One of the most common questions asked in the Fall, is “Where can I find an apple orchard near me”?

We love Brainerd, Minnesota for many reasons, but especially because of its central location. Here in Brainerd, we have a variety of lodging options and we are only a short drive away from many different things to do, and apple orchards are no exception!

Within just 40 miles of Brainerd, we have five available options at which you can pick apples and enjoy other types of garden produce, fruit, farm tours, and more. View the list below of the farms listed within 40 miles from Brainerd, according to the website.

Shady Oak Farm

(320) 412-6530

25064 Emstad Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

Brainerd, Minnesota – 11.7 miles from Brainerd

Features: Apples, Garden Produce, Jam/Jelly/Spreadable Fruit, Tours, Wine

We here at Shady Oak Farm are working towards going everything as natural as we possible can. We are planting fruits, veggies, berries of all kinds. We will also include farm fresh eggs at this time with fresh goat milk when it becomes available. We also have plans to include a yr-round green house to offer everyone fresh farm veggies throughout the yr.

Johnsdale Orchard

Onamia, Minnesota – 24.4 miles from Brainerd

Apples, Grapes, Hops for Brewing

Johnsdale Orchard is a small well maintained orchard featuring Fireside, Haralson & Honeycrisp apples. No pesticides are used and organic rules followed. At this time, too small for organic certification. Expanding every year with more trees, grapes, hops and bees. Where Heaven & Earth collide.

Red Barn Orchard

(218) 838-8185

Pine River, Minnesota – 25.1 miles from Brainerd


Fresh Minnesota Grown apples. With 14 different varieties from Beacon to Zestar!, we’ve got your favorite! We are open wknds from 10a-5p starting about Sep 1, or when the apples are ready.

Cookie & Vinny’s Grass-Fed Lamb

(218) 575-2020

Cushing, Minnesota – 25.3 miles from Brainerd

Apples, Bedding Plants (annuals/perennials), Eggs, Garden Produce, Lamb

Small, family sheep & produce farm near Fish Trap Lake & Lake Alexander. Farmed using organic principles since 1972. Seasonal produce throughout the summer months. Lamb available (limited quantities) yr-round. Grass-fed, supplemented with apples & acorns in fall. USDA inspected & processed locally. Visit us on Facebook! Open by appointment most days.

Foothills Orchard & Gardens, LLC

(320) 420-7622

Little Falls, Minnesota – 29.7 miles from Brainerd

Apples, Bedding Plants (annuals/perennials), Blueberries, Garden Produce, Sweet Corn

We are a relatively new orchard, started in 2013. We have 4,000 trees & bushes planted & should have apples, plums & blueberries this summer, along with asparagus, rhubarb & a large variety of vegetables in 4 acres of garden. You can PYO or have us do it for you. We also sell at the Little Falls Farmers Mkt on the west side Wed & Sat & At Coborns on Thu. Open by appt, pls call.

Oasis Orchards, LLC

(218) 296-1254

Staples, Minnesota – 33.4 miles from Brainerd

Apples, Pumpkins, Squash

Join us for our grand opening season! Featuring SweeTango, Honeycrisp & Zestar! apples. Pumpkins, squash & gourds are also for sale. Open wknds during apple season & at local farmers mkts.

Carmel Apple Orchard Inn

(218) 894-2796

Staples, Minnesota – 33.5 miles from Brainerd

Apples, Bakery Products, Bed & Breakfast/Farmstay, Gift Baskets, Jam/Jelly/Spreadable Fruit

Rest & recharge in the country w/ sumptuous comfort, gourmet breakfast, the best coffee, fruit & homemade pastries. Stroll the nature trail & watch the sunset by a campfire. Breakfast served in the dining room or on the deck overlooking a pond, gardens & orchard. 2 suites w/ private bath. Orchard opens Oct 1, apples including Honeycrisp, Honeygold & more. Jellies/pies/caramel apples/fall produce. B&B, May 1-Dec 15. Orchard, Oct 1-sold out: Daily Noon-6p.

Gilby’s Nursery & Orchard

(218) 670-0561

Aitkin, Minnesota – 36.3 miles from Brainerd

Apples, Chicken, Maple Syrup, Pumpkins, Wild Rice

We have 800+ apple trees. Early season: SweeTango, Wealthy & Zestar!. Mid-season: HoneyCrisp & Sweet 16. Late Season: Haralson, Haralred & Frostbite. Giant & what?…square pumpkins! Squash, gourds, fall flowers, locally grown jams, syrups & honey. Walk through the orchard, on the trails or in our new corn maze. Hay rides too! Feed our free-range chickens! Open end of Aug-Nov 5 (or sold out). We can ship our premium apples & other products directly to you!

There you have it! Our list of local apple-picking options near Brainerd. Apple picking is a great family activity, a romantic date option or a way to spend a quiet afternoon gathering your thoughts (and apples!) for a full day of apple pie baking, applesauce making and more. Of course, spending the day at an apple orchard makes for some great fall photos, too, so make sure to share them on Visit Brainerd’s Facebook page or tag @visitbrainerd in your Instagram posts – we’d love to see them! Happy apple picking!