Available in the Orchard for Pick-Your-Own!
For the season August through October
On our farm, we grow 10 varieties of apples, on over 3,000 trees, and 5 varieties of Minnesota Cold Climate wine grapes, on 3,100 individual vines. Some of the apples, and all of the grapes are used in winemaking at Parley Lake Winery.
Pick Your Own Tips
- Check out the "Ripe for the Picking" board to see what apples are ready for harvest, and how best to get them.
- Pick-your-own apples are sold by the bag. Please only use the bags we provide.
- Decide the quantity of apples you would like to pick. We offer three sizes of bags for purchase in the Apple Barn:
- 1/4 Peck - 2.5 pounds
- 1/2 Peck - 5 pounds
- 1 Peck = 10 pounds
- How many apples will I get?
- One pound of apples generally consists of 4 small apples, 3 medium apples, or 2 large apples
- Allow two pounds of apples for one 9-inch pie
- Two medium apples are needed to yield one cup of grated apples
- One bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds, and will yield 18-20 quarts of canned apple slices
- We do not have extra bags available for purchase out in the orchard, so be sure to purchase as many as you might need before heading out
- You can either hop on the tractor, or grab a red wagon and head out into the orchard. Enjoy the fresh country air and beautiful scenery while you fill your bags with apples.
- When selecting your apples, look for ones with good size and color. These will be the ripest and most flavorful.
- Gently lift and twist the apple off the branch, and then place the apple gently into your bag. Do not toss it in, as this will cause bruising.
- When there is more than one apple together on the branch, you will need to grasp one apple in each hand and twist in opposite directions. This will prevent dropping any apples on the ground. If an apple falls on the ground, do not pick it up off the ground. Leave it for the deer and other wildlife to clean up.
- Leave unripe fruit on the tree. The fruit left on the tree will continue to ripen and will hold for an extended amount of time before needing to be harvested.
- Do not overfill your bag, as it will break, and we do not supply new bags.
- Make sure to wear comfortable clothing.
- If you are bringing children, please take the time to speak with them about identifying and picking ripe fruit, and being gentle with the crops.
- Storing Apples :
- Once you get your apples home, you will need to keep them in a cool, dry place (preferably around 35- 45 degrees Fahrenheit), and away from sunlight. If there any punctured apples in the bag, remove them because they will be more likely to spoil. Harder apples will store better and for longer periods of time than soft varieties.