Door County may be best known for its cherries, but apples also have a deep-rooted history in the area’s orchards. In fact, Door County grows more apples than any other region in the state. So grab your friends and your favorite hoodie, and head out for the quintessential fall-in-Door-County experience with a trip to pick your own apples. Here’s a look at some of the growers up and down the peninsula offering you-pick apples.
Cherry Lane Orchards
7525 Cherry Lane in Sturgeon Bay
With a focus on creating memorable you-pick experiences, Cherry Lane Orchards grows cherries and apples on 13 acres. Enjoy a family-friendly outing, complete with picnic tables for sampling some of the McIntosh and Cortland apples you’ve picked or a picnic lunch you’ve packed. Open for picking on the weekends and by appointment. Orchard managers anticipate opening for the season the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October.
4594 Cty HH in Sturgeon Bay
Open daily through October, Choice Orchards kicked off its 2022 pick-your-own season with Gala and McIntosh and, at its farm market, prepicked Red Frees, Zestars, Ginger Golds and RubyMacs. In addition to apples (and cherries in season), Choice Orchards offers an assortment of jams, jellies, juices, prepicked apples and other farm treats. Open daily, 9 am – 5 pm, until the end of October.
8240 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek
The family-owned farm market, established in 1958, is open all year long, but when produce is in season, it offers a variety of pick-your-own options from cherries to raspberries to apples. After you’re done picking, stop in the store to select an assortment of delicious canned products, including jams, jellies, pie filling, salsas and more, as well as cherry juice, ciders and frozen cherries.
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country
9197 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek
Starting Sept. 23 until mid-October, Lautenbach’s offers pick-your-own apples daily, as well as bags of preharvested apples. Return throughout the season to enjoy several varieties when they’re ripe, including – but not limited to – Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Macoun, Blondee, Jonagold and Regency. Just provide the pickers (that’s you!), and the orchard supplies the bags. When you’re done picking, head inside the market to sample award-winning wines and take home a dozen (or more) apple-cider donuts. Open Sunday-Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 5:30 pm.
2575 S. Shiloh Road in Sturgeon Bay
First known as Stoney Acres, this five-generation family farm has grown many different crops since its founding in 1879. Today, in addition to sweet and tart cherries, Robertson Orchards grows 16 varieties of apples and offers pick-your-own fruit during the peak of the season. No time to pick? Visit the self-serve orchard store. Open seven days a week, 9 am – 7 pm.