From Auvil Early Fuji to Zestar, juicy, crisp apples abound in McHenry County – many varieties will be ready to pick by mid-August. What's more, berries and other delicious, in-season fruits await you. Plan a visit to one of bountiful local orchards today!
All Seasons Orchard, Woodstock: Pre-picked or U-pick from a dozen varieties of apples on 11,000 trees. Indoor restaurant with seasonal favorites such as homemade apple donuts, cider, caramel apples and more! Open August 31through October. www.allseasonsorchard.com.
Grace Farm Studios, Woodstock: U-pick red and purple raspberries, and gooseberries now, plus Aronia berries (chokecherries) later in season. Open now through October, or until berry season ends. www.gracefarmstudios.com.
Homestead Orchard, Woodstock: U-pick from 23 apple varieties through late October, plus pears, blackberries, gooseberries and pie cherries in August and into September. Honey, jams, jellies and salsas available, too. 815-338-7443www.homesteadorchard.net.
Knoll's Apple Orchard and Vegetable Farm, Woodstock: U-pick from many varieties on this small, family-owned farm. Trees are dwarf stock, so this is a great place to bring the kids as fruit is easy for them to pick. Home-grown seasonal produce, too. 815-337-2334. Pick mid-August through October.
Lang's Orchard, Woodstock: U-pick from 13 varieties of apples mid-September through October. Fruit spreads and honey, too. 815-568-7547.
Meadowmoor Orchard, Woodstock: Pre-pick and U-pick from seven apple varieties, plus limited supplies of cherries, pears and peaches on a quiet, no-frills farm. Visit August through early November. 847-219-7597. www.meadowmoororchard.com.
More Than Delicious Orchard, Woodstock: Pre-picked or U-pick from 80 varieties of apples, plus Asian and European pears. Windfalls at half-price. Open September and October. 815-575-9650. www.morethandelicious.com.
Prairie Sky Orchard, Union: U-pick from 15 varieties of apples on more than 2,000 trees, specializing in America's new favorite - Honey Crisp -- plus Asian Pears. Open September and October. 815-923-4834.www.prairieskyorchard.com.
Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Harvard: Pre-picked or U-pick from 29 apple varieties on 12,000 trees, plus pears, blackberries and fall raspberries. Full-service restaurant on site, bakery and gift shop. Open August 23 through mid-November. www.royaloakfarmorchard.com.