40 Acres of Adventure

Our U-Pick Orchard is a beautiful 40-acre orchard with 8 different varieties of apples.

It’s not your typical orchard. Our orchard is not commercial-designed but rather has a back-to-the-farm feel with a lot of airy and open lanes.

Orchard Pick Calendar

* Apple variety dates may vary. Click date to view.

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Apple Varieties


Early season apple with crisp, sweet-tart flavor & notes of brown sugar. Best for fresh eating & cooking. What do Zestar taste like?


A variety with sweet pleasant flavor, & good keeping qualities. Best for fresh eating. Gala apples are one of America’s most grown.


Crisp and aromatic with a pleasant sweet-tart flavor that varies in strength, depending on maturity. Best for fresh eating & cooking. Honeycrisp are one of the most popular apple varieties.

Pixie Crunch*

Pixie Crunch, one of our unique specialty varieties, are a small, sweet flavored, crisp and juicy apple. Greenish-yellow base color with 90-100% red-purple over-color. Best for fresh eating.

Crimson Crisp*

Very bright mid-range red over yellow. Extremely crisp. Sweet, sharp flavor, spicy. Another unique specialty variety, Crimson Crisp are best for fresh eating.


Jonagold is a cross between a tart Jonathan apple and a sweet Golden Delicious. A popular commercial variety. Best for fresh eating and cooking.


A modern sweet variety, reminiscent of Red Delicious with nuances of both honey and citrus. Best for baking & fresh eating. Learn more about Cameo apples.

Gold Rush

A modern disease-resistant apple variety related to Golden Delicious, with crisp hard flesh and a good sugar / acid balance. Gold Rush is best for fresh eating and cooking.

* Unique specialty varieties

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Our Sincere Pumpkin Patch

The Great Pumpkin has got to pick this one!

Enjoy the autumn weather and take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch in the Corn Maze. U-pick apples and U-pick pumpkins…

“I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one” —Linus

Apple Picking | Zestar Apples

The Orchard at Fair Oaks Farms is filled with 6,000 apple trees and 8 varieties.  The earliest of those varieties are our zestar apples.  The zestar apple was originally developed by a group of horticulturists in the state of Minnesota and first released to the public in 1999.

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All You Can Reach

Our beautiful orchard is unique to our destination.

Bred with dwarf apple trees, all of our branches are lower to the ground so that even the smallest guest gets to pick apples. We want to make this orchard an experience the whole family can enjoy. No ladders needed.

The Chef’s Garden

Our Chef Garden is located right in the heart of campus providing a delicious bounty for our Farmhouse Restaurant. Although it’s not a part of the orchard, the garden is carefully tended to by the same horticulture specialists.

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Eat At Our House

Now that you’ve learned all about horticulture and where our fresh fruits and vegetables come from, head on over to our Farmhouse Restaurant where you will experience our fresh American cuisine that comes straight from our farm to your fork.

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