How Do You Like Them Apples? Your 2018 Local U-Pick Guide

September 10, 2018

Even though we are looking at temperatures boomeranging back into the 80s later this week, right now the unmistakable smell of fall is in the air and triggering all those flannel-cider-leaf crunching urges. So before you start sweating again, head out on an orchard trip to pick the early arrivals (Honeycrisps, anyone?) and enjoy this beautiful Southwest Michigan bounty.

 

We've put together all the best spots to get your apple picking on. Enjoy!

 

 

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN U-PICK APPLE ORCHARDS

 

Shafer Orchards | Baroda

Apples: Molly’s Delicious, Golden Supreme, Gala, HoneyCrisp, MacIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Empire, Bella, Sonata, Snow Sweet, Cameo, Ida Red, Mutsu, Fuji, Rome 

- Pets/picnics welcome
9 am-6 pm daily |
 207 Shafer Rd, Baroda | 269-422-1972

 

Stover's Farm Market & U-Pick | Berrien Springs

Apples: Molly Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Red Rome, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonathan, Mutsu
- Grapes, pumpkins, fall raspberries, 
market with jams, honey, pickles, salsas and more

9 am-6 pm Mon-Sat | 37837 M-139, Berrien Springs | 269-471-1401

 

Earth First Farms | Berrien Center

Apples (certified organic/$1 per lb): Paula Red, Empire, Jonathan, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Rome, Ida Red, Cortland, Honeycrisp, JonaGold

- Cider, picnic area, annual harvest party; dogs welcome

10-6 Fri-Sun | 8335 Smith Rd, Berrien Center, MI 49102 | 269-815-3370

 

Jollay Orchards | Coloma

Apples: Molly's Red Delicious, Gala, MacIntosh, Jonathan, Honeycrisp, Red/Golden Delicious, JonaGold, Mutsu, Cameo, Granny Smith

- Pumpkins, farm market, bakery, picnic area, family activities, harvest festival
10 am-5 pm | daily | 1850 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI | 269-468-3075

 

Fruit Acres Farm Market & U-Pick | Coloma

Apples: ($1.25 per pound): Gala, Blondee and McIntosh

- peaches (Autumnstar), ready-picked produce, refreshments, picnic area, playground, pumpkin patch, hay rides
10 am-5 pm Sat-Sun | 2789 Friday Rd, Coloma | 269-468-5076

 

Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm | Eau Claire

Apples: Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden/Red Delicious, Holiday, Jonathan, McIntosh, Mutsu, Red Rome, Paula Red, Ida Red, Calville Blanc D'hiver, Margil, allwater/Tulpehocken, Esopus Spitzenberg and more
- Nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, cafe/bakery, farm market, orchard tours, picnic area, tree rentals, special events
10 am-6 pm Wed-Mon | 351 E. Eureka Rd,R Eau Claire | 269-782-7101 or 877-863-3276

 

Crane's U-Pick Farm | Fennville

Apples: Early/Late Gala, Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Mac, Cortland, Fuji, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Jonagold, Rome Winesap and Ida Reds

- Nectarines, pumpkins, chestnuts, fall vegetables 

9-6 Mon-Sat | 10-6 Sun | 6017 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408 | 269-561-5126 

 

Crane Orchards | Fennville

Apples ($1 per lb): Gala, Empire, Red Delicious, Macintosh, Cortland, Ida Red, Golden Supreme, Jonagold, Mutsu, Blondee, Fuji, Braeburn, Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, Cameo, Northern Spy, Late Fuji

- Pumpkins, corn maze, hay rides, cow train, adjacent restaurant
10-6 daily | 6054 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408 | 269-561-8651

 

Evergreen Lane Farm | Fennville

- 4 varieties of apples (no spray);  $1/lb

- goat cheese

- Recommendations: bring own bag and wear long pants, socks and close-toed shoes

10-5 Sat-Sun | 1824 66th St, Fennville, MI | 269-543-9900

 

Big Dan's U-PickHartford

- apples (Paul Red, Gala, MacIntosh, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Ida Red, Empire, Jonathan, Northern Spy, Mutsu, JonaGold, Red Rome, Fuji,  Granny Smith, Corland) 

- hay rides, local donuts, maple syrup, honey, jams, mums
10 am-6 pm daily| 65980 66th Avenue, Hartford | 269-621-4037

 

Gull Meadow FarmsKalamazoo

- Apples: Blondee, Early Gold, Sansa, Gala, Honey Gold, JonaGold, JonaMac, Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Early Fuji, Empire, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Jonathan, McIntosh, Macoun, Ida Red, Red Delicious, Rome, Fortune, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Crimson Topaz, Cameo, Fuji, Granny Smith, Braeburn

- Pumpkins, donuts, wagon rides, market/bakery, family activities, farm animals, corn maze

Thu 4-7 | Fri 4-8 | Sat 10-8 | Sun 10-6 | 8544 Gull Road, Richland | 269-629-4214


VerHage Fruit Farms & Cider Mill | Kalamazoo

Apples:

- Fresh-made pies, cider, donuts, fudge, caramel apples, danishes and cinnamon rolls,

barnyard animals, zip line, jump pad, "tractor driving school," apple train, face painting and more (weekends only)

9 am- 6 pm daily | 8619 W ML Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-375-0153 |

 

Lehman's Orchards | Niles

Apples ($1.50 per lb): Honeycrisp & others
- Fall raspberries, blackberries, 
market with cider, fudge, wine, nut butters, honey, jam, nuts, peas & seeds, dried fruit and more

12-5 pm Sun-Fri & 9 am-5 pm Sat | 2280 Portage Road, Niles | 269-683-9078

 

Dutch Farm Market | South Haven

Apples: McIntosh, Gala, Honey Crisp, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Cortland, Yellow Delicious, Northern Spy, Ida Red, Rome

- Peaches, plums, pears, market/bakery with fruit, vegetables, ice cream, pies, jams and more, horse-drawn wagon rides, picnic/play area (cash only)

8 am-7 pm|6967 109th Ave, South Haven | 616-637-8334

 

Overhiser Orchards | South Haven

Apples: Paula Red, Mollie's Delicious, Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Empire, Macon, Mutsu, JonaGold, Red Delicious, Melrose, Ida Red, Yellow Delicious, Stayman Winesap, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Cameo, Golden Russet, Sonata, Red Rome, Fuji

- Plums, pumpkins, donuts, ready-picked produce, barnyard animals, playground area, fishing pond
9 am-5 pm daily | 6405 109th Ave, South Haven | 616-836-3298

 

Nye's Apple Farm | St Joseph

Apples: Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Red Delicious, Empire, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Ida Red, Jonagold, Jonathan, Rome, Winesap
- Grapes (Fredonia, Niagra, Concord), market with jams, honey, maple syrup, pies, breads, gift baskets, plants, candles, cookbooks and more
9 am-6 pm daily | 3151 Niles Road, St Joseph | 269-429-0596

 

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for our local guide to corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall bucket lists!

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