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

Welcome to our website and to the new apple season 2014.
    Every year is different and challenging in numerous ways. This year a brutally cold winter was followed by a cold, wet, late spring and a cool summer. Hence a much smaller crop than last year is maturing slowly. We do have many beautiful apples on many varieties throughout the orchard, but many trees have taken the year off.
   We are limiting our hours of operation by being open only Saturdays this year. Because we are dealing with a much smaller crop this year, we encourage you to call ahead for availability, or check updates on this website or on Facebook.

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

The orchard is now CLOSED for the season.
We know many of you enjoy and appreciate coming to our orchard, and we want you to know that we also appreciate and enjoy your visits each year. It is wonderful to see so many families return each year so we can see how your children have grown! Thank you for coming out. 
It wasn't our best year for production, but we are already looking forward to a much better crop next year. This year we had zero production in pears -- next year has to be better! 
Thanks again, we'll see you next year!
Mike & Velma Downes; Mike & Emily Lazar