Where to pick apples in the Chicago area


By Elizabeth Diffin

Senior Editor

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.



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