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Fall Vibes: Apple Orchards + Brunch

September 9, 2020

Fall Vibes: Apple Orchards + Brunch

September 9, 2020

Pun intended. 🙂


We both spent Labor Day weekend away with our own families but returned home Sunday afternoon to get prepared for a busy week and school year ahead. (Anyone else feel the need to be completely prepped and organized before a new school year?) Well, Monday was supposed to be our “productive” day at home but as usual, a string of events led to zero things getting accomplished at home but a lot more fun being had instead 🙂 A broken coffee maker at Katie’s had her grabbing coffee, then talking about the fall weather had us feeling the apple orchard vibes, and the guys were into some post-orchard brunch.

The tire swing at the orchard is always a favorite of the kids

Appleberry Farm is located in the country, outside of the Verona-Middleton-Cross Plains area. Justin and I have been going there for years to get our apples, plus the delicious apple cider donuts and cider brats they offer. It’s a beautiful setting, family-owned and ran, without any of the “touristy gimmicks” or admission fees and keeps to an old-school orchard vibe.

Wagons provided, but bring your own dad to pull 🙂

The staff was great at explaining where to go, how to pick apples, and provided maps of the orchard with the apples available to pick at the time. They’re very COVID-conscious and take a lot of measures to promote safety, which we appreciate.

Typically, the pick-your-own apples are paid by weight but this year, to keep it simple, they’re requiring a pre-paid 10lb bag for $18. Items are still available to purchase in the store, like gifts and treats (apple cider donuts if you’re lucky!). As with most business right now, make sure to call or visit their websites and social media pages for the most updated information.

*Note: Appleberry Farm is requiring reservations made online during weekend days currently. Check their website before you go.

After we left with our collective 20-lbs of apples, we were ready for some brunch. We ended up at Cafe Hollander at Hilldale mall and it was delicious. We sat out on the patio during the 50-degree windy weather but the warm meal and Bloody Mary’s helped!

Another idea we’d had for breakfast, had it not been a Monday, was Riley Tavern in the town of Verona. It’s a short drive from Appleberry Farm and is an iconic area stop if you’ve never been! Located right on the Military Ridge bike trail, it’s a popular stop for bikers. They serve pancake breakfast outdoors on the picnic table on Sunday mornings – but be prepared to wait, as it’s often super busy! You’re also not too far away from the Original Pancake House near Middleton – another favorite place for breakfast and brunch.

This week’s adventure was a spontaneous and unplanned morning out and about, which are sometimes the best kind. We’re suckers for everything fall so I’m sure it won’t be our last trip to an orchard this year. If you liked this adventure, you may enjoy reading about our day in Baraboo last fall when we visited a different orchard and explored the area.

Sara and Katie seated on hay bales with fall mums and pumpkins in front of vintage camper
Fall 2019 in the Baraboo, Wisconsin area – visit post here to read more!

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