Minnesota is a leading apple-producing region, due in no small part to the research efforts of the University of Minnesota. Popular varieties like the Honeycrisp and Haralson, and new varieties like Frostbite and SnowSweet, have come out of the U’s research into cold-weather hardy fruit. What this means for us is lots of apple orchards!
Many orchards in the area have pick-your-own opportunities, as well as pre-picked apples in case that’s the sort of thing you want to leave up to the experts. And many turn into harvest festivals during the apple season, with hay rides, petting zoos, and corn mazes to help you celebrate fall. You can buy pies, jams, and cider, too–there are so many ways to eat your apples!
Our favorite orchard is Afton Apple Orchard in the Hastings area: they have an incredible maze, cider pressing demonstrations, and a fun tractor pull ride. But no matter which side of the Twin Cities you live you, you’re sure to find an orchard you’ll love:
- Applewood Orchard in Lakeville
- Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake
- Apple Jack Orchards in Delano
- Minnetonka Orchards in Minnetrista
Do you have a favorite?