The autumn season brings with it many new activities, a new wardrobe, and especially new flavor cravings! As the temps cool, the desire to consume everything pumpkin spice flavored definitely increases. But right along with the PSL craze is another healthier option: apple orchards! From cute little shops with pre-packaged varieties to pick-your-own orchards, Greater St. Cloud is full of apple options. So whether you’re a Honeycrisp or a First Kiss kind of person, find what you’re craving at one of these great local orchards!
Located in the rolling hills of Collegeville, just up the road from St. John’s University, Collegeville Orchards is much more than just delicious apples. While they don’t offer u-pick apples, you can easily purchase a wide variety of apples by the 1/3 peck, 1/2 peck , 1/2 bushel, & bushel at the store. Not only that, but they offer pick your own pumpkins, wagon rides, a petting zoo, a gift shop, and more!
Nestled between Avon and Cold Spring, Hidden Cove Orchard features a huge home decor and gift shop plus beautiful orchards for you to stroll through – perfect for photo ops! Apples are available for purchase in the shop – check out their website here for regular updates on their varieties and when they are in season!
Bring the kiddos out for some apple-picking fun at Fairhaven Farm! This orchard offers both pick your own apples as well as purchasing apples in their shop. Speaking of the shop, experience all of the flavors of fall with not only apples, but pears, plums, grapes, jams, pies, crisps, caramel apples, honey, maple syrup, flowers and so much more.
Pick your own apples at J. Q. Fruit Farm! Bring a stroller or wagon for the kids and hit up the orchard for all your favorite apple varieties. Plus, fresh cider, fruit syrups, and jam is available while supplies lasts!