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Deer Lake Orchard

Woman holding freshly picked apples.

It wouldn’t be fall without a trip to the apple orchard. 

Deer Lake Orchard is a family-owned apple orchard located just outside of Buffalo, Minnesota. Founded in 1965 this orchard has it all, from a breathtaking maple tree forest to a variety of apples to pick or bagged and ready to be bought, as well as family-friendly activities! Let’s dive in and see what the amazing Deer Lake Orchard has to offer. 

Deer Lake Orchard Located In Beautiful Buffalo Minnesota

Buffalo Minnesota was platted in 1856 and named after a nearby lake properly named Buffalo Lake. Buffalo Minnesota has so many family-friendly and fun options making it a perfect tourist destination. Buffalo also has a buzzing art scene, The Buffalo Community Orchestra has been a huge part of the city scene putting on and producing plays since 1986. Buffalo also offers an abundance of dining options.

One of the highly-rated dining options located in Buffalo is Mill Creek Inn. They offer so many options for appetizers, salads, and entrees. Some of the items they offer range from chicken wings, smoked queso mac n cheese, fried walleye, sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and prime rib! Truly a treat for everyone!  This would be a perfect place to visit and grab dinner after soaking up all the things Deer Lake Apple Orchard has to offer.

Mill Creek Inn also has a cocktail lounge to relax in while you may have to wait for a table since this place is so fabulous! The best part is it is about a 7-minute drive from the apple orchard to this amazing restaurant, so you wouldn’t be going out of your way at all! 

Buffalo Minnesota also has an amazing shopping scene as well with a multitude of antique shops. So if you are into looking for the most unique antiques this would be a town for you! A quick google search and you will have so many highly rated antique shops to get your “antiquing” on. 

Two children playing with a bushel of apples.

Deer Lake Orchard A Family Owned Orchard

Yuri and Jill along with their six children own and operate this amazing apple orchard. Yuri and Jill a husband and wife team knew they wanted to run a family business and have their children learn and grow in an agricultural lifestyle according to a post on the Minnesota Patch. Yuri and Jill are the fifth owners of the orchard since the planting of the trees in 1968 and keeping family values and tradition alive. 

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All About the Apples At Deer Lake Orchard

Deer Lake Orchard has an abundance of apples to choose from when you go to visit their orchard. A few they have listed are Orioles, Duchess, Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Cortland, SweeTango, and the list goes on. There are so many amazing choices that you can choose from either a U-Pick or bushels ready to grab! 

What can be better than getting yourself some fresh farm-to-table or orchard to table that is, fresh delicious apples to make your fall recipes even more special than they already are. One of their most popular apples, the Honey Crisp apple, is one of my personal favorites and is one the best keeping apples as well. With a crisp, sweet, and juicy flavor, these apples are available from mid to late September. 

Honeycrisp apples growing on the tree.

Another fabulous apple choice is the SweeTango which is a patented crossbreed between the Honeycrisp and the zestar! apples, this trademark actually belongs to the University of Minnesota wherein 2009 horticulturalists married the Honeycrisp and the Zestar varieties. That, in turn, created the Minneiska, the tree that bears the SweeTango apple. 

Family Fun And Fun For All

Deer Lake Orchard has a ton of family activities to offer, which is a great way to entertain the little ones (and the big ones) on a beautiful fall day. Some of the actives they offer are: 

  • Wagon rides through a maple forest
  • U-Pick apple picking 
  • Pumpkin and gourd patch
  • 4-acre corn maze (you heard right — four acres!)
  • An animal area with adorable goats and pigs. 
  • Kids play area which includes a hay bale maze and a playhouse 

Deer Lake Orchard also has a small market on their property where they sell take-and-bake fruit pies, apple crisps, jams, caramel treats, and more! So if you’re a foodie, this is going to be a go-to pit stop. After a long day outside at the orchard, what could be better than picking up a pie and tossing it in the oven once you get home for a nice hot sweet treat to warm you up on those fall nights. 

Corn maze sign.
Corn Maze Sign

Private Events At Deer Lake Orchard 

Deer Lake Orchard offers one of the most beautiful event rental spaces I have ever seen. Their grounds and facility are perfect for corporate events, birthday parties, showers, weddings, and more! They offer multiple packages to fit any type of budget.

Deer Lake Orchard also offers school tours, which I personally think is absolutely amazing. Tours can be customized to fit any age range from the littles to the bigs! These tours would include the wagon rides, apples, animal area, and a tour of the apple production facility! 

Hayride with friends and family.

A Stunning Wedding Location

Getting married? Looking for an outdoor location? Looking for the prettiest backdrop for your special day’s photos? You need to check Deer Lake Orchard. If a barn wedding is what you have always dreamed of, this would be the perfect venue for you and your future husband or wife.

They have multiple options for ceremony sites. Their website mentions they have locations either within the apple orchard or around one of their ponds they have located on the grounds — now that sounds like a dream to me! They have so many stunning photographs on their website as well showing off some of these locations, you have to check them out!

The maximum size of an event is around 275 people so that means the location for your wedding will be nice and spacious. When booking your wedding with Deer Lake Orchard it also includes tables, chairs, a white party tent, wagon rides, and the classic barn made for those super special photography moments.

One of the owners Jill, also has her own Pinterest Page where she posts photos of the events going on at the orchard. Let me tell you, it is stunning. If you are already an avid Pinterester, you have to check out this page by Jill. I think the rustiness of the barn as a backdrop makes these photos even more beautiful — these brides and grooms look absolutely stunning. 

Bride and Groom at their wedding at an orchard. Book your wedding at Deer Lake Orchard.

Deer Lake Apple Orchard, A Place You Need To Visit

From the stunning apple orchards and variety of apples to choose from, wagon rides, a small market with delicious treats, corn mazes, and much more this is a must-visit location when you are in the Buffalo Minnesota area.  

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Hours Of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Phone Number: (763) 682-4284

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