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

Welcome to our website and to the new apple season 2015.
This year we are continuing to see more tree damage in some of our older trees from the past three rough winter and spring seasons. Trees that are struggling from weather damage have a very small crop this year. Other trees that escaped the damage have a good crop of beautiful apples.

As many of you know, we are a small orchard, and with an average-sized crop this year, we are in the process of deciding what days we will be open for picking this fall. Please check this website or Facebook 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 rapidly approaching and we thought it would be best to give you an update on how the orchard looks this year.  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 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.  We expect to post a new picking schedule on our website toward the end of August.

Mike & Velma Downes; Mike & Emily Lazar