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. 

Some fall favorite apple orchards and pumpkin patches will not be running all of the family fun attractions that we normally see during the fall. If you or your kids are looking forward to a tractor-pulled hayride, bounce houses, play area, or other unique feature, call ahead or check social media to ensure that you won’t have a disappointing surprise on your hands. 

Speaking of unusual times, remember to bring your masks as the state mandate is in place through at least the end of September. Most locations will have sanitizing or handwashing stations, but it won’t hurt to have your own on hand.

We have this great list of apple orchards ready for you. 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?

  • How’s the picking?
  • What type of payment do you accept?
  • Do you have restrooms?
  • What do we need to bring?
  • Are dogs allowed?

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  • 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.
  • 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

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

  • Bauer’s Apple Shed, W7763 Wisconsin Ave, Hortonville
    • (920) 757-6187
    • Opening Date: Now open for the 2021 season
    • What you’ll find:
      • Cash, checks and PayPal QR payments accepted.
      • Fresh picked apples or pick your own 5 miles west of the Fox River Mall (Appleton) on US Highway 96.
  • Heritage Orchard, N2963 Lakeshore Dr, Chilton
    • (920) 849-2158
    • Opening Date: August 28, 2021
    • What you’ll find:
      • Farm Market store includes season fruits, pumpkins, honey, popcorn, apple pies, cider apple cider donuts, caramel apples and more.
      • Pick your own apples and pumpkins
  • Hofacker’s Hillside Orchard, W3964 Wege Road, Appleton
    • (920) 734-0780
    • Opening Date: See their Facebook page or website for the 2021 open date
    • 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).
  • Little Farmer, N9438 Hwy 151, Malone
    • (920) 921-4784
    • Opening Date: Now open for the 2021 season
    • What you’ll find:
      • Applehouse open (masks required) to buy apples, caramel apples and bakery. No self serve or samples in 2020, but staff will help bag items.
      • Stroll a corn maze. 
      • Animals including goats, sheep, peafowl, chicks and Scottish Highland cattle, including a new baby (Basil) for 2021. Goats can be fed for 25 cents per handful.
      • No admission cost. Cash, debit cards, and credit cards accepted for payment.
  • Rasmussen’s Apple Acres, 3871 State Road 21, Oshkosh
    • (920) 235-2850
  • Sharky’s Orchard, W3045 Emons Rd, Appleton
    • What you’ll find:
      • Pick your own apples or pre-picked apples, caramel apples
  • Sprangers Orchard, W2100 County Trunk KK, Kaukauna
    • (920) 733-6739
  • Star Orchard, 253 County Road CE, Kaukauna (920)759-9294 (seasonal)
    • Opening Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
    • What you’ll find:
      • Orchard store with local goodies, caramel apples, cider, pick your own apples, hand-picked apples and a small corn maze.
      • Cash, debit cards, and credit cards accepted for payment.

Heading to Door County? Check out our favorite fall spots including apple orchards and farm market stores in Door County.

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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