Apple Season: Picking Plus Saucing and Local Orchards

Apple Season: Picking Plus Saucing | Twin Cities Moms Blog

It’s the hap-happiest season of all!  That crazy song had it all wrong…parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and caroling out in the snow?  No thank you.  I’ll take pumpkin carving, cider sipping, leaf jumping, corn mazing any day of the week, hands down.  And one of our absolute favorite traditions to do each year around this time is apple picking.  Load up the kiddos, pack up a picnic lunch (that we never get to because our bellies are too full from “testing” apples) and head to one of the local picking orchards.  It is, without a doubt, an awesome way to celebrate the season.

And I’m really not sure what we anticipate more…the actual trip to the orchard or all of the goodies that come out of the kitchen with the apples we bring home.  This applesauce is such a treat…it’s smooth and sweet…store bought can not even compare.  And the best part?  No sugar.  No fillers.  Just the goods.  It freezes wonderfully, too, so you can enjoy it all year around, even if it’s not the most wonderful time of the year 😉

Apple Season: Picking Plus Saucing | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Apple Season: Picking Plus Saucing | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Apple Season: Picking Plus Saucing | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Apple Season: Picking Plus Saucing | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Homemade Applesauce

Inspired by this recipe


3.5-4 Pounds Apples, peeled, cored and quartered

Juice From One Orange, about 1/4 cup

3 Strips Lemon Peel

1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Pinch of Ground Allspice

1 Cup Water


Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling give it a good stir, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until apples are completely softened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow sauce to cool for 20-30 minutes, remove lemon peel and puree in a food processor until smooth. Can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months. Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

 Looking for an orchard in your area?  Check out this list of Minnesota Apple Orchards:

North Side:

Anoka County Farms
125 Bunker Lake Boulevard 
Ham Lake, MN 55304 
(763) 427-0000

Sunrise River Farm
7602 Wyoming Trail
Wyoming, MN 55092
(651) 462-8220

Victoria Valley Orchard
4304 North Victoria Street
Shoreview, MN 55126


East Side:

Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Bakery and Store
428 Manning Avenue
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 439-3127

Pine Tree Apple Orchard
450 Apple Orchard Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 429-7202


South Side:

Afton Apple Orchard
14421 S. 90th St.
Hastings, MN 55033
(651) 436-8385

Applewood Orchards
22702 Hamburg Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044
(952) 985-5425

Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard
US Highway 169 
501 East South Street 
Belle Plaine, MN 56011 
(952) 873-3654

Fireside Orchards and Gardens
2225 Lonsdale Boulevard 
Highway 19 
Northfield, MN 55057 
(507) 663-1376

McDougall’s Apple Junction
4325 South 110th Street (County Road 78) 
Hastings, MN 55033 

Minnesota Harvest
8251 Old Highway 169 Boulevard 
Jordan, MN 55352 
(952) 492-7753

Pleasant Valley Orchard
17325 Pleasant Valley Road
Shafer, Minnesota 55074
(651) 257-9159

Sweetland Orchard
26205 Fairlawn Avenue 
Webster, MN 55088 
(651) 252-4337

Whistling Well Farm
8973 South St. Croix Trail
Hastings, MN 55033
(651) 998-0301


West Side:

Apple Jack Orchards
4875 37th Street SE 
Delano, MN 55328 
(763) 972-6673

Deardorff Orchards
8282 Parley Lake Rd
Waconia, MN 55387
(952) 442-1885

Homestead Orchard
1080 County Road 92 
Maple Plain, MN 55359  
(763) 479-3186

Minnetonka Orchards
6530 County Road 26
Minnetrista, MN 55364
(763) 479-6530


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