Check Out These Three Spots for Picking Apples

Wills Family Orchard in Adel grows organic apples on a portion of the property. Picking is now through Oct. 23. Photo courtesy of Wills Family Orchard.

Now that fall is here, it’s time to get out and enjoy some of the state’s homegrown flavors. And that means apples. Here are three spots throughout the state where you can pick your own. For more options, check out Travel Iowa’s interactive map.

Little Sioux Orchard, Milford: Located near Okoboji, the orchard has more than 1,200 trees. Take a hayride to the orchard and pick the latest varieties. After the picking, race through a corn maze or play old-fashioned games such as sack races.

Wills Family Orchard, Adel: The central Iowa destination has varieties you can pick or purchase in the farm store. The orchard has 12 varieties to enjoy. There’s also a pumpkin patch, where you can pick your perfect jack-o’-lantern, plus festival weekends (now through Oct. 23) with apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pie and caramel apples, plus a corn maze and hayrides.

Wilson’s Orchard & Farms, Iowa CityMore than 80 varieties grow on the property’s 88 acres. In addition to apple-picking, there’s also a smokehouse, retail shop, tractor rides and fine dining at Wilson’s Ciderhouse, located in a century-old barn.

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