East of the Twin Cities metropolitan area you can find Hillview Farm. It is an apple orchard that offers many activities for kids of all ages to enjoy during autumn. Of course you can find apples of many varieties there like Honeycrisp apples. Along with the apple selection you can see and purchase pumpkins, squash, apple cider and an assortment of jams.
During the weekends in the month of October you can go for a hayride that is drawn by the quiet footsteps of some large horses. This is a great event that is peaceful compared to a tractor pulling a hay wagon. Kids love to go on the hayride that is pulled by horses.
You can take your kids to the orchard and let them pick their own apples. This is a great even that kids love to do since they learn how apples grow and how to harvest them. Then they can take the apples they have picked home and eat them or make them into pie or sauce with the help of an adult. Children also get a chance to be outdoors spending quality time with their parents.
Once the apples are picked you can retreat into the store where you can try some apple cider and see all the fun foods like jam, sorghum syrup, caramel apples and the crafts there. You can also have a picnic in the picnic grounds where you can find a nice shady tree to sit under and enjoy a treat.
Pumpkins are at Hillview and you can let your children pick out their very own pumpkin to take home and carve for Halloween. Gourds and squash can also be purchased and used for decoration or to eat.
A visit to an orchard is a great way to enjoy the autumn season since you can find all kinds of fall crops and food. At Hillveiw Farm you can enjoy the fall colors on the way to the orchard. The hills of Wisconsin come alive with color and they make a beautiful ride to the orchard. It only takes about an hour to drive from the Twin Cities to Eau Claire, Wisconsin were you can find Hillview Farm.
Take a hike on the walking trail in the cool fall air and enjoy the trees that turned colors during the autumn. Hillview Farm is open Wednesday- Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. and it is handicap accessible. You can learn more about Hillview Farm and find directions to get there at http://www.savorwisconsin.com/alllistings/detail.asp?recordid=228&table=producer.