Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2012 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

 

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Summer is drawing to a close and I’ll admit I’m definitely not a Fall person; I prefer Spring and Summer and I hate to see them go. I do love that it’s apple picking time though! It’s the highlight of Fall for me and I’m really excited about taking the kids again this year.

You may have heard that apple picking conditions may not be ideal this year. The unseasonably warm weather in March caused trees to blossom early, but it was followed by frosts in April. Many of the apple orchards have suffered losses to their crops this year so I’ve done my best to gather information from each of the orchards. In all cases, it’s best to call before visiting! 

Illinois

All Seasons Orchard, 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, 815-338-5637

  • U-Pick season starts September 1. Open 10am-5pm daily, 10am-6pm Saturday.
  • 12 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in late September
  • U-pick is limited due to weather; please call first.
  • 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, country market, restaurant, mini zip park, tire mountain, goat bridge, magic shows, and pig races.

Apples On Oak, 16146 Oak Avenue, Lockport, 815-726-0386

  • Apples on Oak will be closed this season due to weather issues in the Spring.
  • U-Pick is available June 1-October 31; apples are generally ready August-October. Hours are 8am-7pm Monday-Saturday, and 8am-6pm on Sunday.
  • Over 60 varieties of apples.
  • Country market.

Heinz Orchard, 1050 Crest Road, Libertyville, 847-770-3449

  • U-Pick season opening date to be announced soon. Open 10am-4pm Friday-Sunday once the season starts.
  • 5 varieties of apples.
  • The crops did suffer from the frost in the Spring, but there are apples; apples that survived are ready earlier than normal. It is strongly suggested that you call just before going to ensure apples are available.
  • U-Pick season will start August 11. Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday.
  • 8 varieties of apples.
  • Crops were affected by the Spring frosts and it is recommended that you call before visiting.

Honey Hill Orchard, 11747 Waterman Road, Waterman, 815-264-3337

  • U-Pick season opening date to be announced; it is expected to be in mid- to late-August.
  • 18 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in mid-September.
  • Approximately 60% of the apple crop survived the weather, but the supplies will be limited.

Jonamac Orchard, 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta, 815-825-2158

  • U-pick season starts September 1. Open 9am-5pm daily.
  • 25 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens in late September.
  • Corn maze, jumping pillow, slides, duck races, grain bin, hay bail pile, peddle trikes, spider web, kiddy barn, fort and children’s maze, petting zoo, apple launcher and cannon, apple train

Knutson Harvest, 13550 Townhouse Road, Newark, 815-557-4630

  • Apples are generally available mid-July to October. Open 9am-4pm on Saturday, 1pm-4pm on Sunday
  • 13 varieties of apples.

Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park, 815-827-5200 ext. 1

  • U-Pick season starts August 25. Open 9am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm Sunday, but apple picking will ONLY be available on weekends.
  • 12 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch that opens September 15.
  • U-Pick will be limited; some varieties are not available and others are running about 3 weeks earlier than normal. It is suggested that you visit early in September and call before you visit.
  • Strollers, wagons, and backpacks are NOT permitted in the orchard.
  • Due to extreme frosts in April, Lang’s suffered a complete crop loss and will not be open this season.

More Than Delicious Orchard, 9905 Thompson Road, Woodstock, IL, 815-575-9650

  • Freezes in April destroyed the apple crop for this year; the orchard will not open to the public this season.
  • Apple picking will not be available this year because of the Spring frost.
  • There will be no U-Pick apples because of weather problems. The pumpkin patch will open in late September.

Royal Oak Farm, 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, 815-648-4821

  • U-Pick opened August 10. Open 9:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday.
  • Over 20 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch opens in mid-September.
  • Country market & bakery, restaurant, petting zoo, “Royal Oak Express”, carousel, play area, and hay rides.
  • Because of low availability of apples this year, each person will be limited to 1/4 peck (3-4 lbs). Please call before visiting to ensure availability of apples.

Valley Orchard, 811 E. State Street, Cherry Valley, 815-332-9696

  • U-Pick apples available August-November. Open 8am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-4pm Sunday. Closed Sunday, August 12 & 19.
  • Over 24 varieties of apples.
  • Store and bakery.

Woodstock County Orchard, 17015 Garden Valley Road, Woodstock, 815-923-4359

  • No crop this year; Woodstock County Orchard will be closed this season.

Indiana

County Line Orchard200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, IN, 219-947-4477

  • Season starts September 1. Open 9am-6pm daily.
  • Over 20 varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch available in the Fall.
  • Bakery, gift shop, kitchen grill, Kids Farm, Moo-Choo, and corn maze.

Mowry’s Fruit Farm, 2411 E. 109th Ave., Crown Pointe, IN, 219-663-4782

  • No U-Pick apples available this year. Store opens September 6 and is open 9am-5pm Thursday-Sunday.

Radke’s Orchards, 8999 W. 200 North, Michigan City, IN, 219-872-3140

  • U-Pick apple season begins September 1. Open 8:30am-6pm daily until all apples have been picked.
  • 14 varieties of apples.
  • The 2012 crop is slim (approximately 10% of normal). Please call before visiting to ensure availability.

Garwood Orchard, 5911 W. 50 South, LaPorte, IN, 219-362-4385

  • U-Pick apple season has begun. Open 7:30am-6pm Monday-Saturday, 8am-5pm Sunday.
  • 11 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Farm market and special events.

Wisconsin

Apple Holler, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave, Sturtevant, WI, 262-884-7100

  • U-Pick apple season has begun. Open 10am-4pm weekdays, 10am-6pm weekends.
  • More than 25 varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Farmer’s Market, restaurant, pony rides, barnyard animals, Apple Holler Express train, corn maze, pedal carts, cow maze, playground and play area, straw mountain, and bounce house.
  • U-Pick apple season begins September 15. Open 10am-5pm on weekends.
  • Twelve varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Tractor pulled hayride, vintage trolley ride, and lots of special events.
  • U-Pick apple season begins September 6. Open Noon-6pm Thursday-Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday-Sunday.
  • Sixteen varieties of apples and pumpkins are available in the fall.
  • Orchard Store.
  • It is unlikely there will be U-Pick apples available this season.
Looking for things to do with all your apples? Check out some of these great ideas:

Apple picking is a favorite annual event for us & we enjoy trying out new places! Do you go each year? Do you have a favorite place to go to? Got any great ideas for your apples?

4 Responses to Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012
  1. Brigid Keely
    August 14, 2012 | 10:59 am

    The number of places that have experienced a complete crop loss is a little scary.

    Are you going to mention places in Wisconsin? We’ve been to Apple Holler http://www.appleholler.com/ a few times and it’s a lot of fun.

    Thanks for putting this list together.

    • toddlingaroundchicagoland
      August 15, 2012 | 2:00 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion Brigid! I’ll check out Apple Holler’s site and I am going to add some Wisconsin places! :)

  2. Mindy
    August 15, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Would love a similar list of pumpkin patches! I looked up u-pick blueberries this year and was sad to hear about the crops as well.

    • toddlingaroundchicagoland
      August 15, 2012 | 1:57 pm

      Thanks for the comment Mindy – a pumpkin patch guide is already in the works! It is really sad to hear about the crops; they were not great last year either. I’m hoping next year is better!

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