Farm Guidelines & FAQ’s
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.
- Photo and Video Consent: By visiting Apple Holler Family Farm you are giving your consent to be photographed or filmed. These images may be used in Apple Holler marketing materials, including social media posts, emails, web pages, and ads. If you are identifiable in a photo that we publish on one of our digital platforms and would like the image to not be used and removed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Farm is a smoke-free environment for the health of our guests, staff, and animals. Visitors are required to extinguish all smoking materials (including e-cigarettes) before entering the farm grounds. Yes, this includes parking lots and all outdoor areas!
- No dogs or other pets are permitted due to our food safety certifications. Service dogs who have been trained to perform a task directly related to a person’s disability are welcome. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, and companion animals do not qualify as service animals (per ADA) and are not permitted.
- The use of drugs is not permitted on our property.
- No outside food is permitted. You may purchase food at our various stands including our Applewood Grill and Pizza Shack throughout the farm.
- 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. Guests appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave.
- The orchard is private property; all grounds, buildings, and roads are open to the public only during our posted hours.
- Dress properly! Dress properly. Be prepared for a walk of anywhere from 5-15 minutes to your picking destination in the orchard. Depending on the weather, it may be dusty, muddy, slick, etc., and the ground is hilly and uneven. Sturdy, close-toed shoes are recommended. Although we do our best to keep poison ivy at bay, long pants are preferable. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
- Bring sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, even when it’s cloudy.
- Bring bug spray to protect yourself from getting bug bites.
- 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. We will prosecute any and all thefts.
- Only pick in the areas you are instructed to enter. 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 receipts handy—we reserve the right to check them in the parking lots. We will prosecute any and all thefts.
- Be kind to our trees. Do not climb the trees or shake the branches.
- 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. (Parents, please watch your children!)
- Please stay clear of tractors, farm equipment, or any other moving vehicles.
- To pick an apple, use one hand to hold the branch, and use your forefinger and thumb to gently turn the fruit upward till it releases. (Pulling will cause other fruit to fall and destroy flower buds for next year’s crop).
- What are the ground conditions? Occasionally it can get muddy. Most ground surfaces around the farm are grassy, paved or gravel. Our attractions area is grassy as well. Dress accordingly if the weather has recently been rainy.
- The orchard is private property; all grounds, buildings, and roads are open to the public only during our posted hours. No trespassing. Our venue grounds, buildings after hours.
- Please watch your children. Parents and or guardians are responsible for their children’s actions at all times.
Yes! We encourage you to try different apple varieties so you can see what you like. It is completely safe to eat the fruit right from the trees, however, it is a good idea to wash all fruit at home prior to consuming it.
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.
Not all varieties ripen at the same time. We carefully monitor the orchard and only open 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.
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. Click here to learn more.
The “ashy” substance on the apples is not dust. It is a wax-like protective layer called bloom. The bloom is a wax-like protective layer for while the apples are growing.
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 and long pants are recommended.
We will provide your picking bag with your picking package. We do not allow outside baskets or bags to be filled with fruit.
We ask that you do not bring outside food here to Apple Holler. 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.
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!
It is best to keep apples cold in the refrigerator. That will keep much longer than if they were kept at room temperature.
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.
Yes, small wagons and strollers are permitted.
Apple Holler remains open during periods of rain. Operations, however, are suspended if there is a threat of lightning in the area. The safety of our guests, staff, and animals is our primary concern. If traveling a far distance and rain is in the forecast we encourage you to consider rescheduling your visit. Inclement weather notifications and unexpected closing information will be posted on Facebook. RAIN POLICY: During rain and storms some and/or all activities, attractions, rides, and/or slides may be shut down temporarily for your safety. Absolutely NO REFUNDS will be issued. By paying admission you have agreed to this policy and NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.
Yes, everyone is required to pay an admission fee to enter the Orchard and Farm Park.
Apple Holler accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover, & Cash. We do not accept American Express.
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.