Fall in Wisconsin means it's time for apple picking, pumpkin patches and family fun in the outdoors. Racine County is fortunate to have many award-winning orchards throughout our county. Orchards where families can pick their own apples and find the perfect Halloween pumpkins and gourds.
Among our many orchards is Apple Holler, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave. in Sturtevant. The 78-acre orchard, featured on U.S. News, boasts a full farm-to-table restaurant, bakery and gift shop. Their full-service restaurant features a wide selection of farm-to-table menu items including their "Everyday" Fish Friday and many apple centric dishes right from the orchard.
You can pick your own apples and peaches or select from a variety of already picked grab bags. With fall comes fresh-pressed cider from the stands and apple cider donuts, along with a field full of pumpkins as well.
From hayrides to sleigh rides and a variety of barnyard animals for the kids, there is always something for everyone to enjoy year-round. Apple Holler also offers a charming rustic venue space available for special events and weddings on their property.
A little to the north you will find The Orchard Store at Old Homestead, 7814 Raynor Ave. in Franksville. Along with apple picking, you will find a gift store offering a number of jams, jellies, maple syrup, pumpkins in the fall, and unique gift items. The orchard also offers a picnic area and kids play area.
Heading west, check out Brightonwoods Orchards, 1072 288th Ave. in Burlington, for conveniently bagged fresh-picked apples and homemade apple cider, jams and jellies ready for purchase. A unique feature of this orchard is a separate on-site cidery, Aeppeltreow Winery & Distillery.
Ela Orchard, 31308 Washington Ave. in Rochester, offers customers more than two dozen varieties of apples and four kinds of pears. Their apple barn also has pressed cider for sale.
Jacobson Orchards is located a little further west at 25911 Malchine Rd. in Waterford. This seasonal orchard boasts more than 1,400 apple trees and has a bakery offering homemade pies, turnovers and fresh-pressed cider.
In northern Racine County is Swan's Pumpkin Farm, 5930 Highway H in Franksville. Select your perfect pumpkin from acres of pumpkins of all sizes. This seasonal pumpkin farm and market offer caramel apples, fresh kettle corn and apple cider donuts among numerous other fall favorites. Swan's Pumpkin Farm features hayrides and a petting zoo for the young and young at heart from Memorial Day to Halloween.
The Land of the Giants Pumpkin Farm, 11823 Durand Ave. in Sturtevant, features thousands of pumpkins for picking, hayrides, train rides, a corn maze, play area, and animals for kids to feed. Inside the barn, you will find Halloween and fall decor along with tasty snacks and drinks.
You can also pick your own pumpkin and explore a free corn maze at Squire's Pumpkin Patch, 27225 Church Road in Burlington. You will also find decorative gourds and a tiny holiday shop featuring unique holiday decorations, wreaths and more.
At Bear Den Zoo & Petting Farm, 6831 Big Bend Road in Waterford, you can pick your own pumpkin from their plentiful pumpkin patch, take a scenic hayride through the woods, and see a variety of animals. Children can enjoy their play area as well.
Whether heading out of or into the city, you will most likely drive past Borzynski's Farm & Floral Market, 115600 Washington Ave. in Mount Pleasant. This year-round marketplace features a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, decor, and gifts, along with a deli counter for perfect lunchtime sandwiches. Their specialty foods include "Made in Wisconsin" items, cheeses, honey, and dips and spreads along with a variety of jams, jellies and sauces. Borzynski's Farm & Floral Market also boasts a large selection of pumpkins, gourds and mums available in the fall. Come winter, visit their market for their large selection of Christmas trees.