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Fall Festivals at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo offers all your favorites of the fall season! Wagon rides, U-pick apples, pumpkin patch, corn maze, apple cider, donuts, and that’s just the beginning! In addition to over 30 amazing outdoor activities and 75 friendly furry friends in our petting zoo, on festival weekends we also feature live music, free face painting, magic shows, pig racing, dog shows, and costumed characters.

Grand Rapids UPick for Fall

This information is valid for the 2018 picking season.

‘Tis the Season for Apples and Pumpkins!

Visiting an orchard isn’t only about bringing home produce – it’s about the experience of being outside surrounded by the beauty of the autumn season and making memories in the midst of lovely delicious fruit-bearing trees and vines.  Most orchards cater to families with fun fall activities which are sure to be a hit with your kids.  But the act of picking an apple off a tree (checking for bugs) and biting into it, is the highlight you and your kids will bring away.  My oldest child lost her first tooth doing exactly that! Also, what child doesn’t want to have a say in picking out the family fall pumpkin?

So pick an orchard or two and get ready for some fun, memorable family time.  This list of apple and pumpkin picking spots is one we come back to again and again.

Remember – CALL AHEAD before you head out to pick. Some places on our list are only open by reservation. When you call, ask:

  • “How’s the picking?”  All U-pick days are not created equal.  Aim for a day where the fruit is plentiful and close together and the picking will be easier, especially for younger kids.
  • “What type of payment do you accept?” and “What’s the price?” Be prepared to bring cash. Some places take checks. Smaller operations are not likely to have the ability to accept credit cards.
  • “Is there a restroom?”  When you have little kids you always need to ask this one.
  • “How do we find you?”  Often times, the address listed by a farm is for the main farm house or 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 ahead of time when you call.
  • “What do we need to bring?” Bringing your own containers to take your fruit home in is common across West Michigan.

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Where to Find UPick Apples

Ah, autumn in Michigan! We are so lucky to be in a place that grows dozens of different kinds of apples. They truly are all different, and we make use of them all at our house. Pies, crumbles, apple sauce, and just eaten on their own!

pick apples in Grand Rapids

Crane Orchards

6054 124th Ave, Fennville | (269) 561-8651 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples, peaches and cherries, hayrides, corn maze, cow train rides, photo sessions by appointment.

DK Orchards

18203 8th Ave, Conklin | (616) 899-5400 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples out of the bins, not in the orchard. U-pick for Strawberries, Blueberries, and Peaches.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market

3025 6 Mile Rd. Grand Rapids | (616) 784-0058 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-pick apples, pumpkins, strawberries and sweet cherries, farm market, corn maze, homemade pies.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides

11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City | (616) 887-5052 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, horse drawn hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, concessions.

Klackle Orchards

11466. Cason City Rd, Greenville |  (616) 754-8632 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Enchanted Pumpkin Rides, Farm Animal Petting Zoo,Train and Fire Truck Rides, Inflatables, Face painting, Corn Maze, Bakery, Cider Mill, Picnic & Bonfire Areas.

 

 

Moelker Orchards

9265 Kenowa Ave SW Grand Rapids | (616) 453-2585 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-pick apples, pumpkins and cherries, farm market, bakery, fall activities, horse-drawn wagon rides on Saturdays in October.

 

Robinette’s Apple Haus

3142  4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids | (800) 400-8100 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-pick Apples, pumpkins, winery, concessions, tours, hayrides, corn maze, Jumping Pillow, mountain bike trail.

Schwallier’s Country Basket

1185  9 Mile Rd, Sparta | (616) 785-9896 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples, raspberries and pumpkins, corn maze, petting farm, cow train, wagon rides, farm animal barn, straw mountain, guided tours.

 

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Pumpkin Patches Around Greater Grand Rapids

My kids love picking the family pumpkin to carve for Halloween. The goal is to find just the right broad, round face with plenty of room to design features even more (complicated) awesome than the year before. Of course the carver has the final say in what the design ends up being. You are sure to find the perfect pumpkin at one of these UPick orchards.  Happy hunting!

 

Bethke Farms

12124 136th Ave, Grand Haven  | (616) 846-8986 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick Pumpkins, hay rides, corn maze, fall decor, family fun.

Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm Market

3025 6 Mile Rd. Grand Rapids |  (616) 784-0058 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-pick pumpkins, apples, strawberries and sweet cherries, farm market, corn maze, homemade pies.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides

11966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City | (616) 887-5052 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, horse drawn hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, concessions.

Klackle Orchards

11466. Cason City Rd, Greenville | (616) 754-8632  | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Enchanted Pumpkin Rides, Farm Animal Petting Zoo,Train and Fire Truck Rides, Inflatables, Face painting, Corn Maze, Bakery, Cider Mill, Picnic & Bonfire Areas.

Moelker Orchard

9265 Kenowa Ave SW Grand Rapids | (616) 453-2585 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-pick apples and pumpkins, farm market, bakery, fall activities, horse-drawn wagon rides on Saturdays in October.

Post Family Farm

5081 Bauer Rd, Hudsonville | (616) 669-1964 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick pumpkins, road side stand with seasonal produce, donuts, pumpkin train, rope maze, corn maze, tours, farm animals, play area.

Schwallier’s Country Basket

1185  9 Mile Rd, Sparta  |  (616) 785-9896  | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick pumpkins, raspberries and apples, corn maze, petting farm, cow train, wagon rides, farm animal barn, straw mountain, guided tours.

Don’t Have Time for UPick? No Problem!

If you want apples or pumpkins but aren’t looking to pick them yourself, be sure to check out these other great places as well!

Blok Orchard

6365 4 Mile Road NE, Ada | (616) 676-1153 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: Apples, pumpkins, peaches, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, vegetables, flowers.

Heidi’s Farmstand and Bakery

11999 Cascade Rd, Lowell | (616) 897-6707 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: Apples, pumpkins, fruits and vegetables, bakery, corn maze, tube slide, donuts.

Koetsier’s Greenhouse

1601 Spaulding Avenue SE, Grand Rapids | (616) 949-7299 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: Pumpkins, plants, flowers, fall decorations, Fall Family Fun Play Area, and hayrides.

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By |2018-09-09T21:30:05+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Autumn, Fall, Outdoor Dining Fun|Tags: , , |9 Comments

About the Author:

Michelle Smith and her husband live in Lowell where they have been homeschooling their children for many years. They are currently educating four of them and have two graduates. Michelle enjoys classical ballet and live theater, especially musicals, both being in the audience and working backstage.

9 Comments

  1. Ellen September 13, 2016 at 9:08 am - Reply

    We picked Honey Crisp apples at Sietsma’s on Saturday, September 10 and they are some of the best apples we have EVER had!! I don’t know how long they are in season but they are wonderful. Although they don’t have all the rides/entertainment for kids, they deliver on flavor for cider and doughnuts. If you want quality, go here!!!

  2. Erin September 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Are there any organic u-pick farms for Apple picking?

  3. Cheryl September 13, 2015 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Any place I can get gourds?

    • Betsy B
      Betsy B September 14, 2015 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Aside from Farmer’s Markets, I know that Koetsier’s and Schwallier’s both carry gourds in their stores. I can’t speak for the other places, however. And they are not u-pick gourds.
      -Betsy

  4. Jenn Kent Petrauskas via Facebook September 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Tammy Bashaw Zemaitis

  5. Heather Baier via Facebook September 7, 2015 at 7:58 am - Reply

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  6. Leanne Lawrence via Facebook September 7, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Kids can not wait until its cow train riding time!

  7. Michelle Beukema via Facebook September 7, 2015 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Grange Fruit Farm, new u- pick near Rockford and Sparta (13 mile and Grange). Will have apples and pumpkins

  8. Ashley Reedy via Facebook September 7, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

    RJ Reedy, time to fill the calendar!!

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