on getting ready for winter too and love apples as much as we do. Wearing light colored clothing can help avoid drawing their attention and holding still if they land on an arm or head is the best bet as they will often just quickly move on. 
  • If you have a favorite type of apple, check to see if it is in season and confirm with the farm via website, social media, or a phone call that they have it. Here’s a handy chart from the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association: waga.org/Ripening
Little Farmer, Malone

U-Pick Apple Farms & Orchards 

Call or visit websites for hours, admission rates, and apple varieties availability.

1. Bauer’s Apple Shed, Hortonville

  • Address: W7763 Wisconsin Ave, Hortonville
  • Phone: 920-757-6187
  • bauersappleshed.com
  • Opening Date: Now Open!
  • Hours:
    • Monday through Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
    • Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Payment: Cash, checks and PayPal QR payments accepted.
  • What you’ll find:
    • Fresh picked apples or pick your own 5 miles west of the Fox River Mall (Appleton) on US Highway 96.
    • Apple syrup, pumpkins, gourds, honey squash, jam, & gift baskets available into September/October.

2. Heritage Orchard, Chilton

  • Address: N2963 Lakeshore Dr, Chilton
  • Phone: 920-849-2158
  • heritageorchardwi.com/
  • Opening Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022
  • Hours: Daily 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • What you’ll find:
    • Farm Market store includes seasonal fruits, pumpkins, honey, popcorn, apple pies, cider apple cider donuts, caramel apples and more. They have a full bakery and a craft loft, too!
    • Pick your own apples and pumpkins

3. Hofacker’s Hillside Orchard, Appleton

  • Address: W3964 Wege Road, Appleton
  • Phone: 920-734-0780
  • hhorchard.com/
  • Opening Date: First week in September 2022. Watch their Facebook page or website for updates!
  • Admission: FREE
  • What you’ll find: Pick your own apples, pre-picked apples, caramel apples, cider, mums, pumpkins, straw bales, corn stalks, pumpkin patch, corn maze and zipline (weekends, 5 years old and older).

4. The Little Farmer, Malone

  • Address: N9438 Hwy 151, Malone
  • Phone: 920-921-4784
  • mytlf.com/
  • Opening Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
  • Admission: FREE
  • Hours:
    • Monday through Friday 8 am – 6 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
  • Payment: Cash, debit cards, and credit cards
  • What you’ll find:
    • You pick apples and pumpkins.
    • Applehouse open to buy apples, caramel apples and bakery. Check out their daily muffin and drink specials!
    • Stroll a corn maze. 
    • FREE playground for small children and toddlers!
    • Animals including goats, sheep, peafowl, chicks and Scottish Highland cattle. Goats can be fed for 25 cents per handful.
    • They offer a variety of tours!
    • Accessible-friendly hayrides!

5. Rasmussen’s Apple Acres, Oshkosh

  • Address: 3871 State Road 21, Oshkosh
  • Phone: 920-235-2850
  • theappleacres.com/
  • Opening Date: TBA for 2022. Late August through middle of October. Check their Facebook page for updates.
  • Hours: 1 pm – about 4 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • What you’ll find:
    • Pick your own apples

6. Sharky’s Orchard, Appleton

  • Address: W3045 Emons Rd, Appleton
  • Phone: 920-209-2172
  • facebook.com/sharkysorchard/
  • Opening Date: End of August 2022. Exact date TBA.
  • Admission: FREE
  • What you’ll find:
    • Pick your own apples or pre-picked apples, caramel apples and deer apples

7. Sprangers Orchard, Kaukauna

  • Address: W2100 County Trunk KK, Kaukauna
  • Phone: 920-733-6739
  • facebook.com/Sprangers-Orchard-160632373953626/
  • Opening Date: Saturday, August 28, 2022
  • Hours: Daily 9 am – 5 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • What you’ll find:
    • Pick your own apples, caramel apples, you pick pumpkin patch- pumpkins & gourds, straw bales, corn stalks

8. Star Orchard, Kaukauna

  • Address: 253 County Road CE, Kaukauna
  • Phone: 920-759-9294 (seasonal)
  • starorchard.com/
  • Opening Date: Friday, August 26, 2022
  • Hours: Open Daily. Hours TBA.
  • Admission: FREE
  • Payment: Cash, debit cards, and credit cards
  • What you’ll find:
    • Orchard store with local goodies, caramel apples, cider, pick your own apples, hand-picked apples and a small corn maze.

READ MORE: 10+ Patches Perfect for Picking Pumpkins Near the Fox Cities

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Star Orchard, Kaukauna

Editor’s Note

Please let us know if your favorite location is missing by emailing us at govalleykids@gmail.com. It’s always helpful and appreciated if you can provide details on the location. 

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