Grand Rapids has the best of both worlds – a vibrant city life along with dozens of nearby farms filled with easy-to-pick, delicious fruit. The city’s proximity to the Fruit Ridge, a region northwest of Grand Rapids, allows for quick access many acres of farmland that is perfect for growing some of the best, freshest crops in the state. It is also where you’ll find nearly 85 percent of Michigan’s apple crops.

With so many fantastic locations to visit, Experience Grand Rapids asked their Facebook and Instagram followers for to share their favorite orchard outings within an hour of Grand Rapids. To help make planning a weekend excursion easier, here are the ones we heard a lot about.

Apple trees at Grange Fruit Farm in Rockford, Michigan
Photo courtesy of Grange Fruit Farm

Grange Fruit Farm

Grange Fruit Farm in Rockford is a newer orchard that planted its first apple trees in 2013. If you are a Honeycrisp apple fan, be ready to pick in early September for only $1 per pound. Grange Fruit Farm provides large half bushel picking buckets with a strap that frees up both your hands for picking. They are open until the end of October and finish the season with u-pick pumpkins.

What the Locals Say

“Grange Fruit Farm is perfect to take your family. We love all the u-pick items and how friendly they are! I really enjoy our time there, check it out!” Michelle B. from Facebook

Klackle Orchards

Family owned and operated in the same location since the 1940s, Klackle Orchards offers plenty of fruit and fun on its 600-acre farm. Klackle Orchards offers 10 varieties of u-pick apples through October along with pumpkins. And don’t miss the Cornucopia Farm Market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious donuts, and other baked goods. You can even bring your (leashed) furry friend to enjoy a day outside on the farm with you.

What the Locals Say

“We go on a homeschooling field trip every year and it is such fun!” Amy H. from Facebook

 

Schwallier’s Country Basket store front in Sparta, Michigan
Photo courtesy of Schwallier's Country Basket

Schwallier’s Country Basket

Located in Sparta in the heart of West Michigan’s apple capital, Schwallier’s Country Basket has 15 varieties of u-pick apples all ripening now through mid-October. After you’ve picked your fill, stick around for the giant corn maze, petting farm, pumpkin patch, cow train, wagon rides, and other attractions. With so many activities, it’s the perfect spot for all ages and all occasions. Instagram fan coachpetegr named Schwallier’s as his favorite spot, saying “Took a girl on a first date there in 2013, and married that girl 3 months ago.” Even better, they were also married at an apple orchard.

What the Locals Say

“I love going there, their donuts are AMAZING, and their cider is to die for! Can’t wait to bring my son, and my newborn daughter this year!!” shaanmeow from Instagram

Crane Orchards

With over 17 varieties of apples, Crane Orchards is ready for u-pick fans starting Labor Day. The season kicks off with the Gala, Macintosh, and Golden Supreme varieties at $1 per pound. Don’t forget the 20-acre corn maze, hay rides, and the “cow train” perfect for kids of all ages.

What the Locals Say

“We go to Cranes every year. Great selection and lots of availability. Being close to Lake Michigan is a big treat and motivator too!” mom22busykids from Instagram

 

Moelker Orchards apple picking sign in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Photo courtesy of Moelker Orchards

Moelker Orchards

For over 100 years, generations of Moelker’s have enjoyed the farm-fresh fruits and vegetables harvested from Moelker Orchards – and they are happy to share them with you! U-pick apples kick off in early September and its huge pumpkin patch opens at the beginning of October. Be sure to visit on a Saturday in October for free pumpkin cleaning. After you pick your favorite apples or pumpkins, stop by the Farm Market for more offerings including delicious and freshly baked treats.

What the Locals Say

“Moelker's is a favorite. Very cool when they do demos with their cider press & the (Old Bell) bakery is awesome.” Stephanie H. from Facebook

Blok Orchard

Started in 1965, Blok Orchard offers 45 acres of dwarf apple trees perfect for picking, along with peaches, blueberries, and cherries when in season. After you’ve done your work, enjoy the work of the Blok family and purchase freshly-picked fruits and vegetables from the on-site Farm Market. You won’t be disappointed!

There are plenty of other farms and orchards in the West Michigan area that offer u-picks, including:

For the most up-to-date availability, be sure to check with each farm directly. Check out the Fall Activities & Events page for other ways to enjoy this colorful season.

See you at the farm!