Apple Picking Opens
Orchards in McHenry County are ripe for the U-picking.
?All Seasons Orchard, Woodstock: Pre-picked or U-pick from a dozen varieties of apples on 10,000 trees. Restaurant serves apple cider donuts, fresh cider, caramel apples and more, September and October.
? Cody’s Farm & Apple Orchard, Marengo: Gala, Blondee, plus pre-picked Honeycrisp and apple cider doughnuts, September through early October.
? Homestead Orchard, Woodstock: U-pick from 23 varieties of apples, pie cherries and pears; plus Amish jams, jellies and salsas, late July through late October.
? Lang’s Orchard, Woodstock: U-pick from 12 varieties of apples plus fruit spreads, salsa, caramel, honey and soup mixes, mid-September through October.
? Meadowmoor Orchard, Woodstock: No-frills, no-admission fun family orchard with tasty apples and a few early pumpkins and gourds, opens mid-September.
? More Than Delicious Orchard, Woodstock: Pre-picked or U-pick from 80 varieties of apples and pears; windfalls at half-price, September through October.
? Prairie Sky Orchard, Union: U-pick from 15 varieties of apples on more than 2,000 trees, specializing in Honey Crisp and Asian pears, September through October.
? Royal Oak Farm Orchard, Harvard (video above): Pre-picked or U-pick from 30 apple varieties on 17,000 trees spanning 50 acres; Amaze N Apples is America’s only apple maze; plus restaurant, bakery and gift shop, late August through late November.
? Woodstock Country Orchard, Woodstock: U-pick from 13 varieties of applies, September through October.
Grace Farm Studios, Woodstock: U-pick black, purple, yellow and red raspberries, plus Aronia berries (chokecherries), September and October.
Heider’s Berry Farm, Woodstock: Pre-pick and U-pick strawberries, June and September till frost; and red raspberries, July and September till frost.