The pickings are decidedly slimmer in the North Metro: a handful of orchards offer apples for sale, but you might invite disappointment if the kids have their hearts set on harvesting their own. I’ll list the orchards below that do not offer U-pick (because we feel some are worth a stop for some fresh produce or a chance to get outside) along with the lovely Sunrise River Farm that welcomes you to pick.
We were completely charmed by the atmosphere at Sunrise River Farm on the outskirts of Wyoming, Minnesota. We loved that even on a weekend, the orchard never felt crowded, that we could wander through the apple trees and pick without bumping into fellow harvesters, and the kids adored visiting with all the farm critters. Prepare to spend lots of time wandering the barn stalls and meeting the resident donkeys, chickens, pigs and more.
And though they’ve all got bikes at home, there’s nothing like tooling around on someone else’s, especially if there’s room for some cargo! Kids visiting the farm can play with the trikes and wagons, or burn off some energy on the playground. There’s no admission charge to enter the farm or for any of the activities beyond a small fee for the hayrides.
We were very pleased with the U-pick crop and beyond that, the Farm Market is filled with treats and other products to take home. Make sure to take advantage of all the samples offered before choosing one!
Location: 7602 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN 55092
Hours: Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 5pm and Saturdays, 8am – 6pm. Call 651-462-8220 to check for Sunday hours.
Picking: Consult this ripening chart to see what’s picking or call 651-462-8220 to check.
Prices: Apples are sold by half and quart-peck bags. Purchase your bag in the Farm Market before going out into the orchard to pick.
North Metro Orchards that do NOT offer U-pick apples
Victoria Valley Orchard
Location: 4304 N. Victoria St., Shoreview, MN 55126
Hours: Open daily 9am – 6pm
Offering: 19 varieties of apples available for purchase throughout the fall. Stop by the orchard for free samples in the market. Cash or check only, no credit cards accepted.
Highlights: Gianna’s kids were disappointed they couldn’t pick apples, but they got a kick out of the wildlife!
Pine Tree Apple Orchard
Location: 450 Apple Orchard Rd., White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Hours: Salesroom open Monday – Thursday, 9am – 7pm & Friday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Offering: A huge selection of pre-picked apples, bakery items, gifts, decor and much more. There is no charge to wander the grounds or the short “orchard trail”. Weekends bring on the hay & pony rides, a corn maze, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch (starting September 27) and live music on select weekends. Get the full fall schedule here.
Covered Bridge Farm
Location: 18655 Forest Blvd. N., Forest Lake, MN 55025
Hours: Call 651.464.0735 for hours. The website is not particularly helpful.
Offering: Pre-picked apples in the fall as well as PYO blueberries in early July and cut-your-own Christmas trees starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Location: 7306 24th Ave., Hugo, MN 55038
Hours: Open daily 9am – 7pm through mid-November
Offering: Pre-picked apples, pumpkins, and local honey