When people think of Door County fruit, they often think cherries first. But the region's orchards also bring a bountiful fall harvest of apples.
Apples were once more popular in the county than cherries. In 1893, local grower Joseph Zettel even submitted over 20 different varieties of apples from his orchard to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, winning medals for several.
You’ll find an abundance of apple-oriented activities—and eating—in the county this fall. Take a jaunt up to Washington Island for the farm museum’s cider pressing party, pick your own apples to craft a batch of applesauce or stopping at a local restaurant for a slice of warm apple pie, or meander through the roadside farm markets flush with fall’s harvest.
Here are just a handful of places you can stop for the full orchard experience:
Wood Orchard & Market
8112 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor
Picking Season: Early September thru Mid October
Types of Apples: Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, & Sweet Tango
4594 County Rd HH, Sturgeon Bay
Picking Season: Mid September thru Mid October
Types of Apples: Gala, McIntosh, Fuji, Red Delicious, Ginger Gold, Summer Rambo, Spartan, Snowsweet, Empire, & Others
Cherry Lane Orchards
7525 Cherry Lane, Sturgeon Bay
(920) 856- 6864
Picking Season: Late September thru Mid October
Types of Apples: McIntosh, Cortland, & Honeycrisp
Sorens Valhalla Orchards
6491 County Rd J, Forestville
Picking Season: Mid to Late September thru Mid October
Types of Apples: Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, Cortland, McIntosh, Gala, Zestar, Snowsweet, Blondee, Jonagolds
9197 Hwy 42, Fish Creek
Types of Apples: Honeycrisp, Gala, Macintosh, Cortland, Macoun, Blondee, Jonagold, & Regency
11484 Hwy 42, Sister Bay
Types of Apples: More than 30 varieties, including Honeycrisp
Pick-Your-Own Apple Stops
4594 County Rd HH, Sturgeon Bay / (920) 743-8980
Kielar Akers Orchard
S648 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay / (920) 856-6978
2575 S Shiloh Rd, Sturgeon Bay / (920) 743- 1351
4214 Cherry Rd, Sturgeon Bay / (920) 883-1174
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Farm Market
9197 Hwy 42, Fish Creek / (920) 868-3479
Seaquist Orchards Farm Market
11484 Hwy 42, Sister Bay / (920) 854-4199
Door County Apple Recipes
Get creative in your kitchen and try these recipes at your next dinner party:
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