Fall is right around the corner. And for a lot of people, it's their favorite season. A recent survey listed the top ten things people are excited for when it comes to fall and making the top ten was going apple picking.

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That got me thinking. Where are some places you can go to pick apples in central Minnesota? Well, I did some research and found there are quite a few places that are within about an hour drive or less.

Here's a list of those places and where they are:

1. Hidden Cove Orchard - Cold Spring, MN (website)
Picking season starts August 30th. They also have a bunch of other activities you can do with the whole family.

2. JQ Fruit Farm & Orchard - Princeton, MN (website)
Picking season starts September 7th

3. Knaptons  - Rockford, MN (website)
Picking season should be starting soon. Call ahead. They also have a big variety of other fruits and vegetables.

4. Organic Breezy Hill - Maple Lake, MN (website)
Picking starts weekends in September. Pick-your-own certified organic apples, pears, and raspberries as well.

5. Apple Jack's Orchards - Delano, MN (website)
Picking season starts August 31st. They have a hug variety of apples to pick but not all are available right away. Call ahead first.

6. Woods Edge Apples Orchard - Buffalo, MN (website)
Picking season starts the last week of August.

7. Fairhaven Farms - South Haven, MN (website)
Not sure when they open since their website hasn't been updated for a couple of years. Call ahead to find out.