UPDATE…..July 26, 2014:
We’re sorry but our strawberries, cherries, June berries, blueberries, currents and raspberries are picked out for the season. We have another picking of RHUBARB READY NOW. A LATE RED RASPBERRIES CROP WILL BE READY AROUND MID-AUGUST. WE WILL ALSO HAVE SOME CHAMPAIGN RASPBERRIES AT THAT TIME.
We are just starting to pick green beans, beets, zucchinis, onions and cucumbers. Large quantities of pickling cucumbers are available. Please call ahead with quantity (pounds) desired. Tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and sweet corn are just a few of the vegetables that will be picked by us when ready. Mirai sweet corn (yum) will be ready in about 10 days to 2 weeks (providing the raccoons don’t get it)! Our vegetables are usually picked by us – PLEASE ask us BEFORE you pick if you want to pick something. Check for availability the day you are planning on coming especially if coming from out of town. Call the Orchard (815-332-9696) or watch the website.
We’re getting our store ready for the apple season. As usual, we’ll have lots of goodies and gifts. Something unusal is that we will be carrying all natural, no preservatives dog treats from the Canine Crunchery in Rockford. They’re really quite good (I tried one and now bark if I want another.) A few are baked with dehydrated blueberries from our Orchard.
DURING THE BERRY SEASON WE WILL BE OPEN 9 A.M. till 5 P.M. MONDAY THRU SATURDAY. SUNDAY HOURS DURING BERRY SEASON WILL BE 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Some sights have our hours as 9 to 6 Monday thru Saturday and Sunday 10 to 6 p.m. – THOSE ARE OUR FALL APPLE SEASON HOURS AND NOT OUR SUMMER HOURS. AFTER BERRY SEASON WE MAY DECIDE TO CLOSE ONE DAY PER WEEK for all of us to just have some time off to have fun, relax and just “chill” – which we all deserve.
AND did you know the Orchard is about 2 miles east of I-90, Cherryvale Mall, Magic Waters Water Park, Volcano Falls, Elliot Golf Course and the quaint village of Cherry Valley itself has a nice park (Bauman Park) complete with lake and walking path around it plus several restaurants, and hotels nearby, etc. Sportscore, Midway Village and Anderson Gardens are easily within 8-10 miles of us.
We are a 35 acre family-owned orchard with approximately 5,000 apple trees.
You have a choice of either picking your own apples or purchasing apples that we pick daily. Also available to pick: raspberries, (both summer and fall), blueberries and blackberries.
We make our own 100% pure cider. We also have cider donuts, apple pies, cinnamon bread and our caramel apples are scrumptious. Our store offers many fall decorations, linens, candles, and other unique items for your home. You will find a variety of jams, jellies, salsas, squash, pumpkins, gourds, and much, much more.
We look forward to your visit… a destination where you and your family can make new memories the old fashioned way… one delicious apple at a time!