Where to Go Apple Picking with Kids in Madison County
Scott’s Orchard has been growing apples since 1927 and five generations later they are still one of North Alabama favorite orchards. Found at many local farmers markets, paper bags of Scotts apples can also be bought right at the orchard. But only since the Fall of 2017 has the public been allowed to pick their own! With over 90 acres of apples, Scotts Orchard has plans to expand in the future.
There are currently a couple of varieties of apples available, with more to be expected throughout the season. Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala are available now. They also produce peaches during the season around June.
Address: 2163 Scott Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8am-5pm and Sundays 1-5pm
You-Pick Cost: $2 Admission, plus $5.50 for a Half Peck or $8 for a Full Peck
Peck = 10 to 12 lbs or about 32 medium apples
Kids under ‘school age’ are FREE
Cash, Checks, All Major Cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay accepted
Pay up front. After you fill your basket, the washed apples are transferred to a plastic bag to take home
Take an Orchard Tour
Tours start Saturday September 7th and will run until October 19th. These 1.5 hour tours are for all ages. Tours are $12 and includes the $2 admission fee. Reservations are required online on their website: www.scottsorchard.com.
Scott’s Orchard Apple Picking Tips
- Do they spray their apples? Yes. As a conventional farm, they use an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program that targets specific pests and diseases with the sprays.
- Washing stations are available at the orchard. At home a solution soak of 1 Cup White Vinegar in a filled kitchen sink with lukewarm water for about 10 minutes, then rinse for a natural way to clean your produce effectively. Store the apples in the refrigerator if you like them cold an crisp.
- Apple wagons are available on site for free to use to help navigate the orchards. Small kids (under age 5) are allowed in the wagons if desired.
- Wear closed-toed shoes and prepare for the kids to want to play on the hay bail playground with slides!
- There are bathrooms onsite but no changing tables.
Stop by the OTHER Apple Store!
A General Store is onsite with all the fall favorites: apple cider, local honey, baking mixes, jams/jellies, mulling spices, apparel, you can even buy your own apple tree to bring home to grow!
Of course pies, apple cider slushes, peach ice cream, fresh waffle cones, salted carmel apple pie ice cream, caramel apples and a fresh pressed cider are also available to purchase! You can buy pre-picked bags of apples in the store and you can also find Scotts Orchard apples at area farmers markets.
Yummy Apple Recipes
Easy No-Bake Apple Ideas
Apple Slice ‘Donuts’
Use an apple corer to remove core from apple.
Slice into quarter inch slices to make ‘donut’ shapes.
Use a variety of toppings. We love nut butter ‘frosting’ with sprinkles, coconut flakes, raisins, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, drizzle with honey or top with pumpkin pie spice.
You can leave these open faced or top with another ‘donut’ to make a apple donut sandwich stacker.
Chicken Salad with Chopped Apples
2 Cups Rotisserie or Cooked chicken, chopped/diced/shredded. 1 Granny Smith Apple, diced
1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to taste
Serve on sliced apples or apple ‘donuts’ (with your apple spiralizer) to be more applelicious !
Apple Snack Board
Great way to promote self-feeding. Serve Snack Boards before, during or after meals.
+Spiralized, wedged, sliced
+Cheddar cheese blocks, nuts, vanilla yogurt with cinnamon, Nutbutters, Pumpkin & Sunflower seeds, Crackers, Grapes, raisins. Make sure you choose different colors and textures and use up whats in your pantry!
Apple tools of the trade found locally at Target and available at the Orchard General Store:
Apple Peeler/Spiralizer (Apple Slinky)
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Rachel Brown is a foodie by heart and Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator by trade. A mother of two young children, she is always searching for fun and exciting things to eat and create as a family. Rachel moved here from Nashville, TN in 2016 and is enjoying exploring Huntsville and all the exciting things happening here. You can follow her exciting Huntsville foodie finds on her Instagram @RocketCityDietitian or on FaceBook as Rocket City Dietitian.