Apple Picking & Apple Orchards near Louisville
Apple Picking near Louisville! Here are a few places you can go to pick-your-own apples.
Apple picking is so much fun. Bring bug spray! And, have your recipes ready because you will surely go home with plenty.
Hidden Hollow Orchard (opening day August 21, 2021!!) right here in Louisville is also a good place to visit. Check their website for updates – they keep their website up to date. So far, they are saying apples will be ready in late August, how exciting. Last year, there were no apples due to a late spring frost. Thank you mother nature for bringing us apples at Hidden Hollow Orchard in 2021. If you have not been here, GO. When my kiddos were younger (as pictured above), they thought this place was a wonderland adventure. Back in the woods, animals, totally non-commercial, a scavenger hunt for the best apples.
This orchard is really rustic and when you drive in, you kind of feel like you are trespassing. But, you are not! Definitely bring bug spray. Have cash on hand and bringing your own bags is a good idea. We have been there and just picked and paid without anyone even there to receive the payment, it’s really laid back. They have some horses in the back, just walk further down the gravel path. Bring carrots. It’s just such a gem of a place.
Huber’s Orchard & Winery has a large variety of apples for picking plus tons of fun! For 2021, they have a farm park pass for the play area that may be a good option if you decide you will go to Huber’s a few times for summer and into fall. If you go on Tuesdays, they have special deals for people with the season pass.
Be sure to call them before you go to check on what they have that day for u-pick. It’s always changing! Typically, they have apples available for u-pick in mid-August and then different varieties become available. So, you can visit once and then go again a few weeks later and get different types of apples. They also have all of the apples available in their farm market. Remember, they now charge $3 per person (no charge for kiddos under 1 year old) to ride the wagon out to the u-pick area.
Joe Huber’s Farm in Starlight, IN is a great place to pick some apples – historically. They have all of the information about u-pick blank on their websites now! We are checking with them for an update. Take a tractor ride to the orchard and have your pick of apples. Make it a day there and enjoy some outside time with your family. They have a barnyard for kids to play, it’s free.
Gallrein Farms is just east in Shelby County and they have season fruit to pick. Usually, you check their farm schedule and call ahead to see if apples are ready! They have a cute petting zoo and events also. Folks like their market for plants and veggies as well. An excellent option for apple picking near Louisville, a great day out on the farm for kids.
Eckerts Orchards is just a short drive down I-64 in Versailles. Here’s their schedule for crops so you plan accordingly. They have picking for a variety of fruits and veggies as well as and all sorts of fun events and festivals. Definitely click the link we provided above to check their crop updates, they are really good about telling you what’s available and when.
Mulberry Orchard in Shelby County is a great place to visit with families! We just love the drive out there, we opt for going through La Grange for the scenic drive. Don’t pack lunch, they have a kitchen and delicious food available. I love the BBQ sandwich and apple slaw. My kids love their ice cream and other peach treats. You can visit their farm store for apples they have harvested, they have many varieties – their website estimates when they are all available. They also have a farm play area (fee), animals and hayrides in the fall.
And what to do with all these apples from apple picking near Louisville? Turn them into an apple crisp, apple butter, apple pie, applesauce, dry the apples, make caramel apples and then decorate them with dried fruit and candy to make them look like jack-o-lanterns.
One of my favorite recipe sites is allrecipes.com and they have a great recipe for slow cooker apple butter that can also be frozen to be used later. Hidden Hollow Orchard website also has several apple recipes. So many options you may want to try out both orchards so you can enjoy the apple goodies.
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