Fall Fun in the Orchard – Apple Orchards Surround Gerstad Communities

Apple Picking Around All Gerstad CommunitiesFrom McHenry, IL to Woodstock, Richmond and even Williams Bay, WI, apple picking season is in full seasonal flair! Our communities are located in some of the most fortunate parts of the country with tons of local orchards that allow for afternoons of picking fresh apples straight from the tree. Did you know that Woodstock has the largest concentration of apple orchards in the state of Illinois with apple orchards boasting of more than 20 apple varieties in McHenry County? Picking apples and spending the day in the historic Woodstock Square is a fall tradition and this fall season is off to an amazing start!

The popular apple orchards in McHenry County that are now open include:

All Seasons Apple Orchard – This is one of the largest apple orchards in Woodstock, with over 10,000 apple trees and two apple orchards. During the months of September and October, the restaurant serves delicious apple cider donuts, caramel apples, fresh cider and much more.

Homestead Orchard – This is a quiet place in the country to pick 23 varieties of apples, pie cherries and pears. Homestead Orchard also has one of the oldest and largest maple trees in McHenry County.

Lang’s Orchard – With 12 varieties of apples, this orchard has come a long way through trial and error since 1975. Come hear the history first-hand from the owners and try their original fruit spread, salsa and soup mixes!

More than Delicious Orchard – Pre-picked or U-pick from 80 varieties of apples and pears; windfalls at half-price, September through October.

Woodstock Country Orchard – There are 13 different apples to choose from to make caramel apples, apple muffins, apple pies, and more!

For information on picking dates and hours of operation, call or visit the orchards websites.

McHenry is also home to other harvest farms such as Grace Farm Studios and Heider’s Berry Farm. These hidden gems offer deliciously juicy berries to satisfy all your pie, jams and baking needs throughout fall and winter. At Grace Farm Studios, you pick from black, purple, yellow and red raspberries, plus plenty of Aronia berries, also known as chokecherries. During the month of September, Heider’s Berry Farm offers a pre-pick or u-pick strawberries, as well as red raspberries.

We’re proud to say that these amazing orchards, tons of popular farmer’s market and Woodstock Square are only 20 to 30 minutes from all of our communities! Visit www.gerstadbuilders.com/communities to see which community fits your lifestyle.