15 Apple Orchards Perfect for Apple Picking in Michigan

Apple Picking Apple Orchards in West MI

Apple Picking in Fall is “Pure Michigan”

Growing up, my favorite family outings were to local fruit farms, especially the apple orchards in Michigan.

There was nothing better than eating fresh fruit directly off of the bush or tree. As a parent, this has become one of my favorite activities with my kids.

My kids can eat their weight in fresh fruit and it’s a snack I feel good about them having. 

When cool mornings and crisp fall air start to settle in, that’s when my mind turns to apple picking, the yummy things we’ll make with our apples, and the other fun fall activities we’re in for when we visit the apple orchard.

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Apple Orchards Directory – West Michigan

Use this apple orchards guide to get out and enjoy the cooler weather.

From August to October, Grand Rapids area families can visit a U Pick orchard and enjoy the experience of picking their own apples from a tree!

*Don’t forget that most farms only accept cash or check, so call ahead to confirm!

Use this directory to find U Pick Apple Orchards near you.

cotant's apple picking

1: Cotants Farm Market

2500 S M 37 Hwy, Hastings, MI 49058

Apple Picking at Cotants Farm Market
Many varieties available for u-pick apples including Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji and McIntosh.

Call for hours and availability.

Already picked apples are also available in the market by the peck or bushel.

More about this Apple Orchard
Cotant's Farm Market, located one mile south of Hastings on M-37 Highway, is a family-owned and operated business that set their roots four generations ago in 1947.

Every fall, the Market celebrates the season with apple picking, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, donuts and cider, and more.

Their greenhouse specializes in hanging baskets, flowering annuals, a wide range of perennials, and vegetable plants. The Farm Market has a variety of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables.

Apple Orchard Open Hours

*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Earth First Farms Organic Growers apple picking

2: Earth First Farms Organic Growers

8335 Smith Rd., Berrien Springs, MI 49102

Apple Picking at Earth First Farms Organic Growers
Several acres of certified organic apples available for U-pick.

Varieties include Honey Crisp, Ida Red, Golden Delicious and MacIntosh. Call for ripening availability.

More about this Apple Orchard
Earth First Farms Organic Growers is a family farm, committed to bringing you the freshest, healthiest, most delicious certified organic fruit and produce that Southwest Michigan can produce – without harmful side effects on the environment or your health.

Fall u-pick featuring 25 heirloom and contemporary apple varieties (yes, Honeycrisp!), carving and decorative pumpkins, winter squash and a farm store featuring fresh-pressed apple cider, apple sauce, daily made apple cider doughnuts, and more.

Apple Orchard Open Hours

*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Robinettes apple picking
Robinettes Apple harvest dates 2021

3: Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

3142 4-Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Apple Picking at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
18 varieties of apples are available for U-pick including Gala, Macintosh, Honeycrisp, Ida Red and Pink Lady.

U-Pick is not always available. Check their website or call them for an up-to-date list of varieties and picking times.

The orchards are off-limits during apple season unless u-pick is in session.

More about this Apple Orchard
Robinette's has been around for a long time! It was started in 1911 and has been owned by the same family for four generations.

Their orchards are situated on 125-acres just north of Grand Rapids.

In addition to growing apples, peaches, cherries, nectarines, and apricots, among other things, Robinette's also has several outbuildings that house a variety of amenities.

The Apple Haus is where you'll find a restaurant, bakery, donut makers, and cider mill.

The big red barn has a winery tasting room, gift shop, nut maker, and popcorn maker.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Apple Haus: Tues-Sat, 8 am - 5:30 pm
Apple Haus Lunch: 11 am - 3 pm on days they're open
Winery: Tues-Sat, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Petting Zoo: Sundays, Sept & Oct, noon-4 pm
Corn Maze Opens at 10 am Mon-Sat & noon on Sunday
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

4: Apple Valley Fun Farm

7737 Fruit Ridge Ave NW, Sparta, MI 49345

Apple Picking at Apple Valley Fun Farm
Apple Valley Fun Farm U-pick apples include Honeycrisp, Gale Gala & Sunrise Fuji.

More about this Apple Orchard
Apple Valley Fun Farm is the place to go for fall fun for the entire family.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Fridays in October: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturdays/Sundays, 9/25-10/31: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

girl in apple trees at blok orchards

5: Blok Orchard

6365 4 Mile Rd NE, Ada, MI 49301

Apple Picking at Blok Orchard
45 acres of apple trees make for an amazing u-pick experience.

Varieties include Zestar, Paula Red, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Spy, Golden Delicious, Gala, Ida Red, Mutsu, Red Delicious & Jonagold.

More about this Apple Orchard
The Blok family has been supplying west Michigan with farm fresh produce since 1965.

The farm offers u-pick apples, peaches, plums and pumpkins along with other fruits and veggies in the market.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Closed Sundays
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

6: Brechting Farms

1307 6 Mile Road NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Apple Picking at Brechting Farms
Varieties available for U-Pick vary with the season but at times include Empire, Rome and red delicious apples.

More about this Apple Orchard
Celebrating a 153-year-old family farm tradition. Fruits and vegetables in season.

Step into our fields and experience selected U-Pick including tomatoes, peppers, beans, pickles, pumpkins, apples, and more.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
August – November, Mon. Sat. 9-6
August – October, Sun. 12-3
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Crane Orchards Honeycrisp apples
cranes orchards u pick apples honeycrisp
Crane Orchards apple picking
Cranes Orchards U Pick Apples Building

7: Cranes Orchards

6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408

Apple Picking at Cranes Orchards
Choose from a variety of apples to pick, including Gala, Empire, Fuji, Braeburn, and Honeycrisp, depending on the time of season. Apple picking season usually ends in late October.

Honeycrisp start picking on September 15, 2021 and there are lots out there!

Open daily weather permitting during apple season. (If questionable weather, call 269-561-8651)

How to pick apples at Crane's Orchards:

1. Check-in at the U-Pick barn. Talk to the greeters about apple picking options - they'll point you to the locations of the available varieties. Pick up any bags you may need here, or bring your own reusable shopping bags. Grab a wagon if needed, or bring your own if you have one - they have a limited number available and wagons are only for use by those picking fruit.

2. Pick your apples; you can mix and match the varieties in your bags because all of the U-Pick apples are the same price per pound.

Apples are $1.25/lb.

3. Check out at the U-Pick Barn. They'll weigh your apples. During the week you may also purchase your corn maze tickets at check-out as well. They accept cash or card (cards require a $5 minimum purchase).

More about this Apple Orchard
Crane Orchards is definitely a destination!

Crane's Orchards operates two related, yet separate, locations on 12th Ave in Fennville, MI (close to Saugatuck.)

Choose to visit Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery, Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze, or both destinations.

They have over 17 different varieties of apples, 10 varieties of peaches & sweet cherries for u-pick. Open daily weather permitting during apple season.

Their restaurant serves up tasty meals as well as an amazing selection of pie (whole or by the slice.) They also have wine tasting.

There's a corn maze here, too.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
U-Pick & Corn Maze Hours:
Open daily, 10am - 6pm

Restaurant & Winery Hours: ​
OPEN DAILY (closed Tuesdays) 11am - 6pm

Bakery & Retail Hours
OPEN DAILY 9am - 6pm
Tuesdays: 9am - 4pm
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Apples in a pink truck at Ed Dunneback Farm

8: Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm

3025 6 Mile Rd, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Apple Picking at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm
Pick your own amazing apples at Ed Dunneback & Girls.

Pricing for u-pick varies from season to season depending on the success of the growing season.

Varieties available for apple picking may include: Gala, Jonagold, Empire, Yellow Delicious⁠ and Honeycrisp.

Contact the farm for specific picking hours and availability.

Taste testing encouraged!

More about this Apple Orchard
Edwin Dunneback purchased the farm in 1922. He farmed 170 acres of apples, peaches, corn, hay, and a herd of dairy cows.

Today, this is a fifth-generation family farm.

The barn was built in 1938 and is now home to a fresh produce market, gift shop, bakery, kitchen & taproom.

U-pick fruit, sunflowers, a corn maze, playground, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and other events round out their offerings.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Kitchen and activities until 4)
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Kitchen and activities until 4)
Closed Monday
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Fruit Ridge Hayrides apple orchard
Fruit Ridge Hayrides apple orchard

9: Fruit Ridge Hayrides

11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City, MI 49330

Apple Picking at Fruit Ridge Hayrides
The trees are just the right height for little ones to help with the picking!

There are so many varieties to choose from. You can mix and match your bag or stick to one variety.

Varieties include Honeycrisp, Fuji, Golden & Red Delicious, Jonathan, Empire and Rome. Check their website for full list and availability.

U-Pick open September 25th - October 31st, 2021, Fri - Sun only.

Monday - Thursday for groups by reservation only.

More about this Apple Orchard
Fruit Ridge Hayrides checks all the boxes for fall fun.

Whether it’s picking apples in the orchard, taking a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, or finding your way through one of the largest corn mazes in Western Michigan, there’s sure to be something for everyone this fall at Fruit Ridge Hayrides.

Open weekends from mid-September through October. Private groups by reservation only during the week.

They also have a great playground and fire pit area, as well as a donut barn.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Friday 5-9 PM (Oct ONLY)
Saturday 10 AM - 9 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

10: Grange Ave. Market & You-Pick Orchard

1900 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

Apple Picking at Grange Ave. Market & You-Pick Orchard
You pick Honeycrisp & Gala apples.

More about this Apple Orchard
Fruit Market and You-Pick Orchard.
Pumpkins & Gourds. U-Pick apples. Supply of fruits and vegetables changes daily as they ripen.
Farm Market is on 13 Mile Rd. West of Algoma ave 1/4mile. 15-20 Minute drive north of Grand Rapids, MI.

Apple Orchard Open Hours

*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

boy picking apples at gull meadow farms

11: Gull Meadow Farms

8544 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083

Apple Picking at Gull Meadow Farms
In addition to the 25+ varieties they sell in the market, Gull Meadow Farms offers nine varieties during U-Pick season: Jonagold, Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Rome, Mutsu, Fuji, and Granny Smith.

Contact them with any questions about a specific variety.

Sign up for "Apple Alerts" to ensure you don't miss your favorite variety.

Apple picking pricing:
Peck: $13.00
1/2 Bushel: $22.00

You do not have to pay admission in order to pick apples.

More about this Apple Orchard
Located in Richland, Gull Meadow Farms is much more than a spot to grab some apples or pick a pumpkin (although they do offer both).

This farm continues to grow each year, now offering over 30 fall activities, summer events and Christmas events with Santa.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (daytime hours end at 4:00)

Friday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM (daytime hours end at 4:00)

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

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12: Hanulcik Farm Market

1425 N. State Rd., Ionia, MI 48846

Apple Picking at Hanulcik Farm Market
Open each summer for both fresh picked and pick-your-own. Families with children are welcome! 1 1/2 miles north of M-21 in Ionia, MI.

Apple varieties include:
Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Ida Red, Jonathan, McIntosh, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Paula Red and Red Delicious.

Feel free to bring your containers to pick in or buy supplies at the farm.

Call ahead or check their FB page for open picking times - they vary throughout the season based on availability and weather.

More about this Apple Orchard
Hanulcik Farm Market is a 3rd generation family farm with a specialty for Michigan-grown fruit.

Strawberries (June), peaches, plums and nectarines (July-August), and twelve varieties of apples (Late August, September and October).

Apple Orchard Open Hours

MONDAY: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
TUESDAY: [CLOSED on Tuesdays].
WEDNESDAY: [CLOSED on Wednesdays].
THURSDAY: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
FRIDAY: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
SATURDAY: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
SUNDAY: 10:00am – 5:00pm.
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

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13: Kooistra Orchards

11694 S Maple Island Rd, Twin Lake, MI 49457

Apple Picking at Kooistra Orchards

They offer a variety of u-pick apples throughout the season.

This year, they have a smaller crop/supply due to frost. In the 2021 list, there are asterisks next to the varieties that have the worst frost damage.

They will be updating the status on Facebook each week with more information.

More about this Apple Orchard
U-Pick apples are only available on the weekend.
Self-serve fruit stand is open daily.

Apple Orchard Open Hours

*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Lewis Farms apple picking

14: Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo

4180 West M-20, New Era, MI 49446

Apple Picking at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
Depending on timing, you may be able to pick Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Janagold, McIntosh, Red Delicious, or other types of apples.

More about this Apple Orchard
Owned by the same family for five generations, Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo is a great destination for families of all ages.

Visit with over 100 animals and enjoy nearly 50 different activities and attractions.

The farm is great for field trips, birthday parties and any other event.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Lewis Farms is open Monday – Saturday: 9am - 6pm & Sunday 10am - 5pm.
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Moelker Orchards apple picking

15: Moelker Orchards

9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

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.

More about this Apple Orchard
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.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturdays - 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Rasch Cherries & Apples apple picking

16: Rasch Cherries & Apples

17647 40th Avenue, Conklin, MI 49403

Apple Picking at Rasch Cherries & Apples
U-pick apples are now available at Rasch.
Varieties include Honey Crisp, Gala, and Golden Supreme.

More about this Apple Orchard
This fun family farm offers Upick apples, pumpkins, sunflowers, along with a variety of prepicked fruits and veggies.

Their delicious homemade baked goods include fresh donuts, hot turnovers, etc, all made or produced in-house or locally.

Rasch Cherries & Apples also has a kids area and a few animals.

And to top it all off, they also have a sunflower maze and a corn maze.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Farm is open starting September 3, 2021

Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sundays: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Schwalliers Apple Picking

17: Schwallier’s Country Basket

1185 9 Mile Rd, Sparta, MI 49345

Apple Picking at Schwallier’s Country Basket
Schwallier’s Country Basket grows over 15 varieties of apples including Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, Empire and Cortland.

​For the most up-to-date u-pick information, please check their Facebook page or call before you plan to pick.

More about this Apple Orchard
Schwallier’s Country Basket first opened their barn doors in 1989.

The store has grown from a roadside produce stand into a thriving farm market. Each year they try to add new, fun activities for families.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:00pm

Closed Labor Day

After Labor Day
Monday-Friday 7:00am-6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-6:00p
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Steffens Orchard Market apple picking

18: Steffens Orchard Market

4344 13 Mile Rd NW, Sparta, MI 49345

Apple Picking at Steffens Orchard Market
U-Pick apples varieties include Blondee, Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Ida Red, Fuji, and Cameo.

Already picked are available in the market.

More about this Apple Orchard
This 4th generation, family owned farm on over 300 acres produces apples, sweet cherries and pumpkins.

In a normal year most of the apples picked at Steffens Orchards are sold fresh in grocery stores across the Eastern United States, England, Israel, Central America and South America. Apples that aren't eaten fresh are used to make apple cider, applesauce, slices for processing, and apple desserts.

Apple Orchard Open Hours
Sept 12 - Oct 30 (Tuesday - Sunday): 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Closed Mondays
*Call to confirm apple picking schedule

Apple Picking Tips

Pro Tips: Before You Go Apple Picking

It’s a good idea to call ahead or visit the orchard’s Facebook page before you head out to pick apples.
Some places on this list are only open by reservation.

When you call, ask:
“What are you picking today? When are you offering U-Pick?” 
All U-pick days are not created equal. Apple varieties ripen at different times and orchards will not be open for U Pick apples every single day.

“What type of payment do you accept?” and “What’s the price?
Be prepared to bring cash. Some places take checks. Smaller operations may not have the ability to accept credit cards.

“Is there a restroom?”
It’s a good idea to know the status of the facilities, especially if you’re bringing kids along.

“How do we find you?” 
Often, the address listed by a farm is for the main farmhouse, office, or farm market.  And it can be really hard for a GPS to pinpoint a field of strawberries if it doesn’t have its own separate address.  So, go old-fashioned and get directions when you call.

“What do we need to bring?” 
Bringing your own containers to transport your fruit home is common across West Michigan.

Map of Apple Orchards in Michigan, West Side

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We’re Spoiled by Michigan Apples

I used to take our apples for granted.

But, as I’ve grown older I’ve learned that Michigan is a special place that has the perfect climate for fruit growing – including apples.

That’s not the case everywhere.

Turns out, the sometimes-wacky lake effect weather we get in our Great Lakes State actually creates the perfect formula for growing apples. The heavy snow, humid summers, and delays in spring and fall are good things when it comes to tending apple orchards in Michigan. 

Our proximity to the Great Lakes and our rich soil complete this perfect growing storm. While an orange tree wouldn’t love our chilly winters, apple trees are very hardy and love the cold. 

The very weather we shake our heads at and joke about creates ideal growing conditions for the best apples in the world, making Michigan the third-largest apple-producing state.

I’m glad to know this crazy weather mix is actually good for something!

Michigan Apple Trivia

How Much Do You Know About Our Apples?

– Michigan is home to 825 family-run apple farms.

– There are more than 200 farm markets, cider mills, and u-pick orchards in our state.

– Apple Picking season in West Michigan typically runs from late August through October.

– 11.3 million commercially-producing apple trees are located in Michigan.

– Michigan apples are distributed to retailers and supermarkets in more than 30 states.

What Month is Best for Apple Picking in Michigan?

Knowing when to head out is the first step in having a great U-Pick experience at apple orchards in Michigan.

Every year, the Michigan Apple Committee releases an apple harvest schedule.

As you can see, harvest times vary with the type of apple.

Apple Picking times will also depend on which part of the state you are in.

For the most part, though, you can count on finding U Pick apples at apple orchards from late August through October.

You’ll want to confirm with your apple picking farm before heading out, though. Apples ripen at different times every year and orchard policies change on a yearly basis, too.

Michigan Apple Harvest Schedule
Michigan Apple Committee Releases a Harvest Schedule Every Year

What to Do with the Apples You Picked

Fresh apples will last a long time if stored in a cool, dry location, but if you have a large quantity, there are many different ways you can use them. 

What I love about apple picking is that our perfect conditions produce such a delicious, sweet apple that you really don’t have to add much to it. 

I make applesauce every year and I never put a drop of sugar in it, because it just doesn’t need it! 

making applesauce
Picking Apples and Making Own Applesauce is a Family Tradition

You can also go sparingly on the sweetener in pies and other desserts because the flavor of the apples shining through is all you need for flavor perfection.

Some of our favorite tools for processing apples include the “apple swirler” as my kids call it. You can get it on Amazon and it comes apart for easier cleaning. We’ve owned two of these over the years – make sure to get a metal one – the plastic versions don’t hold up. You can find these at kitchen shops and usually Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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If you’re going to be processing a large number of apples, it’s worth it to invest in something like a food mill.

You can get hand-crank options with a variety of blades to choose from. The beefiest food mills can be over $100, while the smaller versions start at around $20. There are also KitchenAid mixer attachments that will do the trick.

In addition to making applesauce and freezing it to enjoy throughout the year, I like to make an apple pie or apple crisp.

I often make an extra pie to freeze and pull out later for Thanksgiving and Christmas (Just defrost then bake as usual!)

Make apple pie with u pick apples
Freeze an uncooked apple pie to bake at a later date

I came across this personalized pie plate on Etsy and I think it’s a really neat way to pass down family traditions and special recipes.

This Etsy shop takes your (or grandma’s) handwritten recipes or photos and applies them to a 9.5″ custom pie plate. Maybe the best thing about this? You can order multiples, so everyone that wants a copy of grandma’s recipe can get one.

Handwritten Personalized Pie Plate

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If you want to get more creative with your apples, check out the recipe section of the Michigan Apple Committee’s website.

They have a guide of recipes sorted by category: beverages, sides, main dishes, and desserts to name a few.

I can’t wait to dig into some of these recipes with my apples this year…if my kids don’t eat them all first!

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