Summer in Wisconsin means fresh produce and outdoor adventures. Combine the best of both worlds by getting your group together and visiting one of the state’s many farms that offer pick-your-own outings for berries, cherries, apples and more! And be sure to call ahead or check the farms’ websites for updates on what’s growing.
Find a peaceful atmosphere at Blue Skies Farm as you enjoy "berry therapy," as the owners call it. Rasperry season here usually runs mid-August through late September and you're sure to leave with a basketful of deliciousness.
More pick-your-own raspberries: Try Nelson’s Berry Farm in Westboro for more pick-your-own raspberries (with one of their varieties usually ready to pick mid-July), strawberries and blueberries, along with fresh veggies, maple syrup, pumpkins, gourds and even homegrown black angus beef.
Raspberry harvest: Depending on the variety, the season usually stars mid-July and runs through October.
Though strawberries are the star at BerryLand in Abrams, pick-your-own rhubarb, asparagus, pumpkins, squash and gourds also are available seasonally. Come autumn, the farm offers fall decorations and scarecrows, as well as kid-friendly haunted hayrides out to the pumpkin patch.
Strawberry harvest: Typically mid-June through mid-June in Wisconsin.
Cherry Lane Orchard’s main focus is ensuring a great pick-your-own experience at its 13-acre cherry and apple orchards. Bring a picnic along to enjoy with your group in the picturesque location, and include any walleye or bluegill you may have caught recently—this Sturgeon Bay farm will trade fresh-caught fish for cherries!
More pick-your-own cherries: Head just a little further up the Door County peninsula to family-run Lautenbach Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek for more pick-your-own cherries and apples, along with tasty fruit wines and homemade pies.
Cherry harvest: For sweet cherries, mid-June through late July. For tart cherries, mid-July through late July.
Located on Wisconsin’s western border with Minnesota, Rush River Produce has 14 varieties of blueberries, along with currants and gooseberries the first three weeks of the season. At this family operation in Maiden Rock, owners Terry and John Cuddy say, “We provide the boxes, you take home the harvest.”
Blueberry harvest: Typically early July through mid-August in Wisconsin.
In addition to 30 varieties of apples, Apple Holler in Sturtevant offers pick-your-own peaches, pears and pumpkins. This year-round destination in southeastern Wisconsin also boasts a seasonal flower market, restaurant and dinner theater, gift shop, barnyard animals, and hay wagon and sleigh rides.
More pick-your-own apples: Take a drive Up North to Apple Hill Orchard in Bayfield, which offers pick-your-own apples, cherries, pears and plums. Plan your visit around the Bayfield Apple Festival in October.
Apple harvest: Starting as early as mid-July and ending as late as mid-October in Wisconsin.