North Metro Apple Orchards: Pickings for Twin Cities Families

North Metro Apple Orchards

For a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.

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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 also 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).

Deer Lake Orchard

1903 10th St SW, Buffalo MN 55313
In addition to the fresh picks there is live music on fall weekends, a corn maze to meander through, wagon rides, a little train, animals to meet…all the classic orchard activities you’d hope to find.  

Orchard Notes:

Hours: Open starting September 9, 2023. Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm.
Picking: Apples both u-pick and pre-picked.
Prices: Activities $4 each or $20/wristband.

Sunrise River Farm

7602 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN 55092
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 and the barrel train.

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!

Orchard Notes:

Hours: Open Thurs-Sunday; 10am-6pm starting Labor Day weekend 2023 thru the end of October.
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.

Woods’ Edge Apples Orchard

1901 50th St NE, Buffalo, MN 55313
A small, family-run farm and orchard where you can pick your own apples this fall. Plus, u-pick raspberries and sweet resident goats to greet you. Slow down your pace out here in the Twin Cities northwest suburbs.

North Metro Orchards that do NOT offer U-pick apples

Applecrest Orchards

7306 24th Ave N, Hugo, MN 55038
Hours: Wed-Fri, 4-7pm & 10am-6pm weekends. August 26 through November 12, 2023.
Offering: Pre-picked apples, pumpkins, and local honey.

Pine Tree Apple Orchard

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 and live music on select weekends. Get the full fall schedule here.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards – Permanently Closed

Remick’s Orchard

18978 Lake George Blvd NW, Oak Grove, MN 55303
The orchard north of the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area closed for good in 2021.

Victoria Valley Orchard

4304 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
Closed indefinitely. Read the family’s Facebook post here.

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