Yesterday we decided to go pick apples. After looking around on Yelp!, reading reviews and scanning the map, we decided on Woodstock Country Orchard. There is no admission, no rides, no petting zoos, no gimmicks… Just what we were looking for! They have a tent at the entrance where you can buy some pre-picked apples, local honey, garlic and maple syrup from Wisconsin. There you can pick up bags to gather your apples and pint containers in little tubs for raspberries.
There’s no guessing how many pounds you’ve picked, which was not the case at some places we looked at. I like to be able to have a rough idea of how much I’m getting while picking fruit. It was nice to relax, pick fruit with the family and take photos on a beautiful day among the rows and rows of apple trees and raspberry bushes!
Once we had enough berries we moved on to apples. And did I mention they have wagons? Squishy loved helping to pull ours and rode in it for a bit too.
They were picking Cortland and Senshu apples this past weekend. (You can call ahead to ask what is ready for picking the day you plan to go.) Cortland are great for baking while the senshu is a nice snacking apple. They have signs at the ends of the rows that let you know what is ready to pick and what is growing in that row.
After sampling each type we decided senshu was our favorite. Tart, sweet and crisp! Just what my little family loves the best. They are the perfect size for snacking. Seriously, these little apples couldn’t get much cuter.
The prices are very reasonable. We got a peck of senshu apples, 2 pints of raspberries, a jar of honey and 3 heads of garlic for $30.00! Tax is included, just be sure to bring cash, they do not accept cards. Below is just a sampling of what we brought home. One pint of raspberries is already washed and in the freezer. A whole peck of apples would never fit in that bowl…but I’ve been waiting all year to get it back out.
Woodstock Country Orchard is an easy, just under an hour drive for us from St Charles. Google Maps says it’s about 1.5 hours from our old neighborhood (Lincoln Square) in the city and only about 40 minutes from Lake Geneva, WI. If you’re looking for a spot for lunch or dinner, Woodstock IL is only 7 miles up the road. If you didn’t know, Woodstock is where Ground Hog Day was filmed.
In case you’re wondering, I am not being compensated in any way by Woodstock Country Orchard for writing this post. We just really enjoyed their beautiful orchard, the friendly staff and the fact that it was all about the fruit, not rides and petting zoos. Do not be fooled by the look on Squishy’s face, he had a blast, but it’s hard to smile while your cheeks are packed with apple.