Cool weather this week might gave you looking for some fresh, local apples for your fall baking. Check out these local orchards for pick-your-own as well as ready-to-go bunches of apples.

Collegeville Orchards

Collegeville Orchards is in the scenic Collegeville hills near Saint Joseph. The fall apple orchard season featuring your favorite Minnesota grown apples begins Labor Day weekend and goes through the month of October. Hours & Directions

Hidden Cove Orchard

Hidden Cove Orchard, located along Big Fish Lake near Cold Spring, is more than an off-the-beaten-path location to purchase apples. It’s a full fall experience. A visit to their Minnesota apple orchard will bring back memories of childhood days gone by. Hours & Directions

Fairhaven Farm

Starting around Labor Day weekend Fairhaven Farm near South Haven opens up the grounds for a themed corn maze, and pick-your-own apples, grapes, raspberries, and pumpkins. The farm is known for producing their own varieties of apples, like KinderKrisp and Intensity. Hours & Directions

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JQ Fruit Farm & Orchard

The apple orchard near Princeton is opening September 11 for u-pick apples. You pick the apples directly from the trees. 14 varieties that are available through-out the season. Fresh apple cider (made weekly & while supplies last) will be available along with fresh fruit syrups and jam. Hours & Directions

Apple Jack Orchards

Located near Delano, Apple Jack Orchards began in 1983 with an initial planting of only 250 trees.  We have added more each year and now boast an astonishing 10,000 trees, including 29 different Minnesota apple varieties. Hours & Directions

Remick's Orchard

The 40 acre farm near Anoka dates back to 1935. the have more than five acres planted with apple, cherry and plum trees, and also have two acres of Minnesota hardy grapes, small fruits and vegetables including blueberries, raspberries, and fresh asparagus. Hours & Directions

Wood's Edge Apples

High-quality, great-value fruit in a 'back to the country' atmosphere. Though apples are their specialty, the also have fall u-pick raspberries, pumpkins, squash, honey, cider, and fall decor near Buffalo. Hours & Directions

Fall Harvest Orchard

Located near Delano, they have lots of amazing apples waiting for you, both u-pick and pre-picked -- with a corn maze, walking trails, animals, and more. Hours & Directions

Deer Lake Orchard

Their goal is to give a great experience with your apples. Visit with the animals, take a leisurely wagon ride through the maple forest, get lost in their corn maze and create lifelong memories with your family. Hours & Directions

Happy jeans & sweatshirt weather, and pick a fresh, crisp Minnesota apple for me.

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