Fall is in the air and what better way to kick off the autumn season than with apple picking? I'm a serious sucker for all things fall related (football, gorgeous color-changing leaves, cooler temperatures, sweaters, boots, etc.), but especially the glorious harvest that this good earth has to offer.
I'd heard about Huber Grove in Midway, Utah, last autumn, when my husband and I started learning about heirloom apples and how many hundreds and thousands (yes, thousands) of apple varieties exist throughout the world. Not just your standard Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala, etc. While researching U-pick apple orchards in Utah, we came across Huber Grove at Wasatch State Park in Midway. This pioneer-era apple orchard boasts 115-year-old trees that produce Yellow Transparent and Red Astrachan apple varieties. 115-year-old trees!! These still-producing trees are older than any of my grandparents!! As soon as I learned about this orchard, I knew I had to experience the apples.
Unfortunately, we missed the boat for apple-picking last year when we realized that the apple-picking season had ended at Huber Grove (which runs from August through September every year). Fortunately, I remembered this little gem from our previous year's research, and reserved a time for my family to pick some heirloom organic Red Astrachan apples this past weekend. We arrived at Huber Grove and after some quick instructions from the friendly apple orchard stewards, we were allowed two hours, two baskets, and two apple picking implements with which to pick any apples or crab apples that were ripe throughout the orchard. The drive up Parleys Canyon alone was worth the trip, as the mountains are currently aflame with maple trees that have turned brilliant shades of red. But my kids loved picking the apples and sampling their tart sweetness. We ended up taking home about a bushel of lovely heirloom apples. Canning, here I come!
I can't think of a more autumnal activity than picking ripe apples in the cool of the mountains.
Make reservations (the sooner, the better) online here.
- ADA accessible
- Pack a lunch and have a picnic for post-apple picking. Or head to Granny's (511 S Main St., Heber City, UT 84032) for the best ice cream shakes in Heber (and in Utah).
From the Huber Grove reservation website:
- The Huber Apple Orchard is over 120 years old and still producing apples. Please be respectful of these historic trees so we can provide a sustainable community event for years to come.
- Reservations required for picking apples.
- Groups are allowed to have more than 8 people if they are under 10 years of age.
- You are only allowed to pick 2 baskets of apples per reservation.
- The park will supply 2 baskets and 2 apple pickers per reservation.
- You will have 2 hours to pick apples.
- Bring your own bags to take apples home in. Return baskets to staff when finished.
- No ladders and no climbing trees allowed.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
- The annual apple harvest may be canceled at any time due to low production of apples.
- Refunds will be available if we have to cancel it (minus $2.00 processing fee).
- Please print this confirmation letter. It is your permit to park at the Huber Grove.