Apples always taste better when you pick them yourself – it’s just the rules. Thankfully, Colorado apple picking season is in full swing, and with fall just around the corner, a trip to a nearby orchard is the perfect way to kick off the season.
In Colorado, the apple season usually lasts from August to mid-October, and there are 36 orchards in the state. Below you will find a few where you can pick apples yourself.
Author’s Note: Remember to always call ahead before going to an apple orchard to ensure harvest availability.
Third Street Apples— Penrose, Colorado
Third Street Apples opened its orchard for self-picking earlier this month. For their “U-pick” program in 2022, apples will cost $2.99 per pound, according to their website.
“Our company offers families the unique experience of picking their own fruit straight from the tree! It’s fun, educational and an opportunity to handle your food supply in a very personal way. You’ll know it’s fresh and you you’ll know it’s grown locally!” reads the website.
The orchard is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store—Canon City
Adam’s Apple Orchard will be open for self-picking from September 10. This year the orchard is expecting a variety of apple crops, including Akane, Richy, Liberty, Ginger Golf, Kinder Crisp, Autumn Crisp, Premier, Honey Crisp, Cortland and Dirty Golden Apples.
“We are open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED. We will continue picking, every weekend, as long as there are ripe apples to pick,” the orchard said in a Facebook post. .
Blackbridge Winery and Orchard Valley Farms—Paonia
Apple picking at Blackbridge Winery and Orchard Valley Farms opened to the public earlier this month.