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

Cider and donut season has arrived in perfect tandem with the tantalizing fall weather here in Southwest Michigan (none of that lingering summer heat), as if we needed any extra motivation to get ourselves to the nearest apple orchard. I've got big baking plans for my first batch of hand-picked apples (caramel apple hand pies) going down this weekend -- how 'bout you?

Check out our guide to local orchards and then let's get picking!

Apple Picking | Southwest Michigan Kids


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-Pick | Hartford

- 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 Farms | Kalamazoo

- 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


- 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

Apple Picking | Southwest Michigan Kids

Did we miss your favorite? 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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