The Little Lake County U-pick Apple listing includes some paid listings.
Plaid shirts, apple cider, delicious cinnamon sugar doughnuts, and back-to-school time all signal the start of apple picking season. While most of us in Lake and 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.
Apple Picking in McHenry County
Anticipated to open for the season on September 1st.
Open daily after that rain, or shine until November 3rd.
Fall family traditions start at All Seasons Orchard! Apple picking, pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, jumping pillow and a mini zip line are just some of the 30+ activities we offer at our orchard. Don’t miss Honeycrisp picking or the weekend magic shows and pig races! Grab lunch in the Country Kitchen or Country Concession. We also press apple cider on-site, make caramel from scratch, and make doughnuts daily. Fall fun and seasonal treats are what we do best! Open daily September & October.
We had a great family gathering this last weekend and had such a great time! Best apple picking I’ve been to so far! This is a great time for the littles with all the fun things to do here. Will definitely be back! – Marcia A
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard
42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire | (847) 464-5952
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard has apple picking available starting August 31 and a Fall Festival. Animals arrive at the farm in mid-September. Feed a giraffe, see the pumpkin eating dinosaur, and ride the Pumpkin Express train! Don’t leave without a homemade caramel apple and pumpkin picked from the field! We love this orchard for picking pumpkins, and would love to check this out for apples as well. 2018 pricing is: 1/4 peck bag $5 and 1/2 peck bag $10.
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.
Prairie Sky Orchard
4914 N. Union Road, Union | (815) 923-4834
Opening day is still to be determined, check the website at the end of August.
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 at Prairie Sky Orchard.
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
Anticipated opening day is August 17, but check Facebook ahead of time to be sure.
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 needs to purchase a bag for apples and children under five years old are free. Read Little Lake County’s review of Royal Oak Farm Orchard.
Stades Farm & Market
3709 Miller Road, McHenry | (815) 675-6396
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Opening Labor Day Weekend
Apple prices are $6 for a 1/4 Peck Bag, $22 for a Peck Bag, & $22 for a Peck Bag. Although, 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.
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.
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