Nothing beats the crunch of an Idaho apple. This fall, instead of heading to the grocery store for your weekly fruits, why not stop by an orchard and pick them yourself? You’ll be supporting the local farmers, and they’ll taste better, too. Find great options below!
Cabalo’s Orchards and Gardens in Kuna, Idaho, is open seasonally and produces watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, snow leopard melon, green beans, popcorn, zucchini, crookneck squash, and apples, among others. The orchard is family run and set on 10 acres. All of their fruit is pesticide free. Cabalo’s is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and by appointment for u-picking. Cabalo’s grows 13 kinds of apples, all available for u-pick from August through November. The pricing changes year to year, so make sure to call them for an updated listing.
Anderson Apple Ranch typically opens for u-picking in late September and stays open until late October, although the exact dates change year to year. Make sure to bring cash or a check—credit cards are not accepted. Anderson Apple Ranch sells Oregon Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples for a reasonable price.
Kelly Orchards in Weiser, Idaho, offers u-pick peaches, plums, and apples. The orchards are locally owned and operated. They grow a wide variety of apples, including Lodi, Zestar, Gingergold, Gala, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Jonagold, Empire, Red Delicious, and more. Their most popular apple is the Fuji, described on their website as having a “very sweet flavor. Dense crisp texture. Fantastic for eating fresh and dried.” U-pick apples are always a fair price.
We know, we’ve already selected on apple picking location from Emmett, but what can we say? The town is an apple picking gold mine. Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard is family owned and operated. Stop by to pick your own fruit, including cherries, apricots, plums, apples, and peaches.
Kelley’s Canyon Orchard of Filer, Idaho, bares no relation to Kelly Orchards in Weiser, Idaho, as far as we can tell, except that they both produce excellent apples. Choose from pre-picked cherries, apricots, peaches, pears, nectarines, plums, apples, tomatoes, and melons. Kelley’s Canyon Orchard has been in the same family for five generations and continues to use the techniques that made it successful all those years ago.