Not to toot our own horn or anything here, but when it comes to fall and the local Madison-area pumpkin patches, orchards, and funny farms, we know a thing or two from experience! The weather starts dropping and we throw on some boots and a fuzzy sweater, grab a PSL (just kidding, we don’t actually like those) and head to one of the nearby farms to get our apple cider donut fix. Let’s just be clear that we did all these things for years before it even became what that the cool kids do.
We’ll be sharing some of our favorites from this year and past trips. It’s not a comprehensive list, as we only want to share ones we’ve personally been to.
As always — make sure to check the websites, social media accounts, or call to see what the hours are and what their COVID policies are!
Lapacek’s Orchard is a family-run apple orchard located in Poynette, WI. This is not a pick-your-own orchard but has a huge variety of bagged apples. Everyone is so friendly, the kids love to pet the roaming cats, and this may be a very lofty statement, but… their caramel apples and apple cider donuts are the best we’ve ever had. The indoor shop has apple-themed gifts and goodies, pumpkins, and some goats out back.
We’ve been to Lapacek’s the last few weeks to buy apples and treats. Our kids are averaging eating 3-5 apples per day so we go and stock up. It’s also worth checking out Kim’s YouTube channel for all kinds of baking and cocktail-making videos, including “Cider After Dark” and “Appilicious Cooking”.
Tip: call or check their website for apple availability, along with the treats. They also do online orders for curbside pickup!
Treinen farm corn maze & pumpkin patch
Treinen Farm is most known for it’s crazy intricate corn mazes (award-winning too!) each year. There are also many kids activities including a children’s corn maze, slides and playground area, animals to feed and pet, and variety of other activities for the kids to run around and play. A favorite was the “natural play area” which was a large area of logs that our kids spent hours playing on.
heck’s farm market
We stopped by Heck’s Farm Market on a Saturday while heading to do some hiking in the Spring Green area. Nearby, is a larger market with animals and activities called Peck’s but the similarly-named Heck’s was more of what we were looking for — less crowded and no admission fees! The kids had a blast running around the huge pumpkin “patch” and hauling them around in a wagon. The barn is full of produce and treats, plus a small “spooky” area for the kids.
cross Plains, WI
Another small family-run apple orchard in the Cross Plains countryside that we’ve been visiting for years is Appleberry Farm. This is a much quieter and less chaotic farm than some of the others, but that’s the beauty of it. The owners have always been so friendly and provide good instructions and maps to head into the orchard to pick-your-own apples. There are a couple tire swings in the orchard that are a kid favorite. A small shop has baked goods, ice cream, and pumpkins for sale and a brat stand sells apple cider brats on the weekends!
ski hi fruit farm
Located in Baraboo and near Devil’s Lake and Mirror Lake, this is a quick and easy stop to grab some apples and treats on the way to a hike. Ski Hi is not a pick-your-own orchard but has a large outdoor patio and indoor shop with some popular apple pies! There is a historic homestead site on the property along with a fun clearing in the woods that the kids enjoy.
Looking for more to do in the area? Visit our blog post from a day trip to Ski Hi and Baraboo from last fall.
Other farms we’ve visited in past years that are also worth a trip include:
- Enchanted Valley Acres in Cross Plains, WI
- Schuster’s Farm in Deerfield, WI
- Eugster’s Farm Market in Stoughton, WI
- Door Creek Orchard in Cottage Grove, WI
- Pumpkin Train at Little Amerricka in Marshall, WI
Enjoy those apples and pumpkins this fall! We’re pretty happy to have already checked off quite a few places and it’s not even October yet!
Looking for other day trips in the Madison area? Be sure to check out our “Places” tab at the top of the blog and see what we’ve done under the Wisconsin tab!