Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon.
Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon.

Fall's a fine time for apple picking

Welcoming the fall season means getting ready for festive activities that many have been looking forward to all summer. No, we are not talking about raking leaves. We are talking about apple picking!

Barthel Fruit Farm is one of the best places to find fresh apples and all your tasty fall treats. I sat down with Nino, the sales and personnel manager, to talk about what makes their farm unique.

In the fall, Barthel Fruit Farm offers apples, pears, plums and pumpkins. Then, in the spring, they grow strawberries and sugar snap peas. They also have a plant business in which they grow herbs, perennials, annuals, succulents, small trees and shrubs.

Right now, apple picking is one of the main attractions at the farm. There are many different types of apples to choose from and enjoy. Many love the Honeycrisp for the sweet flavor, and the 20-ounce Pippin or the Cortland for baking.

You can also find caramel apples, pumpkins, gourds, squash, popcorn and more in their barn. Be sure to check it out before the apples are sold out!

The market is more than just produce.
The market is more than just produce.

Catch the East Town market before season ends

If you are looking for something fun to do on your Saturday morning, you should check out the East Town Market while you still can this fall.

I sat down with Emily Linn, assistant director of East Town Association, to talk about what goes on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cathedral Square.

The East Town Market boasts about 30 produce vendors. All the foods offered are freshly prepared with locally grown products.

They also have craft vendors, food trucks, and coffee tents at the park each Saturday. The Wisconsin Athletic Club provides yoga classes from 9 to 10 a.m., and then Danceworks offers a dance workout from 10 to 11 a.m.

East Town Market has live music at the park each Saturday, as well. A local band plays for your entertainment as you relax or shop throughout the rest of the morning. This year, the East Town Market will be open on Saturdays until Oct. 4, so get there soon.