Apple Picking Opportunities Just in Time for Peak Season
Fall is finally here and as the air gets crisper, so do the apples. Apple season is once again upon us and the time is right to enjoy these tasty fruits. Luckily, Illinois has some of the best pick-your-own orchards around so you can enjoy one of the season’s favorite activities just a short drive from home.
At All Seasons Apple Orchard in Woodstock, families love the tradition of picking fresh apples each year. After a quick hayride out to the orchard, guests have their pick from more than 10,000 apple trees! And as one of the few orchards that grow the popular Honeycrisp apples, All Seasons has been an Illinois favorite for many years. If you decide you’d rather play with your food than eat it, this orchard has a shooting gallery where you can launch apples and pumpkins for an additional fee. Visit www.allseasonsorchard.com for more information and the latest happenings at the orchard.
Right up the road from Williams Bay is the Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard, Illinois. In addition to the U-Pick apple orchard, Royal Oak has the country’s only apple tree maze! The Amaze ‘N Apples apple tree maze has more than a mile-and-a-half of winding trails spread across five acres of land in which to get lost. Now is the perfect time to try your luck at the maze, because guests can pick two apples from the 2,500 trees during peak season. For group reservations and pricing, visit www.royaloakfarmorchard.com or call 815-648-4141.
Experience the sights and smells of fall at Edwards Apple Orchard in Winnebago, Illinois. The orchard is open seven days a week, so there are plenty of opportunities to pick from its 18 varieties of apples. Not only are there delicious apples at Edwards to pick, but there are also famous apple cider donuts, homemade caramel apples and freshly made apple cider to enjoy as you stroll through the fields or the 100-year old dairy barn that acts as a gift shop. You can go online anytime at www.edwardsorchardwest.com or call the office at 815-963-2261 Monday through Friday for picking conditions.
Honeycrisps are also popular at Harvest Time Orchards in Twin Lakes, where they give fair warning to arrive early if you want to snag some of these sweet yet tart apples. After you pick your favorite variety, be sure stop by the Cider Barn for some fresh cider or even a cider milkshake! This orchard also boasts homemade donuts, Wisconsin brats and some of the best Wisconsin meats and cheeses. Enjoy your tasty treats as you take in the fabulous view from the Orchard View Deck on top of the Apple Barn. You can find the apple schedule online at www.myharvesttime.com, but it might be a good idea to call ahead at 262-877-4831 if you plan to pick your own.
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