Apple Picking Provides Fun for the Whole Family near Gerstad Communities

October 01, 2015

pick-your-own apple orchards in Illinois near Gerstad Builders communitiesWatermelon season is out and apple season is back in! With fall finally here, the apples that we love and enjoy are back and crisper than ever. There is no better time than now to pick your own apples at a pick-your-own orchard. And the best part about all of this is you don’t even have to drive far. Illinois has some of the best orchards around so you can enjoy one of the season’s favorite activities without the hassle of the drive.

We wanted to give our home buyers complete access to the top pick-your-own orchards in Illinois, so we have compiled a list of the top four orchards that are all on average 30 minutes to 45 minutes away from our new home communities.

All Seasons Apple Orchard made the list of the top pick-your-own orchards in Illinois. Located in Woodstock, Illinois, families come out here to enjoy the tradition of picking fresh, crisp apples every year. But the fun does not stop there! At All Seasons Apple Orchard, you can also enjoy hay rides and a shooting gallery where you can launch apples and pumpkins for an additional fee. Honeycrisps are the most popular apples at this orchard because only a few orchards grow them. So, don’t delay! Go get those Honeycrisp apples! For more information and the latest happenings at the orchard, visit www.allseasonsorchard.com.

All Seasons Apple Orchard is not the only one harvesting Honeycrisp apples. Harvest Time Orchards in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin is also an orchard growing this popular apple. In addition to picking your own fresh, crisp apples, Harvest Time Orchards offers a Cider Barn where you can enjoy some fresh cider or even a cider milkshake, homemade donuts, Wisconsin brats and some of the best Wisconsin meats and cheeses you can eat. They also provide an amazing view of the Orchard on top of the Apple Barn. The apple schedule and more information can be found at www.myharvesttime.com. If you plan to pick your own apples, it might be a good idea to call ahead at 262-877-4831, and also be sure to get there early if you want to snag some of the famous Honeycrisp apples.

Edwards Apple Orchard is another pick-your-own orchard that is open seven days a week. They are located in Winnebago, Illinois and offer 18 different types of apples for you to pick. You can also enjoy their famous apple cider donuts, homemade caramel apples and freshly made apple cider to enjoy on you beautiful apple picking day. They also have a gift shop that sits in the 100-year-old dairy barn! For picking conditions and more information, visit www.edwardsorchardwest.com or call the office at 815-963-2261 Monday through Friday.

The last, but certainly not the least, on our list is the Royal Oak Farm Orchard located in Harvard, Illinois. Right up the road from Williams Bay, this U-Pick apple orchard offers the country’s only apple tree maze! This amazing tree maze offers more than a mile and a half of winding trails spread across five acres of land that you can enjoy while picking your delicious apples. Guests are allowed to pick two apples from the 2,500 trees during peak season while they wonder through the maze, so choose wisely! For group reservations and pricing, visit www.royaloakfarmorchard.com or call 815-648-4141.

We want our home buyers to have access to the best amenities during each season. For new home opportunities near the best U-Pick apple orchards, visit www.gerstadbuilders.com. We have communities in Williams Bay, WI, McHenry, IL, Poplar Grove, IL and Richmond, IL.

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Roger Gerstad is the president of Gerstad Builders, a family-owned and operated company committed to construction of homes of the highest quality known to the industry. Roger is a graduate of Bradley University and was educated in the field of construction through the wisdom and leadership of his father. Gerstad has developed the communities of Mill Creek, Waters Edge, Winding Creek, Deerwood, Chesapeake Hills, Abbey Ridge, The Trails of Winding Creek, Pebble Creek, Timber Trails, The Trails of Boone Creek, The Trails of River Oaks, The Towns of Boone Creek, Liberty Trails, and Abbey Ridge Townhomes in McHenry, Illinois as well as Pheasant Ridge in Richmond, Illinois, Bailey Estates in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and Dawson Creek in Poplar Grove, Illinois.

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