Basket full of apples

Apple Picking Near Gerstad Builders Communities

Fall is fast approaching which means it is time to enjoy some outdoor fall festivities. We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, however that doesn’t mean you can’t gather up the family and enjoy some fall activities together and head out to some amazing apple orchards. Enjoy a donut and warm apple cider, walk a corn maze and take the kids over to the petting zoo but do not forget the apple picking.  There is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy. 

Due to COVID-19, the Haunted Hayride put on by Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team has canceled this year’s festivities. Click here to visit their website to keep up to date on any other activities they have going on. Even though some Halloween events are cancelled, there are plenty of other fun fall activities to do. Luckily, our communities are located around some of the top apple orchards.  Make sure to check out their websites prior to going to see their  COVID-19 protocols. Here are some of our top picks.

Stade’s Farm and Market, McHenry

Located just 15 minutes from our Liberty Trails Community, Stade’s offers some of the best seasonal fruits and vegetables. Open weekends now through October, make sure to head out to the fields and pick your own apples. Not an apple fan? There are other options to chose from, such as raspberries, strawberries and green beans to pick. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch will be available with physical distancing protocols in place. Once you are done in the fields make sure to visit their store to pick out some delicious bakery items and gourmet foods.

Edwards Apple Orchard, Poplar Grove

Open since 1964, this fourth-generation family owned farm offers over 100 acres of fruits and vegetables. For example; there is pumpkins, squash, berries, mums and don’t forget the apples. They have over 50,000 apple trees and 30 varieties to choose from. Guests can enjoy some apple cider donuts and warm apple cider as well. Currently, they are offering a drive-thru option that offers a list of 20 items that you can purchase in the market. Edwards is 10 minutes from The Trails of Dawson Creek Community.

Royal Oak Farm, Harvard

Only 20 minutes from The Trails of Pheasant Ridge Community, Royal Oak Farm began in 1992 and it has really turned into a family affair. There is plenty to do at this orchard and maintain physical distancing. Get your compass ready for a walk in the Amaze ‘N Adventure apple tree maze. There is apple picking throughout the maze. Enjoy a 1.5 mile walk of trails with 9 varieties of apples to pick along the way. Stop in the shop on your way out to take home fall decor, gourmet jarred items, cider and much more.

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery, Elkhorn, WI

Our Bailey Estates Community is a 15 minute drive from this family owned farm for 150 years. Visitors to the farm can enjoy a variety of apples such as; Jona Gold, McIntosh, and Honey Crisp. The pumpkin patch is open on weekends with every shape and size available to pick. Complete your experience by visiting the Country Store and Bakery.

With the weather being so fabulous, now is the time to head out for some family apple picking time. Once you get home, make some applesauce and apple pie in your Gerstad kitchen so everyone can enjoy all the goodies.

If you are interested in learning more about Gerstad Builders communities, and owning a home that is near all the local events, contact us or call at (815) 385-4495!

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