We are sold out of all apples that have ripened so far. Chieftains are the last variety to ripen, and they are not ready yet. The orchard will be closed Sunday, September 25 because there aren't any apples available at this time.

We experienced a late freeze this past spring, which - according to all the charts and data - should have killed our entire crop. It didn't kill the whole crop, but there are substantially less apples this fall.

Apples have been ready earlier than normal this year. We have now picked all of the Honeycrisp, Jonathan, and Haralson. There are a few Haralson seconds left, but the others are all sold out. We will have apples available for You Pick again when the Chieftain are ready, perhaps around the beginning of October.

We are open Sundays 10am-5pm and weekdays by appointment. There is no appointment needed on Sundays.

There is no admission fee to visit our orchard

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We Encourage You to Pick!

McWilliams Apple Orchard is a small, family orchard near Maxwell, IA. We have four different varieties of apples: Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Chieftain, and Haralson. See our Varieties of Apples page for information on each type of apple.

If you are looking for a quiet, Iowa, country apple orchard where you can relax and pick your own apples, this is the place for you. We don't have any other fancy entertainment, but we are simple, friendly, and best of all local.

Check out where to buy our apples in Iowa or contact us to set up a time to come to the orchard.

We also have apple wood for smoking. It is sold in custom-sized chunks for $0.50/pound. Apple wood is available year round, and can be picked up at the orchard or delivered to a location on the north side of Des Moines.

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