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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Southeastern Minnesota in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Goodhue County

  • Flower Valley Orchard - Apples, pumpkins, winter squash, gourds, ornamental grasses, and prepicked produce, restrooms
    29732 Orchard Road, Red Wing, MN 55066. Phone: 651-385-0574. Email: Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Directions: Take Highway 61 south of Red Wing to County 21, turn right on 21, travel 1 mile to Orchard Road, follow signs for 1 mile to Orchard. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Open mid August through October Ornamental gourds and ornamental grasses.

Wabasha County

  • Apple Ridge Orchard & Vineyard - Apples, pumpkins
    47418 240th Avenue, Mazeppa, MN 55956. Phone: 507-843-3033. Open: Daily 9 am to 6 pm. Directions: Located just 15 minutes north of Rochester. Click here for a map and directions.
    Apple Ridge Orchard & Vineyard Facebook page. . Seasonal hours Apples galore! (Including famous Apple Ridge Honeycrisp, Haralson, Honeygold, and Sweet Sixteen). Plus, fresh-pressed apple cider, pumpkins, caramel apples, and a festive harvest atmosphere. Favorite family events include pick-your-own apples and you-pick pumpkins with tractor-pulled wagon rides every weekend. Kids Corn Maze. Apple Ridge llamas and barnyard animals love kids. . Apple Ridge Orchard information and map on website. Pick-Your-Own Apples (call ahead), Pick-Your-Own Grapes and Pumpkins, Animal Barnyard (Goats, Sheep, Alpacas). Our famous caramel apples Apple Pies Apple Cider, Jams, Honey, Real Maple Syrup and MORE..



Pumpkin Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Do you want it for a party, decoration or eating?

For a wedding or party:

See this page: Finding pumpkins for weddings

Decoration to paint or carve:

OK, Then you need only look for any pumpkin that is
  • visually appealing, evenly a deep orange. The shape is just whatever appeals to you. If it grew on its side and has a flat spot, you can either make that the make or use it as part of your design!
  • free from cuts, soft spots, bruises. The flesh should feel hard, and not give easily. Infections can invade easily and cause rot
  • Make sure the stem is attached.

Store it carefully, especially if you pick it from the vine yourself. Cure a fresh-picked pumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Don't handle or disturb it. Curing toughens the rind, making it less prone to rot. Pumpkins will keep for months in a cool (50 F to 65F dry, low humidity environment; such as a cool, dry basement.

Tip: If you like roasted or baked pumpkin seeds, you can save the seeds from any pumpkin!

To make a pumpkin pie!

Then you need a small, sweet type of pumpkin that has been developed for eating. They are smaller, typically about 8" to 10" diameter. The meat is much less stringy and smoother than a decorative pumpkin variety. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium. One-half cup of cooked pumpkin provides more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 81 calories. It's low in fat and sodium! Usually you can get these at the grocery store, and some of the pumpkin patches and farm stands have them. Be sure to tell them that you intend to use it for a pumpkin pie. Again, look for firm, no soft spots, or signs of any rot. See this page for easy, illustrated directions to make a pumpkin pie from a fresh pumpkin!

Varieties of Pumpkins

  • Sugar - Excellent for baking
  • Jack O'Lantern - most common for carving
  • White Lumina - unusual, medium-sized white pumpkin
  • Mini - Great for decoration
  • Gourds - Many varieties, used for decorations

For a very complete, detailed list of many varieties of pumpkins and where to get the seeds, see this page!

Want to Grow Your Own Pumpkins?

Then see this page!

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)