Although Door County cherries capture the spotlight in the summer, the fruit of the fall is undoubtedly the apple. It’s an annual harvest that begins in September and lasts into October, and there are many places around the county where you can pick your own. Make a day of it by exploring the orchards and learning about the many varieties of delicious apples grown here. Several orchards are already open, and many are slated to open this weekend, including:
Cherry Lane Orchards, 7525 Cherry Lane, Sturgeon Bay
Choice Orchards, 4594 Cty HH, Sturgeon Bay
Fellner Orchards, 4214 Cherry Road, Sturgeon Bay
Hyline Orchards, 8240 Hwy 42, Fish Creek
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country, 9197 Hwy 42, Fish Creek
Robertson Orchards of Door County, 2575 S. Shiloh Road, Sturgeon Bay
If you’ve already had your share of apple picking, perhaps it’s time to try picking a lesser-known fruit. Hidden Acres Farm in Sister Bay is offering you-pick aronia berries (chokeberries), an option that lets you take home your harvest at a discount. According to the instructions, it takes an hour to an hour and a half to pick a full, 16-pound bucket. The berries are a rich source of antioxidants and make excellent additions to smoothies. Visit instagram.com/hiddenacresdoorcounty/ for more picking information and instructions.