Sunday, November 08, 2009

Apples From "R" Apples

Barthel Fruit Farm and Niemann Orchards may be the popular Milwaukee-area farms for apple picking, but my heart belongs to the little-known “R” Apples. This place does no advertising, has no Web site, and good luck trying to find its address on Google.

If you do find yourself driving past this place in rural Mequon, pop in and you could be in for some great deals on pick-your-own fruits and vegetables (see this old post about "R"Apples' tomatoes.)

In the fall, "R" Apples has 8 to 10 varieties of apples for picking. For the past two weeks they’ve had Suncrisp , Ida Red, Jonathan, Jonamac, Jonagold, Braeburn, Red Delicious and Spartan for the unbelievable price of 30 cents per pound. The Suncrisps and Ida Reds are some of the best apples I’ve had this year.

"R" Apples should be open for apple-picking through Thanksgiving on weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call ahead, though—their hours can be flexible (they were closed when I showed up at 11 a.m. last Sunday, but opened by 12:30 p.m.)

"R" Apples
12246 N. Farmdale Rd., Mequon
Phone: (262) 242-0669


Rozmin said...

Yum! We don't have any pick your own's around here, but there is a guy in a small French town nearby with a tiny almost invisible storefront. He sells apples, and sometimes apple cider, apple juice, onions, potatoes, pears and squash. But mostly apples, in big 3 kg bags. I like the Boscoop variety. :-)

Lo said...

Oh, wow -- I didn't think anyone knew about "R" apples! We didn't live far from their farm when we kept house in Germantown. We used to pick there whenever we had the chance!

Any idea what sort of farming practices they use? One thing I will admit I love about Barthel's is that they use sustainable pest management ... not so sure about others in the area.

Julia (alias Yulinka Cooks) said...

Rozmin--The local farms here sell apple cider, onions, potatoes and lots of vegetables, depending on the season. R Apples is still selling cauliflower and potatoes, I think. I've never had Boscoop--what do they taste like?

Lo--People tend to learn about R Apples through word-of-mouth, I've noticed. I'm glad I found this place. I don't know about their farming practices, though.

Maya said...

Thanks for sharing! We will check them out!

Anonymous said...

Wow i love this place too! Been going there for over 20 years to pick grapes, tomatoes pumpkin raspberry currents and other tasty stuff. But you're right it's a well kept secret and I PD all the people that pull into that big farm south of it.

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