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Pepper U-Pick farms in Milwaukee area of Wisconsin in 2024, by county

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

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Kenosha County

  • Jerry Smith Produce & Country Store - beans, cucumbers, eggplant, peas, peppers, tomatoes, other vegetables, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, face painting, jumping pillow, pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    7150 18th Street, Kenosha, WI 53144. Phone: 262-859-2645. Email: Open: . Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Jerry Smith Produce & Country Store Facebook page. Alternate Phone: 262-620-0081 aksmith@tdsnet Click here for current open hours, days and dates Click here for a map and directions Pumpkin Farm festivities open mid September through October 31; Sweet Corn Festival third Saturday of August every year; Event runs 10 am until 6 pm Free Hay Rides, Pick Your Own, Chef Demonstrations, Fresh Roasted Sweet Corn, Face Painting, Jumping Pillow, Live Children's Music Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers Click here for our Facebook page Family run business for over 41 years

Ozaukee County

  • Roesch Farm (Frank Roesch) - Apples, pears, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, red, yellow, green, purple and white bell peppers, hot peppers, tomatillos, all kinds of tomatoes, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, pumpkins, dill, parsley, basil, chives, mint. , restrooms, pumpkin patch in the field, pumpkins brought in from the field, farm animals, tours of the operation
    12422 Farmdale Road, Mequon, WI 53097. Phone: (262) 242-0669. Open: They are usually open daily. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Roesch Farm (Frank Roesch) Frank allows local schools to bring children there on field trips and organizes tractor rides and farm tours for them.
    Comments from a visitor on October 05, 2012: "This was a very nice farm, had all the vegetables. It was well organized, and they had kids play area which helped the kids take some time off the field. The prices were much cheaper compared to the grocerry stores. Apple pickign was not allowed this year due to bad weather casuing the Apples to go bad."
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "I have been going to this farm for almost 15 years and it is one of my favorite tranquil places to go. I have picked a large variety of fruits, veggies and herbs at "R" Apples. Frank has been farming his entire life. He really takes pride in his work and loves to show customers around the farm. He also has an little antique store inside the barn and raises chickens, turkeys and other farm animals. Frank grows a large variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. I can get all the produce I need there for a fraction of the cost of a grocery store. The farm is well maintained and their produce is delicious. Its a family owned business and Frank is one of the nicest people I have ever met. "
  • Witte's Vegetable Farm - PYO Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, Beets and Fall Raspberries, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field
    10006 Bridge Road, Cedarburg, WI 53012. Phone: 262-377-1423. Email: Open: Starting July 5th through October 31st Monday to Saturday 8 am to 8 pm Sunday 8 am to 6 pm The best Pick Your Own vegetables usually starts around Labor Day in Wisconsin. Directions: We are located 2.5 miles west of down town Cedarburg on Bridge Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Fax: 262-375-0386. . Crops are usually available in August, September, October. Our Pick Your Own raspberries are the fall type. Fresh picked peas are sold in our stand.
    Comments from a visitor on August 18, 2011: "I live on the boarder of WI in Illinois. Yesterday I went to this farm hoping to get a basket of green beans for canning. WOW! Very nice people, very beautiful produce. The farm was very clean and had an abundance of green beans. I also picked up a flat of blueberries to make some jam. Raspberries will be ready in a week or so. I'll be back for them. This was worth the trip! We took 4 kids along to help pick. Great experience..thank you! Tell others that this place is worth the trip. Wish I had something closer to home like this..but until I find it, I'll be back! Thank you from this happy flat-lander! (born and raised in WI):D Terrie"

Rock County

  • Wiser Farm Produce - Uses natural growing practices, beans, blackberries, broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs or spices, melons, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries,
    9107 W US Highway 14, Evansville, WI 53536. Phone: 608-882-5807. Email: Open: Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Wiser Farm Produce Facebook page. . We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification.


Pepper Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

a variety of peppersThere are various types of peppers based on their characteristics. It's important to note that pepper heat levels can vary, and individual tolerance to spiciness may differ. When using hot peppers, exercise caution and consider using gloves or washing hands thoroughly to avoid skin or eye irritation.

  • Sweet Peppers - like Bell Peppers and Banana Pepper , used in salads and sandwiches
  • Mild to Medium Heat Peppers - spicy, good for salsa.
  • Hot Peppers - Often used in Mexican and Thais foods
  • Very Hot Peppers - For crazy people...

See the table at the bottom of his page for detailed information and a master list of varieties.

When are peppers available?

Peppers are a hot weather crop, and cannot tolerate frost and cold soil. In the U.S. Peppers typically peak hot summer months into the Autumn.

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - it's hard to pick in a muddy field!
  2. Most growers furnish picking containers (bags), but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.
  3. Bring something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs usually aren't a problem while the weather is still cool, but some deet might be good to bring along if it has been rainy.

General Picking Tips

Whether you pick Peppers from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Pickled Peppers

Look for Peppers that are :

  1. firm
  2. Bright and shiny
  3. smooth, shiny pods, not wrinkly on the surface - that's an old or dried out
  4. Avoid placing the picked Peppers in the sunlight any longer than necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking. I prefer to bring a cooler with ice in it. Peppers may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for a week or 2.

When you get home

  1. Put them in the vegetable crisper in the fridge, in a loose plastic bag.
  2. Now, get ready to can or freeze the extra Peppers - It is VERY easy! Click on the links for easy instructions.


Name Heat Photo Description Best uses
Bell Pepper Sweet red sweet peppers Large, blocky peppers with a mild, sweet flavor. They come in different colors such as green, red, yellow, and orange.  Salads and sandwichs They also add sweetness and color to cooked dishes, stir-fries, and stuffed pepper recipes.
Banana Pepper Sweet Banana peppers Long and tapered, they have a mild to moderate heat level and a tangy-sweet flavor.  Salads, subs and sandwiches  Frequently used in pickled form, they add tang and crunch to sandwiches, salads, and antipasto platters. They can also be stuffed or sliced for various culinary applications.
Cubanelle Pepper Sweet   Light green and elongated, they have a mild heat and a slightly sweet taste.  
Pimento Pepper Sweet   Large and heart-shaped, they have a sweet and fruity flavor, often used for stuffing. Cooking
Poblano Pepper Medium Poblano Pepper Dark green, heart-shaped peppers with a mild to medium heat level and a slightly smoky flavor. Frequently used in Mexican dishes like chiles rellenos, mole sauce, and salsas. They can be roasted, stuffed, or sliced and added to various recipes.
Shishito Pepper     Small and thin-walled pepper with a mild and slightly sweet taste. Popular in Japanese cuisine, often enjoyed blistered or charred as an appetizer or side dish. They can also be used in stir-fries, tempura, or stuffed with cheese or other fillings.
Anaheim Pepper Medium   Mild to medium heat, with a long and narrow shape. They are often used in Southwestern cuisine. Commonly used in Southwestern and Mexican dishes. They are great for roasting, stuffing, or adding to salsas, chilis, and stews.
Hungarian Wax Pepper Medium   Medium heat peppers that come in various colors. They have a waxy texture and a tangy flavor.  
Chili peppers Medium     Used in making... wait for it... Chili
Cherry Pepper . Medium   Small and round, they have a mild to medium heat level and are often used pickled or stuffed Thai and other Asian cooking
Jalapeño Pepper Hot Peppers Jalopeno Medium heat level with a distinctive bright green color and a slightly smoky flavor. They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine. They add a spicy kick to salsas, guacamole, nachos, and are often used for stuffing or pickling.
Arbol peppers Hot Peppers Arbol peppers    
Serrano Pepper Hot Peppers   Hotter than jalapeños, they have a bright green color and a spicy taste. Commonly used in salsas and sauces. Adds a spicy heat to salsas, pico de gallo, hot sauces, and other Mexican dishes. They can also be pickled or used to infuse flavor into oils and vinegars.
Cayenne Pepper Hot Peppers   Thin and elongated, they are known for their fiery heat. Often used in powdered form as a spice. Often used in powdered form as a spice for adding heat to various dishes. It can be sprinkled over pizzas, used in sauces, or added to spice rubs for grilling or roasting meats.
Thai Bird's Eye Pepper Hot Peppers   Small and slender, they pack a powerful heat punch. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. Commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine. They are perfect for adding heat and flavor to stir-fries, curries, soups, and dipping sauces.
Habanero Pepper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers, with a fruity flavor and intense heat. Use with caution. Adds intense spiciness to salsas, hot sauces, marinades, and jerk recipes. Use with caution and in small amounts due to its high heat level.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper Very hot   Similar to habaneros, they have a tropical fruity flavor and fiery heat. Commonly used in Caribbean cuisine.
Carolina Reaper Very hot   One of the hottest peppers in the world, known for its extreme heat. Handle with extreme caution.  



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