Minnesota is one of the top growing areas for fresh apples in the country. We are home to local varieties such as Honeycrisp and the Zestar!®, both created at the University of Minnesota. The apple picking season near Duluth starts at the end of August and goes through mid-October, so you still have plenty of time left to pick apples with your family at a local apple orchard!
Local Apples: Where to Pick
Edible Duluth – Did you know there are 12 trees planted throughout Duluth that are available to the public to pick from for Free? These trees are maintained by the Duluth Parks and Rec department. Visit their website to learn more about the varieties available and take a look at the map of where the trees are located. It sounds like a great adventure for the family!
Lavalier’s Berry Patch – Check out their website for more information about apple picking times and varieties.
Maple Run Orchard
66086 Norway Spruce Road
Finlayson, MN 55735
31458 Juliard Street NE
North Branch, MN 55056
Bayfield Area Apple Orchards – Make a point to visit Bayfield’s Apple Festival every year.
Local Apples: Picking Tips
- Watch out for bugs that sting while you are picking
- Make sure your kids don’t pick apples from the ground
- Be careful if your little ones are under the tree while apples are being picked, some apples might fall loose and land on their heads.
Local Apples: Where to buy
Duluth Farmer’s Market
Whole Foods Co-Op (at either the Hillside or Denfeld locations)
Local Apples: Recipes and Fresh Snack Ideas
Apple Spice Cookies – from our local contributor Niki
Visit our Pinterest board for this apple crescent roll recipe! It’s delicious and easy for the kids to help with!
Caramel Yogurt Dip with Apple Slices
6 ounces of plain yogurt (use a dairy-free product if you need to)
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients except for the yogurt in a small saucepan on the stove. Cook on medium/low heat and stir until all of the brown sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the yogurt. The consistency of the dip will thicken as it cools. Slice up your favorite apples and eat with the dip!
*Can be stored in the refrigerator and enjoyed until gone.