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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in West-Central Michigan in 2023, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins 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!

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Kent County

  • Country Basket - apples and pumpkins
    1185 Nine Mile Road NW, Sparta, MI 49345. Phone: 616-784-0218. Open: September 1-November 1, Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 6 p. Click here for a map and directions. . U-pick apples and u-pick pumpkins, fresh cider, fresh donuts, jams, jellies, honey, cherry concentrate, petting zoo, goat ramp and school tours. m. Sun. 11 am to 6 pm. Drive N from Grand Rapids on M-37 (Alpine Ave.) to the corner of 9 Mile, NW and M-37. is on the NW corner of 9 Mile and M-37, 1185 9 Mile, Sparta.
  • Ed Dunneback & Girl's Farm - apples, strawberries, pumpkins, apple cider doughnuts
    3025 6 mile Road, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544. Phone: 616-784-0058. Email: Open: We do offer U-pick for strawberries, sweet cherries, apples and pumpkins in season; Strawberries available mid-June, Please feel free to contact us for specific picking hours and availability. Directions: Located approx. Click here for a map and directions. . A great way to keep up with what is going on at the farm is our fan page on Facebook, so please "Like" us today! Apples, strawberries (u-pick and ready-picked), asparagus, sweet cherries, apple cider, caramel apples, donuts, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, cornstalks, Indian corn, straw bales, recipes, play area, miscellaneous farm market items and more! mid-May thru Oct. seasonal hours. Please call for more information. . 10 minutes NW of downtown Grand Rapids, Exit 26 (Fruit Ridge Ave.) off I-96, travel 3 miles to 6 Mile Road, Go east on 6 Mile Road, 1-1/4 miles to farm at corner of Peach Ridge Ave. . Come pick your own, or call ahead and order them all packed and ready to go. ((UPDATED: October 12, 2019, JBS)
  • Fruit Ridge Hayrides - apples, pumpkins, hayrides or sleighrides, corn maze
    11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City, MI 49330. Phone: 616-887-5052. Email: Directions: N of Grand Rapids: US-131 N to I-96, I-96 W to Exit 26 (Fruit Ridge Ave.) Take Fruit Ridge Ave. N approximately 10 miles to 11966 Fruit Ridge Ave. between 14 Mile Rd. and 15 Mile Rd. on the E (right) side of the road. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Fruit Ridge Hayrides Facebook page. . for year 'round horser-drawn hayrides or sleighrides by appointment, open to the public for walk-up hayrides and u-pick apples/pumpkins beginning the second weekend in September to through October, weekends only: Fridays, 5 - 9 pm, Saturdays , 12 pm - 9 pm, Sundays , 12 pm - 5 pm. Year 'round horse drawn hayrides or sleighrides thru rolling orchard country, family and corporate parties, Fall weekend hayrides to u-pick apples, pumpkins, Fall harvest items, petting zoo and pony rides. Also, a 15-acre corn maze for hours of fun, as well as apples, pumpkins, cider, and goodies that can be enjoyed in our picnic area. Apple varieties: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Spy, Rome, Honeycrisp. For year -round fun,try a horse drawn hayride or sleigh ride through our woods and orchard. Family reunions, school groups, church youth groups and corporate picnics are always welcome. For more information see Field Trips and Groups. The most magical time of year is during the Fall Harvest Festival. Young and old alike enjoy family fun with activities such as horse drawn hayrides, u-pick crispy apples and huge orange pumpkins, a 10 acre corn maze, pony rides,farm animals to pet and children's activities. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and the fresh air while enjoying our picnic area. We offer award winning apple cider, delicious homemade donuts and picnic lunch items. In our farm market, you will find picked apples, fancy pumpkins and other fall harvest items such as squash, gourds, decorative corn and corn shocks. (UPDATED: September 19, 2019, JBS)
  • Grange Fruit Farm - apples, cherries, peaches, pumpkins,
    10724 Grange Ave, Rockford, MI 49341. Phone: 616-862-5408. Email: Open: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Directions: Corner of 13mile and Grange Ave. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Find use on Facebook for up to date. U-Pick HONEYCRISP and picked GALA, FUJI, JONAGOLD apples. Also fruit blossom honey, local maple syrup. Pre-picked also available. PUMPKINS! please call or check Facebook. - update for current in season produce. Produce changes weekly. LAST DAY OF SEASON OCTOBER 20 . (UPDATED: September 19, 2019, JBS)
  • Schwallier's Country Basket - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    1185 9 Mile Road Nw, Sparta, MI 49345. Phone: 616-785-9896. Email: Open: Mid August through the end of October; Monday to Friday 7 am to 6 pm; Saturday 8 am to 6 pm; Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Schwallier's Country Basket Facebook page. . Pick your own Raspberries August 19th Corn Maze opens September 7th New for 2013 "A Dinosaur Adventure", one of Grand Rapids most challenging corn maze. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. has been a family-owned business since we first opened our barn doors in 1989. We are located in Sparta, Michigan, in the heart of West Michigan's apple capital known as "the Ridge". We are dedicated to serving friends and family who come from near and far to enjoy our delicious treats, fresh produce, and simple, satisfying slice of farm life. Our one-of-a-kind store has grown from humble beginnings as a roadside produce stand into a thriving farm market. Each year we strive to add new, fun activities for families at our farm. We offer U-pick apples, raspberries and pumpkins, a giant corn maze, play area and rides and a farm animal barn. We also offer customized group tours and events, so think of us as you plan your next birthday party, school field trip, company outing or family get-together. (UPDATED: September 19, 2019, JBS)

Montcalm County

  • Klackle Orchards - apples, pumpkins, corn maze, wagon rides
    11466 W. Carson City Rd (M-57), Greenville, MI . Phone: 616-754-8632. Email: Open: Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sundayfrom 12 pm to 6 pm; September 12th to October 31st. Directions: M-57 W of Greenville, 1 mile N side of highway. Pick your own apples (20 varieties) & pumpkins. Wagon rides, petting zoo, cider, donuts, pies, caramel apples, jams & jellies, etc. Musical groups, concessions, 14 acre theme corn maze. Kids art activities. With more than 45 acres of pumpkin patches, 20 varieties of apples, the best cider & donuts around, and fun fall activities for the whole family, Klackle Orchards takes pride in being the premier destination for spectacular experiences and delicious treats. Visiting Klackle Orchards is exciting and educational. Tour our orchards, pick-your-own apples & pumpkins, and learn how we are able to deliver farm fresh produce to our loyal customers.Apple varieties: Paulared, Redfree, Adane, Gingergold, Jonamac, Golden Supreme, Gala, MacIntosh, Jonagold, Courtland, Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Red Delicous, Northern Spy, Mutsu, Rome, Ida Red, Fuji, Braeburn. . Click here for a map and directions.
    Klackle Orchards Facebook page. . .

Muskegon County

  • Dietrichs Harvest Basket - strawberries, apples, pumpkins w\\/wagon rides
    Apple Avenue, Casnovia, MI . Phone: 616-675-5384. Open: May-October 31, daily, 9 am to 6 p. Directions: Located on M-46 (Apple Ave. Click here for a map and directions. . We offer u-pick strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, sweet corn, peaches, u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins w/wagon rides, picnic areas and a petting zoo. m. Weekend hours vary. We are .) just W of M-37 & M-46 junction in Casnovia. We are E of Muskegon & NW of Grand Rapids.

Oceana County

  • Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm - pumpkins, Pick-your-own apples, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, cow train \\/ barrel train rides, corn maze, gift shop, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, jumping pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    4180 West M-20, New Era, MI 49446. Phone: 231-861-5730. Email: Open: Pumpkins available around September 14th Corn Maze runs from September 5 through November 1, 2015. Directions: Lewis' Farm Market is located 25 miles north of Muskegon, or 25 miles south of Ludington, on U.S. 31, only 1/4 mile east of the New Era exit (Exit 140) at route M-20, also called Stony Lake Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm Facebook page. . Pumpkin Facebook Friends Day- May 9th Jeffrey's 9th Birthday and Annual Corn Roast- August 15th Corn Maze is open from September 5th through November 1st Pumpkin Destruction- October 31st. (UPDATED: October 21, 2020 JBS) (UPDATED: March 16, 2015)

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

Pumpkin recipes

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