Fall in West Michigan is almost synonymous with a trip to an apple orchard.
As much as I love Michigan summer, there’s something special about the weather cooling down and fall settling into place.
Thankfully, there are local places like Moelker Orchards (located just west of Grand Rapids) ready to serve up tasty bakery treats, hayrides, and apple picking to help people like me get my fall fix.
PS- if you find yourselves at Moelkers, be sure to try the pie!
9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Fall Fun in Walker
Moleker Orchards has been bringing homegrown fruit to west Michigan for over 100 years
Moelker Orchards Overview
Since 1907, the Moelker family has been producing quality fruit and family fun on the farm for the Greater Grand Rapids community.
They also offer a fun and family friendly atmosphere for people to gather, pick-your-own fruit from the u-pick orchards and pumpkin patch, and enjoy the scenic beauty.
Moelker Orchards Offerings:
- Pumpkin Patch
- Apple Picking
- Homemade Donuts
- Photo Ops
- Farmers Market
Pro Tips for Your Visit
Watch their Facebook page for U-pick updates and special event announcements like Pie Flight opportunities.
People drive from miles around for Moelker’s fluffy, flavor-packed donuts.
Three-hundred years is a long time to be growing; the walnut tree at Moelker Orchards is a photo opportunity you don’t want to miss! See how many people it takes to wrap all the way around it. Do you think you have enough?!
Apple Picking at Moelker Orchards
Moelker Orchards has the tastiest apples around.
They offer u-pick Gala, McIntosh, Empire, Jonagold, Ida Red, Fuji, & Honeycrisp apples. Call them before you head out for current availability.
You can also get 21 other varieties of pre-picked apples in the market throughout the season.
U-pick bags are available in pecks ($12.00) and 1/2 bushels ($19.00) for all varieties except Honeycrisp.
Hayrides at Moelker Orchards
Hop aboard the horse-pulled wagon ride for a 30 minutes tour of the orchard.
During the ride, there is also a scavenger hunt that provides extra fun for all ages.
The hayride runs Saturdays in October from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
$6.00 per adult, $4.50 per child (12 and under)
Children under age 2, free
Donuts & Cider at Moelker Orchards
While the Moelker donuts are incredible on their own, they’ve leveled up their game by serving Engelsma’s apple cider, regular winner of the Michigan Apple Cider Contest by the Great Lakes Ag Expo.
Ever since I’ve had Engelsma’s, I won’t try any other cider. It’s perfect. (I heard once that their secret ingredient might be honeycrisp apples.)
Moelker Orchards makes approximately 450 donuts per hour! Each one takes 115 seconds to cook for a perfect crispy outer layer with a light and fluffy interior.
Pumpkin Patch at Moelker Orchards
Head on out to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin, no matter what shape, color or size.
And there's no need to carry around all the pumpkins and gourds you choose - wheelbarrows and wagons are available to help.
The pumpkin patch is open October 1 - 31, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Don't miss the free pumpkin cleaning on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Farm Market at Moelker Orchards
The market is filled with fresh produce grown right on their farm. The market opens in early July for cherry season.
Seasonally, you can find a variety of other fruit available--plums, cherries, peaches, and pears to name a few.
In addition to fruit, the farm market also has a jams, sweet fruit salsas, and other local Michigan products.
Moelker’s Old Bell Bakery offers classic donuts, muffins, cookies, and fruit breads. If you need something even sweeter, they have homemade fudge.
If you aren’t much of a baker and you want to look like one--grab some of their apple dumplings or ready-to-bake pies.
Not sure which pie is the best? Be sure to watch Moelker's Facebook page to find news on Pie Flights. Every now and then throughout the season, you can enjoy 3 (or 6) different varieties of Moelker’s homemade pie.
Fall Festivals at Moelker Orchards
Saturdays in the fall, pack even more fun with special farm friends and activities.
Different events include storytime and pie flights.
Farm Open Hours:
Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturdays - 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Pets Allowed? No