Apple cobbler with bake cinnamon and sugar topping in ceramic bowl with spoon. Sitting on cupboard w/ apples and apple peelings around.

Apples and Pumpkins and Corn. Oh My!!

“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”

Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

If this is how you feel about fall, you won’t want to miss out on these great autumn destinations in our area for fresh produce, baked goods, and a whole lot of fun.

Stock up on your favorite varieties of apples to eat right now. Or, bake them into that warm, toasty cobbler.  Pick up a couple of pumpkins for decorating and a variety of other fall produce while you’re out.

Enjoy the fall colors and the memory-making activities like Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Chucker Flinger Thingers.  Here are some of our favorites for apples and pumpkins and corn. Oh my!!

Apples for sale in bushel baskets

Apples

Dassel Hillside Farm

Peak apple season starts in mid-August. However, each variety of apple will be at its ripest at different times throughout the fall season.  Check out the Dassel Hillside Farm website, and they can tell you roughly which week each type of the 13 different varieties of apples they grow will be ripe for the picking.

Then take a drive out to the Hillside Farm where their apples are conveniently picked, washed, sorted and bagged for you. Yummy jams, caramel, and pies are also available for purchase.

Dassel Hillside Farm

Season: Opens Aug 28

Hours: Wed-Sat only, 10-6

Admission:  $0

Phone: 320-275-2622

Address: 24492 Minnesota Highway 15, Dassel, MN

Collegeville Orchards

If you are looking for more than just apples, Collegeville Orchards, located near St Cloud may be the destination for you. In addition to apples for sale starting Labor Day Weekend, they also have pumpkins, grapes, and other fall produce.  Need to find something to whip up that cobbler?  Local maple syrup, honey, and mixes are also available.

Are you hoping for more than just a quick trip to a produce store? They’ve got you covered there too.  Wagon rides and pumpkin painting await.  There is also a petting zoo with rabbits, mini horses, and alpacas, among other furry creatures.

Assuming the weather is cooperating, you are invited to meander through the orchards (no apple-picking please) or a quick 2 miles down the road you can stroll the walking trails at St John’s University.

Collegeville Orchard

Season: Open 7 days a week starting Aug 30

Hours: 10 – 6

Admission: $3 Wagon Ride, $3 Pumpkin Painting

Phone: 320-356-7609

Address: 15517 Fruit Farm Road, St Joseph, MN

Two little kids painting with colors on pumpkins

And Pumpkins

Nelson Farm

If it’s pumpkins you’re after, you will want to stop by the Nelson Farm in Litchfield. They have a Pumpkin Festival that runs weekends in late September and October and during MEA.

Included with the price of admission are the Pumpkin Chucker Flinger Thinger (trebuchet), Farm Animals, and a Straw Maze among many, many more attractions. For a few extra bucks, you can indulge in the fresh produce and food for sale, ride a pony, or take a spin on the combine.

For a list of all the activities, and more details on scheduled events, check out their website.

Nelson Farm

Season: Open weekends starting Sept 28

Hours: Saturdays and MEA 11-5, Sundays 12-5

Admission: $9.50

Phone: 320-693-7750

Address: 23618 CSAH 1, Litchfield, MN

K&B Kreekside Orchard

Find family-friendly respite and fresh produce galore at K&B Kreekside Orchard.  They are open weekends.

Starting the first weekend in September, they have potatoes, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, and raspberries, and of course, apples.  Zestars are the first to be harvested, and the Honeycrisp and Haralsons will be ready a few weeks after that.

Call ahead, and you can arrange to pick-your-own raspberries while they last!

K&B Kreekside Orchard hosts an open house from 10-2 on Saturday, October 5.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy apple cider, coffee, door prizes, and more!

K&B Kreekside Orchard (Facebook)

Season: Open weekends in Sept and Oct

Hours: Saturdays 10-6, Sundays 12-6

Admission: $0

Phone: 320-593-8189

Address: 23578 Minnesota Highway 22, Litchfield, MN

Father and child walking on a path through a corn field

And Corn. Oh my!!

For a full-day adventure that will make you say “Oh my!” try one of the following venues.

A Maze’n Farmyard

If fall makes you feel like being a kid again, then the A Maze’n Farmyard is the place for you.

Step into the barn and hang out with the farm animals or into the walk-in birdhouse. Play some mini-golf, head to the giant or three-story silo slides, or try your hand at the 20,000 sq ft maze.

And corn?  Yep — the little ones can hang out in the corn pit or enjoy some popcorn from the snack shop.

Speaking of snacks, feel free to bring a picnic lunch, but don’t forget to finish off the day with some ice cream. Leave with a lovely item from the gift shop to memorialize your A Maze’n time at the A Maze’n Farmyard.

A Maze’n Farmyard

Season: Open weekends in Sept and Oct

Hours: Saturdays 10-6, Sundays 12-6

Admission: $12+tax for ages 3 and over

Phone: 320-453-6901

Address: 57645 State Hwy 55 Eden Valley, MN

A and G Corn Maze

 

Beyond the usual pumpkin patch and hayrides, this place has a giant jumping pillow for all ages. When you’re finished bouncing,  you can even “ooh and ah” at the pumpkin cannon.

And corn, yes there is plenty of corn — 13+ acres of it to be exact, divided into beginner and expert level mazes.

If it starts to get a bit chilly, step inside their heated concession building for made on-site kettle corn, walking tacos, hot gourmet beverages, and much more.

Once you step back outside, keep an eye out for a unicorn on the loose as you wander into the human foosball game. It’s all good at A and G!

A and G Corn Maze

(Website may be under construction while they update with this year’s information.  In the meantime, you can check out their Facebook page here: A and G Corn Maze)

Season: Open weekends in Oct, and Friday, Oct 18

Hours: 11 – 5:30

Admission: $12 (ages 12+), $8 (ages 1-11), some additional attractions are $3/ticket

Phone: 320-290-0907

Address: 10448 345th St, St Joseph, MN

 

Can you taste the cobbler and hot apple cider already?  Grab your besties and head for one of these must-do fall outings this weekend!

 

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