This guide is sponsored by First Alliance Credit Union
Ahhhh, fall. So many things to look forward to: the crisp air, the bright blue skies, the crunchy leaves, the vibrant colors, the spiced drinks, the comfy sweaters. Minnesota never disappoints during the fall. And no proper fall is complete without a trip to one of the apple orchards or pumpkin patches in the Rochester, MN area!
The apple orchard is an essential Minnesota fall tradition. It’s hard to pick our favorite part of the annual (okay, okay: bi-weekly) fall trek to the orchard: hunting and picking the *perfect* apple, enjoying the caramel apple treat while browsing the pumpkin patch, or the smells that fill the kitchen when you begin to bake up your apples into tasty treats and pastries after you’ve brought your haul home (high five, cinnamon)!
Lucky for us, the Rochester area has several apple orchards (and pumpkin patches!) to choose from. If your favorite orchard is not on the list, please submit it using the form at the end of this post.
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Northwoods Orchard and Berry Farm
8018 75th Avenue NW
Oronoco, MN 55960
Phone: (507) 280-0591
Open: September: Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, 1 PM – 6 PM // October: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM / Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM / Sunday 1 PM – 6 PM
The Pepin Heights Store (Ferguson’s Orchard)
1753 South Hwy 61
Lake City, MN 55041
Phone: (651) 345-2305
Open: August 22 – December 21 // 9 AM – 6 PM, every day (Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day)
PUMPKIN PATCHES & MORE
Red Barn Learning Farm
(Agricultural Learning Center and Pumpkin Patch)
27251 State Highway 30
Hayfield, Minnesota 55940
Phone: (507) 272-7465
Open:Starting the weekend of Sept 19-20 and every weekend in October // Saturdays, 9 AM – 4 PM // Sundays, 11 AM – 5 PM
MEA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 9am-3pm // (regular admission $7 + tax per person age one and over)
NOW OPEN FOR RURAL WEDNESDAYS 9am-1pm // (regular admission $7 + tax per person age one and over)