Dining and Drink

6 destination orchards to visit this fall

Reap the benefits of this season's harvest during National Apple Month.

Don't let the names confuse you. The pitmason pineapple and winter banana are certainly still apples, however, they're no longer commercially sold. Whether you're looking for a Midwest variety or a heirloom variety that's harder to come by, Appleberry Farm in Cross Plains offers visitors a chance to expand their apple repertoire. theappleberryfarm.com

What happens when a hobby gets out of hand? An apple orchard that offers "chin dripping goodness from our branches to your baskets." Schroeder's Farm in Cambridge debuts the newest edition to the farm family, the snow sweet apple. schroederproduce.com

Lapacek's Orchard in Poynette makes apple harvesting a family affair with three generations of Lapeceks tending to the season's bounty. Lapecek's Orchard is a one-stop shop for apple and pumpkin picking, as well as other attractions such as a sunflower field, playgrounds, a photobooth and more. lapaceksorchard.com

This Norwegian-influenced apple orchard in Fitchburg isn't far for Madison west siders. Eplegaarden Orchard features apples in addition to berries, pumpkins and other produce. Stop by for the new apples of the week: melrose, fortune and jonagold. Looking for a fright? The orchard kicks off its haunted playground this weekend. eplegaarden.com

The secret to delicious cider is a blend of not one apple, but various varieties. At least that's the secret behind Door Creek Orchard's delicious recipe. In addition to fresh apples and other produce, the Cottage Grove orchard's cider is made fresh every Thursday of the fall season from handpicked apples without pasteurization or preservatives. doorcreekorchard.com

Don't get too lost in the corn maze at Sutter's Ridge Family Farm in Mount Horeb, because you'll need all the time you can get exploring the rest of the farm grounds. The orchard gives all ages an escape from city life, but the kiddos certainly won't get bored with wagon rides, a kitten barn and more. This week's newest apples include the Smokehouse, Crispin and Ida Red. suttersridge.com/index.htm

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