Farmers markets in our corner of the state are closing down for the season - but don’t despair, there’s still plenty of locally-grown goodness to be had this fall. Apples will be available from local orchards through October!
Below are orchards in Des Moines, Louisa, Lee and Henry counties. If you are looking for an apple orchard in another part of the state, go to VisitIowaFarms.org
MELLER ORCHARD, 17767 195TH ST., YARMOUTH
Look for the faded wooden sign on Beaverdale Road (just a 1/2 mile south of Pleasant Grove Road, or 12 miles north of West Burlington). Follow the gravel lane, past the dead end sign, and you’ll find yourself at Meller Orchard.
Carl Meller has a wide variety of apples available from August through November. Jonathan, Golden Delicious and McIntosh varieties are available now, and Arkansas Black and Granny Smith varieties will start to be available in the coming weeks. He also offers apple cider.
Hours of operation: 9AM to 6PM - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, Noon to 6PM - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Phone: (319)394-3897
BRYANT ORCHARD, 17137 40TH ST., MORNING SUN
This local apple orchard has been in operation for 52 years and they offer ten varieties of apples. Bryant’s have been providing apples to a number of schools in the region for many years.
They are currently offering Jonathan, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious, Empire, Jonagold and Chieftain and Fuji apples. They have gallon jugs of unfiltered, unpasteurized, no processed apple cider. They also have a good stock excellent #2 apples for eating or cooking (good for sauce).
Open seasonally from mid September to early November. 8AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday, 1PM to 4PM on Sundays.
Phone: (319) 868-7633 Find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Morningsunorchard/
APPLETREE ORCHARD, 1040 260TH ST., LOCKRIDGE
You can find Marcia and her apples at a handful of southeast Iowa farmers markets in the summer and fall, including the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market. If you get to the market early enough, you can also pick up one of her amazing caramel apples (with homemade caramel!). Apples are also available for purchase directly from the farm.
APPLEBERRY ORCHARD, 2469 HIGHWAY 2, DONNELLSON
Appleberry Orchard has more than just apples. They offer a wide variety of family activities - petting zoo, wagon rides, play area, U-pick apples and pumpkins, and a little shop with fall treats. While the U-pick part of their operation is closed for the season, you can still find apples, cider and other apple-based goodies inside their shop -freshly made apple cider donuts, fall decor, pumpkins, hot apple cider & hot chocolate.
Hours of operation: 9AM to 7PM Monday through Saturday, 11AM to 7PM Sundays
Looking for more information on selection, storage, preservation & preparation of apples? Below are some publications that may be helpful:
Produce Basics: APPLES - produce_basics_-_apples.pdf from the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. website
Preserving Apples - Canning Fruits pm1043.pdf
- Freezing Fruits & Vegetables pm1045.pdf
- Canning Fruit Spreads pm1366.pdf
Harvesting & Storing Apples - pm1078.pdf