It’s autumn in the Netherlands, which means it’s time for everything cosy. So why not go apple picking? 🍏
Throughout the year, in different parts of the country, there are many farms and orchards that let you pick your own fruits, vegetables, and flowers. From late September to October, you can pick your own apples. Some farms even have pear trees too!
Why go apple picking?
There’s something so fun about searching high and low throughout rows of trees to find that one perfect apple. If you have a favourite kind of apple, most orchards have their rows labelled, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. This is also a great way to discover new kinds of apples. Besides, it makes for a great day out!
Many places don’t charge an admission fee, and you only pay for what you pick. The best part is, it’s usually no more than €3 euros for a kilogram, so you can get a lot of fruit for a great price — especially if you’re one of those people who can’t stop picking.
Remember though, you might have to bring your own bag, use a basket or push a wheelbarrow to collect your fruits. Many of these family farms also have a small country market, with locally-made goods such as jams, juices, baked goods, and of course, fruits and vegetables. Perfect if you love trying new goodies, or supporting local businesses!
What will you do with all these apples?
Besides just munching on them, the possibilities are endless. You can make spiced apple cider by boiling the fruits with spices such as star anise or cinnamon sticks, and then use the leftover fruit pulp, called pomace, to bake cookies, muffins or cakes. 🥮
Another drinkable option is using a juicer to make your own freshly pressed apple juice. And of course, with a great nod to Dutch cuisine, you can always make an appeltaart, or apple pie.
Afterwards, you can boil the apple skins in water to make a delicious, naturally pink-coloured tea. There are many great recipes for any of these ideas online, or you can come up with your own!
Where can you go apple picking?
Below you’ll find a list of places to go apple picking in the Netherlands. Are none of these places near you? Try searching on Google for “appels zelf-plukken” which means “pick apples yourself” in Dutch.
🍏 Landgoed de Olmenhorst (between Amsterdam & The Hague)
You can pick apples at Landgoed de Olmenhorst from September 10 to October 30. It’s open for picking on Wednesdays from 1 PM to 5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The cost per kilogram for apples and pears here is €2.50. Kiosks with food and drinks are available as well. If you’ve planned your apple picking as a fun weekend activity, remember that you’ll need to make an online reservation, and that parking costs €3. If you’re picking on Wednesdays, you don’t need a reservation.
📍 Lisserweg 481, 2165 AS, Lisserbroek
☎️ 0252 413165
🍏 Fruittuin Verbeek (Zwolle area)
Live in Zwolle? Fruittuin Verbeek is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM — with apples and pears available for you to pick.
Bring your own bag, or buy one of their linen bags (which cost €1.50), and pick for €2.25 per kilo.
📍 Vierhuizenweg 5, 8096 RP, Oldebroek
☎️ 0525-630 799
🍏 Landwinkel Oldiek (Groningen region)
Live in the north? Geen problem (no problem). You can pick apples at Landwinkel Oldiek from September 17 until October 15, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There’s also a terrace and country shop on-site, in case you don’t feel like going through the effort of making your own apple pie. 😉
📍 Hoofdweg West 26, 9944 EB, Nieuwolda
☎️ 0596 857271
🍏 Fruitkwekerij T Keetje (Alkmaar area)
📍 Kadijkweg 65 A, 1614 MA, Lutjebroek
What are your plans for the weekend? Will you go apple picking? Tell us in the comments below!
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in October 2021, and was fully updated in September 2022, for your reading pleasure.