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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Central Wisconsin in 2022, 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!

Jackson County

  • Moseley's Fruit and Vegetable Farm - apples, pumpkins, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), porta-potties are available
    23933 Cortland Avenue, Warrens, WI 54666. Phone: 608-378-4543. Open: seasonally; During our seasonal hours we are open rain or shine! We are open daily from 7am to noon and 4pm to 7pm in the afternoon during strawberry season;(mid June to July We are open daily from 9am to 5pm during apple season; (September to early November). Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. .

Monroe County

  • Maple Ridge Orchard - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, pumpkins, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, picnic area, petting zoo, school tours
    6675 Maple Ave, Cashton, WI 54619. Phone: 608-654-5151. Email: [email protected]. Open: Mid September until sold out; Please phone ahead. Directions: From La Crosse take highway 33 south toward Cashton. Turn left on Manna Avenue and left again on Maple Avenue. Watch for signs. For Google Maps go to our website. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. . Fax:. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We use integrated pest management practices. We have a bakery with lots of made from scratch goodies...pies, turnovers, cookies, caramel apples, and bloomin' apple sundaes. Our gift shop is filled with the works of local artisans. Something for every taste and budget. We have a convenient play area for the kiddos, a barnyard and FREE wagon rides during you pick. We will also point you to lots of other attractions in the area.

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)


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