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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Central Illinois in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Champaign County

  • Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch - apples, pumpkins, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    3902 S Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL 61822. Phone: 217-359-5565. Email: [email protected]. Open: July 20 - December 20. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . . THRU October - Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm / AFTER October - Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Store apples: late July to mid December / U-PICK Apples: late July to late October (depending on the year) Click our link for which apples are ready when. / Store peaches: late July thru October / U-Pick and already picked pumpkins: mid-September to mid-November. Spend a little time in the country! Visit Curtis Orchard for a fun, inexpensive & educational farm experience for the whole family. We have apples, pumpkins, kids' activities, a bakery, and a country store. Rain or shine, we're open The Flying Monkey Cafe is open for lunch every day from August 17 - November 27. This 80-acre entertainment farm features the Flying Monkey Cafe, which serves cookout-style lunch. We also bake pies & donuts every day we're open. No admission fee. Sorry - no pets.

De Witt County

  • Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm - apples, pumpkins, summer squash,
    7 Miles East Of Clinton, Clinton, IL 61727. Phone: 217-736-2470. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: From Clinton take Route # 10 East approximately 7 miles. You will turn right on 17000 (there is a pumpkin sign) go 1 mile then turn right again on airport road (another pumpkin sign) first house on your left (big sign in front yard). . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. 92">Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm . Crops are usually available in September, October. We have a variety of pumpkins, gourds, squash, broom corn and Indian corn; Straw maze, corn maze; Open September12th to October31; Hours 10 to 6pm daily; Pumpkin Fun Day - Sunday, October 4th from 1 pm to 5pm; Free pony rides, hayrack rides, face painting and many games; Groups Welcome!!

Iroquois County

  • Mulberry Lane Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, currants (red and black), grapes, onions, other berries, peppers, raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, strawberries, Fresh eggs, porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    414 N Mulberry Street, Loda, IL 60948. Phone: 217-386-2690. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to 7 pm; Closed Sunday; Open from April 1 to October 1;Strawberry U Pick starts in early May, BY RESERVATION ONLY. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Mulberry Lane Farm Facebook page. . . Please call ahead and reserve a spot! The demand is high this year, so don't miss out; Farm shop is open Saturdays year round from 8 am to 8 pm. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Facebook page. 2018 Prices starting out were $3.99 per lb. Minimum 5 lbs per person (12 years old and older). Already picked strawberries are also available by reservation only. 2018 prepicked prices are $5.99 per lb for the first week or two. Prices will drop further into the season. You are at the right place for organic food (all our USDA Certified Organic products are non-GMO and glyphosate free; no Roundup!) and canning supplies. Buy in bulk and save BIG money! We are certified organic by the Global Organic Alliance (GOA).

Jersey County

  • Eckert's Grafton Farm - apples, pumpkins, peaches.
    20995 Eckert Orchard Road, Grafton, IL 62037. Phone: (618) 786-3445. Open: 9 am to 5 pm, daily. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . click here for farm directions. Grafton has an expanded entertainment area for both "little" and "big" kids! Watch the goats climb to amazing heights, search for eggs in the real hen house, play a round of miniature golf, bottle feed a calf, swing on an old-fashion tire swing, jump in one of our three inflatable jumping attractions or just relax and enjoy a funnel cake. There is no admission to the entertainment site. Tickets for rides may be purchased.
  • Joe Ringhausen Orchard & Apple House (II) - - apples, apricots, blackberries, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers & gherkins, eggplants, onions, peppers, potatoes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, turnips,
    Rte 67 South, Jerseyville, IL 62052. Phone: 618-498-6951. Open: July5 - Christmas, 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Joe Ringhausen Orchard & Apple House (II) - Alternate Phone: 618-376-6772. Illinois Products gift baskets available. Also cider, honey sorghum, jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, popcorn & pecans.

Macoupin County

  • Broom Orchard - apples, pumpkins, restrooms, picnic area, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    112803 Broom Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. Phone: 217-854-3514. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours or call. Directions: Broom Orchard is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of Carlinville. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Broom Orchard Facebook page. m Road, Carlinville, IL 62626. . Red Haven peaches start the 3rd week in July (usually) . REMINDER: WE DO NOT HAVE STRAWBERRIES ANYMORE; ONLY PYO apples and pumpkins. Visit our website for current approximate ripening dates of our locally grown seasonal fruit or "like" us on Facebook; has an annual Apple Festival in September and a Pumpkin Festival in October with various entertainment and activities. Facebook page. Our Farm Market is open July thru December. This is where we sell our fresh peaches, apples, blackberries, nectarines, plums, pears and pumpkins when in season. The market is also stocked with Amish-made apple butter, Illinois honey, popcorn, preserves, butters and all fruit spreads. Don't forget our award winning sweet cider, too! Peaches are freestone. Early Gold Apples and Bi-Color Sweet Corn are also available. White Lady Peaches, Nectarines, and Blackberries

Montgomery County

  • Kern Family Orchard - apples, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs
    7375 Mackay Avenue, Raymond, IL 62560. Phone: (217) 820-1266. Open: Call the farm for hours and crop availability. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. . Be sure to confirm crop availability and dates with the farm before you go there; we no longer receive updates from the farm. (ADDED: August 27, 2015)

Moultrie County

  • Okay Valley Orchard - Peaches, apples, plums, pears, cider, jellies, apple cider donuts, baked goods, restrooms, gift shop, concession stand (drinks, snacks and\\/or food), Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, farm market, picnic area, school tours
    724 county road 1750 north, Sullivan, IL 61951. Phone: (217) 728-8269. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, during summer and fall. Directions: See their website for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard .
    Okay Valley Orchard Facebook page. . . Playground Click here for our Facebook page. prepicked apples, peaches, plums, pasteurized fresh cider, apple doughnuts, jams & jellies, fresh pies, dumplings, peach bread, gift & kitchen items. We also have a large playground and picnic area with restrooms for families to enjoy. Ask about our educational group tours. Our 1500 apple trees grow 27 different varieties of apples, peaches, plums, and pears. Come and eat in our covered picnic area, play in our playground, browse through our Country Store full of in-season Illinois fruit, fresh apple cider, honey, jellies, gifts, apple cider donuts, and other fresh baked goodies. We also have a u-pick area, dependent on what is seasonally available.

Peoria County

  • Christ Orchard - apples, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals
    4317 N Texas Road, Elmwood, IL 61529. Phone: (309) 446-3324. Email: [email protected]. Open: Pick Your Own Apples in Mid September to Mid October and Pick Your Own pumpkins in October. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Christ Orchard Facebook page. . . We use integrated pest management practices (IPM). Since 1977, the orchard has had apples, apple picking, pure honey, apple cider, pumpkins, squirrel corn, squash, gourds, Indian corn, mums, straw bales, corn stalks, fruit butters and preserves, soy candles and much more.(UPDATED: June 21, 2018)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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