The 5 Best Apple Orchards in South Dakota!

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The best way for families to break in the fall season is by exploring a beautiful apple orchard. Not only do you end up with a bag of fresh, delicious apples, but you have memories that last a lifetime! Head to the five best apple orchards in South Dakota for a taste of this fresh and flavorful fruit!

1. Country Apple Orchard, Harrisburg, SD

Since 1984, this orchard has been a favorite for those in the Sioux Falls area. Country Apple Orchard has about 6,000 trees with 13 varieties of apple, including Connel Red, Cortland, Fireside, Haralson, Haralred, Honey Gold, Honey Crisp, Jonathon, McIntosh, Paula Red, Regent, Red Cortland, and Sweet Sixteen. The harvest begins in mid-August and continues to late October. Seven acres of pumpkins are also available. It is only five miles from Sioux Falls in Harrisburg, so it is easy to get to.

2. Silver Creek Orchard, Baltic, SD

Not only does Silver Creek Orchard offer apple picking, but also petting zoo, hay bale fort, pumpkin patch, and horse-drawn wagon. Horse-drawn hayrides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. The apple harvest begins late August and ends early October. Apple varieties grown here are Honeycrisp, Zestar, Wonder Fuji, SnowSweet, Honeygold, and Wolf River. It is the perfect family-fun attraction to celebrate fall!

3. Hoversten Orchards, Brandon, SD

Brandon’s Hoversten Orchards covers 25 acres with five thousand trees and 22 varieties of apple. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but open from noon to 6 p.m. every other day. In addition to apple picking, this orchard also sells apple and farm products like apple cider, fresh honey, pies, preserves, jellies, salsa, and barbecues. See you at the orchard!

4. Prairie Blush Orchards, Lake Norden, SD

Prairie Blush Orchards is on a rural countryside farm and is family-owned and operated. Visitors get an authentic farming atmosphere and can pick fresh apples. Pumpkin and squash are also available. A large variety of apples are grown here including Ruby Macintosh, Haralson, State Fair, Honeycrisp, Sweet Sixteen, SnowSweet, Connel Red, and Red Baron. The last harvest is usually in early to mid-October. This orchard opens in early September, so mark your calendar!

5. Homestead Orchard, Parker, SD

This orchard is located in the town of Parker outside of Sioux Falls. The apple variety changes weekly as more apples ripen. In addition to apples, they offer pumpkins, many types of squash, and gourds. Visitors can also marvel at the over 100 plots of chrysanthemums. Homestead Orchard is only open Friday through Sunday, so get there while you can!

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