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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Central-Northwest Minnesota in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Becker County

  • Lake Ida Apple Farm - apples,
    11546 West Lake Ida Lane, Lake Park, MN 56554. Phone: 218-532-3025. Email: [email protected]. Open: 7 days a week form 9 am to 7 pm mid August through October. Directions: From the Fargo North Dakota / Moorhead Minnesota Area: Go south on Interstate 94 to the Downer Exit: (approximately 15 miles), Go East 20 miles on Clay County Highway 10 which turns into Becker County 4. The Orchard is on the North Westcorner of Lake Ida at 11545 West Lake Ida Lane, across the highway from Cormorant Lutheran Church. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. .

Otter Tail County

  • The GARDEN on Hwy 35 - apples, cherries, currants (red and black), gooseberries, other berries, raspberries (red), rhubarb, saskatoons, other vegetables,
    29700 N. highway 35, Underwood, MN 56586. Phone: 218-495-3160. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call for dates. Directions: 9 miles N of Underwood or 13 miles E Fergus Falls then N on 35 1.7 miles at the junction 1 & 35. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: 218-770-8119. . Saskatoon's aka Juneberries, think 4th of July; Call up to 5 days earlier; Very short harvest period; Aronia berries September long harvest; Ripe berries remain on branch; Apples, July - November several varities. (ADDED: January 18, 2015)

Traverse County

  • Coffman Apple Orchard - apples, pumpkins, winter squash,
    7182 US highway 75, Wheaton, MN 56296. Phone: (320) 815-5233. Email: [email protected]. Open: September 1 to November 15 Availability of crops varies, please call or email for availability details; We are flexible with hours and have a stand open 24 hours. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (320) 563-8549. . 7 miles North of Wheaton, MN on US Highway 75, East side of road. Apple orchard along highway. Honeycrisp available from September 1 to November 15 Harrel Red available from October 1 to November 15 Pumpkins available from October 1 to November 15. We use integrated pest management practices (IPM). We grow Honeycrisp and Harrel Red apples as well as pumpkins, butternut squash, buttercup squash and gourds. (ADDED: October 17, 2018)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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