Grand Rapids UPick for Fall

‘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 while 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.

Robinette’s Apple Haus

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.

Thanks to our sponsor, Moelker Orchards & Farm Market.

Moelker Orchards is a favorite destination in West Michigan for fresh fruit, fall fun, and delicious baked goods from our own Old Bell Bakery! Our family-run farm has been in operation since 1907. Join us this fall to make some great memories!

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!

Ed Dunneback & Girls

Crane Orchards

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

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples, peaches and cherries, pumpkins, 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.

Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo

4180 West M-20, New Era | (231) 861-5730 | Facebook

What You’ll Find:  U-pick apples, pumpkin patch, corn maze, apple cider, donuts, wagon rides, outdoor activities, a petting zoo and more.

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, soups, donuts and more.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides

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

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, fresh apple cider, homemade donuts, horse drawn hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, playground and more.

Frugthaven Farm

11466. Cason City Rd, Greenville |  (616) 754-9223 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, Wagon Rides, cider, donuts, food trucks and lawn games on the weekends.

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

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, a petting zoo and a single track 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, duck races, and guided tours.

Schwallier’s Country Basket

Red Barn Market

3550 Alden Nash Ave. NE, Lowell | (616)987-3182 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples, and pumpkins, holiday themed maze, petting farm, ice-cream and cafe.

Red Barn Market

In search of the Perfect 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 picking!

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.

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 apples, pumpkins, strawberries and sweet cherries, farm market, corn maze, homemade pies, soups, donuts and more.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides

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

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, fresh apple cider, homemade donuts, horse drawn hayrides, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, playground and more.

Fruit Ridge Hayrides

Frugthaven Farm

11466. Cason City Rd, Greenville |  (616) 754-9223 | Facebook

What You’ll Find: U-Pick apples and pumpkins, Wagon Rides, cider, donuts, food trucks and lawn games on the weekends.

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 or pig train, rope maze, corn maze, tours, farm animals, play area, nature trail and more.

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, duck races, and 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.

Blok Orchard

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.

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