Apples are a staple of Indiana and Michigan produce, and that crisp edge you feel in our morning weather means it’s time to start picking them.
We don’t need to convince you of the virtues of apples — they taste great sliced as a snack or baked into a pie or turnover. And with about 95 calories per fruit and high levels of dietary fiber and Vitamin C, they actually can help keep the doctor away.
If you would like the chance to select your own Granny Smith, Red Delicious or McIntosh apples – or sample the apple butter, cider and other treats offered at many orchards – peruse our list of Michiana apple orchards to find a grower near you.
Note: If you’re interested in a particular variety of apple, it’s a good idea to call ahead and find out when they will be ripe for the picking.
Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Farm Market
19498 Co. Rd. 38, Goshen, 574-533-6311
This market is open year-round, but during harvest season (September and October) Sunrise Orchards is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The orchard offers more than a dozen varieties of apples and many other types of fruit and treats like maple syrup, honey and popcorn. During the fall, you can pick your own apples (and, later in the season, Halloween pumpkins) or enjoy a weekend hayride.
Bender’s Nursery and Orchard
3133 W 300 S, Albion, 260-799-5772
Never tried a Hudson Golden Gem, Williams Pride or Arkansaw Black apple? Here’s your chance. This Noble County farm specializes in new and heirloom varieties of apples and is open from May to early December. Hours vary, so call before heading over.
Orchard Hill Farms
11061 E 415 N, Kendallville, 260-347-3682
You’d be hard-pressed to beat the variety at Orchard Hill Farms, which offers over 37 types of apples. This family-owned business is a wholesale provider but also runs a store on the premises which is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
2280 Portage Road, Niles, MI, 269-683-9078
This orchard offers a variety of fruit wines and freshly made cider in addition to hand-picked apples and other fruits. The premises are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
18720 Cleveland Ave., Galien, MI, 269-545-8313
This 20-acre farm offers both pick-your-own apples options for those looking for a fun activity and ready-picked fruits for those who just want to pick up a delicious haul! Springhope is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily between June and October.
Earth First Farms
8335 Smith Road, Berrien Center, MI, 269-815-3370
Dedicated to organic produce? So is Earth First Farms. Earth First offers you-pick on Fridays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during September and October. There is also a Harvest Festival held every season on the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October.
8198 Fleisher Lane, Berrien Springs, MI, 269-471-7558
While plenty of local growers offer plenty of opportunities to purchase produce during harvest season, Hillside Orchards keeps fruit in storage and stays open from July 4 through April 1 the next spring. Call for hours of operation.
More local apple orchards
501 W. Randolph St., Nappanee, 219-773-3923
Weiderman Fruit Farm
28749 Hackman Road, Sturgis, MI, 269-651-2273
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through December.
Hildebrand Fruit Farms
10267 Garr Road, Berrien Springs, MI, 269-471-1682
2993 E. Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs, MI, 269-471-2102
Offers pick-your-own during fall season. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Quint’s Fruit Farm
497 E. Shawnee Road, Baroda, MI, 269-422-1375
Offers you-pick apples and cider. Call for hours.
Phillippi Fruit Farm
13196 Cleveland Ave., Buchanan, MI, 800-422-1700
207 Shafer Road, Baroda, MI, 269-422-1972
Open from mid-August to mid-October, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday