Plaid shirts, apple cider, delicious cinnamon sugar doughnuts, and back-to-school time all signal the start of the apple picking season. While most of us in McHenry County do not have apple trees in our backyards, we are fortunate enough to have many local orchards in the area that will allow us to spend an afternoon picking apples fresh off of the trees. Whether you are looking for an orchard with enough entertainment to spend the day at, or just a small family-run orchard to spend an hour picking apples, our list will have the perfect place for you. So put on a chunky sweater and take out those recipes for apple cobbler and go picking.
As always, we recommend that you call ahead to check picking conditions BEFORE you gather up the kids and head out. The harsh winter and extremely wet spring have left some favorite farms either not open or extremely limited hours.
Farms are listed alphabetically by city.
Apple Picking in McHenry CountyFind an apple orchard near you
Royal Oak Farm
15908 Hebron Road, Harvard | (815) 648-4141
Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Friday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
There are many varieties of U-pick apples, a play area with the cutest wooden buildings to climb on, a free petting zoo, orchard tours, and a few small rides. Everyone entering the orchard age five and older must purchase a bag for apples and children under five years old are free. Read Little Lake County’s review of Royal Oak Farm Orchard.
Cody’s Farm Orchard
19502 River Rd., Marengo | (815) 568-7976
Offering u-pick of over a dozen varieties.
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stade’s Farm & Market
3709 Miller Road, McHenry | (815) 675-6396
Opening August 31, Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
There IS NOT an admission fee to pick apples, for clarity, each person must make a minimum $6 purchase to enter the orchard. Cash or credit cards are accepted here.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard
42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove| (847) 464-5952
The opening date is August 23, open Daily 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fall festival begins weekends August 30.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard has apple picking available starting August 23. Animals arrive at the farm in mid-September. We love this orchard for picking pumpkins and would love to check this out for apples as well. See website for conditions and current pricing.
Prairie Sky Orchard
4914 N. Union Road, Union | (815) 923-4834
Opening day is August 31, quantities are limited. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
This is a small, family-run business celebrating over 15 years of apple picking fun and a quaint little country store. While no admission or parking fee is charged, there is a minimum purchase amount. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted.
All Seasons Orchard
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock | (815) 338-5637
Opening for the season on August 31st. Open daily after that rain, or shine until November 2nd.
All Seasons Orchard offers seasonal fall fun for the whole family with one of the largest orchards in northern Illinois. They offer a wagon ride to the fields as well as attractions such as a petting zoo, jumping pillow and zip line. There is a restaurant and concession stand on site. Read Little Lake County’s review to find out more. Check Facebook for hours and crop updates.
11802 Charles Road, Woodstock | (815) 338-7443
Opening August 25, hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Homestead Orchard features 23 kinds of U-Pick apples in their family-owned orchard. After you are done picking, check out their homemade honey made in the beehives on the property. Homestead only accepts cash or checks
17411 Secor Road, Woodstock | (815) 568-7547
Will not be opening in 2019 but hopes to re-open in 2020.
1517 N. Route 47, Woodstock | (815) 687-8208
Open Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Opening Day TBA
Founded in 2004, Meadowmoor has grown into a larger orchard boasting seven different varieties of apples. This orchard even grows cherries, peaches, pears, and pumpkins. They accept only cash or checks for the apples.
Woodstock County Orchard
17015 Garden Valley Rd., Woodstock | (815) 923-4359
Hours: Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., closed Monday – Thursdays.
Opening day still to be determined
This orchard features twelve varieties of apples including Honeycrisp, along with red raspberries, and freshly made honey. Be sure to go on the weekend and try one of their homemade apple cider donuts.
Where is your favorite place to pick apples? Visit Little Lake County for Lake County and Southern Wisconsin apple orchards.