Named "Best of 2010" apple orchard by Chicago Magazine!

Welcome to our website and to the new apple season 2015.
Normally this weekend we would be tagging Golden Delicious and Empire for picking. With 20 Golden Delicious Trees and 14 Empire trees, most years that would be enough for the weekend.
We just came down from walking the orchard and are amazed at how few apples are left for picking. The Golden Delicious this year simply did not produce--we have one tree with a crop on it. We have 2 Empire trees with a moderate crop. We will be tagging those trees, along with Winesap, a few Mutsu, and a couple other varieties. The BOTTOM LINE is that sometime this weekend, whether it is Saturday or Sunday, we will be picked out and closed for the season.

Don’t forget, in our sales room we have Doug’s award-winning honey, as well as Lisa’s award-winning jam and apple butter. Also for sale are donuts and cider. We have a good supply of windfall apples that are available at half price.

Please check Facebook, and refresh this website, for weekly updates during the harvest season.

Mike & Velma Downes
Mike & Emily Lazar
Mike & Velma Downes
9905 Thompson Rd., Woodstock, IL  60098

The 2015 apple season is here and we have just posted our picking schedule.  As we closed last year, we were hoping for this year to be an outstanding apple crop.  Unfortunately, production is very mixed among our many varieties.  We do have an excellent crop of Connell Red, HoneyCrisp, and Firesides, and a few other varieties.  Red and Golden Delicious trees are almost empty this year.  Our pear crop is considerably better than last year, but not a bumper crop.  Please look at our picking schedule on the Picking & Pricing page.
Again this year we will be featuring Doug’s McHenry County honey and Lisa’s delicious jams, plus cider and donuts.