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An Apple a Day Keeps You in Sturgeon Bay!

Fall is on its way, and what’s the first thing that pops into your mind (and your stomach?)… crisp, juicy apples! Whether they’re already picked or you want the experience of picking your own, Door County has plenty, as we’re the largest apple growing region in Wisconsin! Sturgeon Bay is home to a handful of vast orchards just waiting for you. The apple crop usually ripens from mid-September to mid-October, depending on the variety and will usually begin in the southern part of the county. Now, the better question is… What do I do with those tasty apples? Take your “pick!”

Apple Pie

Nothing can beat the smell of a fresh apple pie coming right out of the oven, but apple makes the best pie? It ultimately depends on your preference and how you like the texture of your pie. Honey Crisp and Sweet Tango’s are sweet and crisp while McIntosh are soft and mushy (but in a good way). Granny Smith Apples are crisp and tart and give a nice snap to your pie.


Making homemade applesauce is a simple and fun activity for the entire family. The best part?  All that you can do with it! Add it to your muffin mix for a healthier choice, add a little twist into your morning oatmeal, or warm it up and add it to some vanilla ice cream for dessert! Since you will be cooking the apples down, you’ll want a softer apple. Great choices are the Golden Delicious and Fuji. The McIntosh apple has a more tender flesh, but breaks down nicely when being cooked. For some fun, the Pink Lady is a great choice because the applesauce result is a cool pink-orange color! An easy technique for making the sauce is with a slow cooker. The larger the apple slices, the more texture your applesauce is will have. If you want more of a puree applesauce, you can put the sauce in a food processor or blender directly after cooking.

Apple Cider

Some people like to use multiple types of apples because of the different flavors  that then create the perfect cider. If you want a sweet cider, use Golden or Red Delicious, Gala, and Jonagold apples. For a sharper flavor, use Liberty, Gravenstein, McIntosh, and Winesap apples. And for the bitter taste, use Cortland, Newtown, and Dolgo Crabapple apples.

Apple Juice

Kids absolutely love apple juice, so why not do the process with them? One of the best apple choices for juicing are the Red Delicious. This apple produces a sweet and delicious tasting juice because of its natural sugar and nutrients. Another great choice is the Yellow Delicious. Though this apple is a lot less sweet than the Red Delicious, it has a much higher acid content, which ultimately makes it sweet. If you want a more tart tasting juice, Yellow Delicious will do the job.


So where do you find these fresh and delicious apples? Right here in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, of course! After all, here in Sturgeon Bay, it’s “Come for the fun. Stay for the memories” and apple picking is certain to make those special memories for you and your friends and family.

Choice Orchards
4594 Co Rd HH, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 - http://choiceorchards.com/

Wood Orchard
1724 N 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 - http://woodorchard.com/

Cherry Lane Orchards
7525 Cherry Ln, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 - http://www.cherrylaneorchards.com/