We’re glad you are visiting us here at Apple Holler! Here are some visitor guidelines to help you make the most of your visit.
- Our orchards are non-smoking, no tobacco facilities. This includes electronic/vapor cigarettes and chewing tobacco. Smoking is not permitted ANYWHERE on our property. Yes, this includes parking lots and all outdoor areas!
- We love dogs too, but we recommend leaving your pets at home. We often have large crowds; some pets don’t do well around strangers and keep in mind that while many people love pets, many also do not. Do not leave your pet in the car. Keeping in mind the safety and well-being of your pet, it’s best to leave him/her at home because we do not allow them here at Apple Holler, except service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability.
- The use of drugs is not permitted on our property.
- No outside alcohol is permitted on our property. You may purchase wine and beer to consume at Apple Holler from the Gift Shop or other kiosks on our property.
- The orchard is private property; all grounds, buildings, and roads are open to the public only during our posted hours.
- Dress properly! Apple Holler is a working farm, and the ground can be uneven. Depending on the weather, it may be dusty, muddy, slick, etc. Proper footwear is important, close-toed shoes are recommended.
- Sunscreen is always a good idea.
- Help us keep our orchards clean and safe. Trash cans are provided; please put litter in its proper place.
- You are responsible for paying for everything you and your family pick.
- Please respect our private property, and only pick in areas that are open. Not all fruit is ripe at the same time!
- All fruit and merchandise must be paid for PRIOR to putting it in your car. Please keep your receipt handy—we reserve the right to check them in the parking lots. We will prosecute any and all thefts.
- For safety, climbing of trees is not permitted.
- Do not throw fruit, or put any on the ground. If you pick it, it must go in your bag, and you must pay for it.
- Please stay clear of tractors, farm equipment, or any other moving vehicles.
- To pick an apple, using one hand to hold the branch, use your forefinger and thumb to gently turn fruit upward till it releases. (Pulling will cause other fruit to fall and destroy flower buds for next year’s crop).
Can I just pick any fruit I see?
Not all varieties are ripe at the same time. We carefully monitor the orchards and only open for picking the areas that have ripe fruit. Our staff will direct you to the current picking areas – please respect our property and stay in these areas. To see our other farm policies, please take a look at the our visitor guidelines page.
When do apples (peaches, pears, etc) get ripe?
Please see our picking calendar for general ripening dates. Remember that ripening dates can vary due to weather; please call Apple Holler at 262-884-7100 for current information.
How does Apple Holler grow their fruit?
We believe that it is our duty to provide your family and ours with the highest quality of healthy, wholesome fruit; while also caring for our environment, wildlife and community. By using good, responsible farming practices, such as Integrated Pest Management, we are able to produce high-quality fruit, while minimizing economic, health and environmental hazards. At Apple Holler, we are dedicated to controlling pest populations before they cause problems and are committed to minimal use of pesticides to ensure a healthy farm environment and experience for all families. We do this by using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Click here to learn more.
What should we wear to come picking?
We are a working farm, and the ground can be uneven. Depending on the weather, it may be dusty, muddy, slick, etc. Proper footwear is important, close-toed shoes are recommended.
Do I need to bring a basket or bags for our apples?
We will provide your picking bag with your picking package.
Can we bring a picnic to have in the orchard?
We have a wonderful full-service restaurant for you to enjoy as well as our Applewood Grill which sells items like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, roasted corn and more. We ask that you do not bring outside food here to Apple Holler.
What do you recommend that we do with the apples that we picked?
There are so many GREAT recipes that use apples. We have a lot of apple recipes. If you use one, please let us know how it turned out for you!
How should I store my apples?
It is best to keep apples cold in the refrigerator. That will keep much longer than if they were kept at room temperature.
Can I eat apples while I am picking?
Sampling a piece of fruit that you’ve just picked is one of the joys of u-pick, and we are happy to include this as part of our guest’s experience.
Can I bring my own wagon?
Yes, that is a great idea. We do have wagons for rent, however, they are available on a first come first serve basis.
Are there Packages available?
Yes, we do! You can find our Picking Package information here.
A person who observes or participates in an agricultural tourism activity on this property assumes the risks inherent in agricultural tourism activity. Risks inherent in the agricultural tourism activity may include conditions on the land, the unpredictable behavior of farm animals, the ordinary dangers associated with equipment used in farming operations, and the potential that a participant in the agricultural tourism activity may act in a negligent way that may contribute to injury or death. The agricultural tourism provider is not liable for the injury or death of a person involved in an agricultural tourism activity resulting from those inherent risks.