Apples don’t just keep the doctor away—they can also make for a day full of family fun! Apple picking is already a treasured tradition for many Chicago families, but if you don’t have a spot to call your own, check out one of these local farms—all a doable hour’s drive from the city.
Pick. at Garden Patch Farms: Fall produce includes more than 60 varieties of apples and pears, but they’re not the only thing on the menu at this family-owned Homer Glen farm. Pick a peck of peppers (or potatoes), and be sure to stop to feed the hens that lay fresh eggs daily. $5 to enter fields.
Kuipers Family Farm: Pick your own apples on the weekends in Maple Park ($9 per person), choosing from more than a dozen varieties this month alone. The Orchard Shop sells additional fruit, plus doughnuts, pies and fudge. And if you’re looking for family fun, there’s pony rides, a petting zoo, a corn maze and pig races ($8.75 weekdays; $11.75 weekends).
Apple Holler: It’s right there in the name: this place just over the border in Wisconsin is all about the apples. The 30,000 trees are specially grown so you don’t need a ladder to find the best fruit. Plus you’ll see goats climbing on the Golden Goat Bridge, ride pedal carts and laugh at scarecrows in the Farm Park. Prices vary.
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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