A list of six apple orchards - from simply a store to pick up your favorites, to full entertainment orchard experiences!
Last week we had a story from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture about the good apple crop in orchards this fall. Here is a list of orchards within a one hour drive of Sleepy Eye –– you might just want to pick up a bag of apples, or find the right place for a family experience!
A-Peeling Acres is closest to home, located just south of New Ulm on Shag Road off Highway 15 in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. This is a store where you can purchase bagged apples –– a delicious variety of 16 different Minnesota apples including Regent, Honeygold, Haralson, HoneyCrisp, Haralred, Zestar!, Northwest Greeling, William Pride, Connell Red, Fireside, Sweet 16 and others. Open daily September through November, Noon to 5 p.m. 507-354-4945
Welsh Heritage Farms is easy to find and only a half hour away, located on Highway 60 between Mankato and Lake Crystal. They say, "Our Apple Orchard & Pie Shop specializes in bringing amazing old world flavors to today’s consumer. Fruit tree sales in spring, tree ripened peaches in summer and fresh apples in fall. Apple harvest includes a large selection of MN apples: Honeycrisp, SweeTango, Haralson, Regent, Fireside and more. We have a wide variety of jams, honey, caramel apples, baked goods & other goodies." 507-726-6562 www.welshheritagefarm.com
Holmberg Orchard a little longer drive, about 40 miles, located in the country near Vesta. More than an orchard with special events most weekends. Sit and savor a piece of cinnamon-laced apple crisp or a gooey caramel apple. Take home a frozen apple pie or crisp to bake fresh for your family. Pre-picked and bagged Zestar!, Haralson, Honeycrisp, SweeTango, SnowSweet. Please call our Juicy Apple Line at (507) 762-3131 for a message about our weekly apple specials or if you are planning to make a visit for a special variety! Rustic gift shop. Weekend fun with Lunch Stand, play at Captain Lee’s Corn Boats, Straw Stack and hayrides to the Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch. Clowns & pony rides on select dates with no admission charge. September and October, open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November and December, call for hours. holmbergorchard.com
Center Creek Orchard by Fairmont - Center Creek Orchard is located in a beautiful country setting surrounded by a scenic wildlife area. The orchard has a variety of apples including Zestar!, SweeTango and Honey Crisp. Fall Festival providing hours of fun and entertainment includes a hayride, bouncers, trike track, barrel ride, apple sling, giant maze, scarecrow building, storytelling, super slide, haunted forest and Pick-Your-Own pumpkins! Also 9-hole miniature golf. Hours September and October: weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 507-773-4547 www.centercreekorchard.com
Timberlake Orchard another near Fairmont. They have 17 delicious apple varieties including: SweeTango, Zestar, Honeycrisp and a variety of garden vegetables including tomatoes, peppers, corn and pumpkins. Visit their storefront and see a vast selection of great items like apple peelers, wedgers, slicers and a great variety of soup mixes, candies, honey, seasonal decor and homemade crafts. See their website or check them out on facebook for seasonal hours, weekly specials and prize drawings. (507) 235-2648 www.timberlakeorchard.com
Stonegate Orchard, head southwest to Slayton. Stonegate Orchard is located just north of Slayton on Highway 59. Visit the Orchard for fresh apples, sweet caramel apples, old fashioned apple pies, pumpkins, honey, jams, special orchard blend Left Bank Cafe coffee, apple accessories, country gifts and more. Choose from 16 apple varieties, Pick-Your-Own apples, or pre-bagged apples. Open September through mid-November: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m. (507) 836-6655