By Amy Rea


It sounds like this coming weekend is going to have some amazing, beautiful weather — perfect for getting outside. Given that it’s prime apple harvest time, it would be a great weekend to find a pick-your-own apple orchard. Here are a few to consider around the metro. Note that some orchards have limited supplies due to weather issues this year — it’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure you can pick your own. Some orchards may only have bagged apples available.

Apple Jack Orchards, not far from Delano, is open for pick-your-own through this Saturday, then it’s likely to be bagged apples only after that.

Also close to Delano is Fall Harvest Orchard. This orchard could use some public support — one of the owners passed away from cancer earlier this fall, and the orchard is being kept open in his honor. Go and pick lots of apples.

Minnetonka Orchards is opening up its Honeycrisp crop for you-pick this Saturday. These popular apples won’t stay long on the tree.

Not far from Waconia is Deardorff Orchards, which is open this weekend for you-pick adventures. You have a choice between taking a wagon ride to go picking or simply pulling your own little red wagon with you.

Applewood Orchard near Lakeville is open with plenty of apples available for picking.

In Montgomery (about an hour out of the Twin Cities, making for an easy day trip and along some beautiful stretches of road) is the Montgomery Orchard, with you-pick apples, hay rides on the weekend, and a corn maze.

Northfield’s Fireside Orchard is pretty much at peak time right now.

Near Jordan are a couple of big players in the pick-your-own apples field. Minnesota Harvest says they have one of their best crops in years, and they ramp up the activities on weekends to include a petting zoo and face painting. Nearby is Emma Krumbees, which has not just you-pick apples, but a scarecrow festival.

Aamodt’s Apple Farm near Stillwater is open daily now, and has plans for the second annual Big Green Egg Tasters Contest on Oct. 18.

Afton Apple near Afton has lots of apples to pick, and the first three weekends in October are Apple Fest — stop by for music, chainsaw carving, apple cider pressing demonstrations, and Cow Train rides.

What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.

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