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Does anyone have a favorite apple orchard to recommend within 4 hours of Chicago? I hear the local farmers didn't have a very good crop.

We don't need to pick our own, but would love a place with top quality fruit and cider. (Great doughnuts would be a plus too!)

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  1. There's a place called Apple Holler in Kenosha, right off I-94. I have been wanting to go there, it looks like a fun place .Make a day of it and hit the Brat Stop, Mars cheese, Woodmans. Also here is a web address for apple orchards. www.applejournal.com/wi02.htm

    Link: http://www.appleholler.com

    1. Here is a link to the State of Michigan dept of Agriculture's AgTourism page. It lists over 250 u-pick-em orchards, cider mills and farmer's markets. You can search by name, city, county, region.

      Link: http://www.mda.state.mi.us/market/u-p...

      1. The Elegant Farmer is fantastic!!! I think it's in East Troy, WI. Check out their website for their ripening schedule. You can pick your own or buy them from the store across the street from the orchards.

        Have a caramel apple too while you're there, they're the best!!

        http://www.elegantfarmer.com

        1. The Elegant Farmer is fantastic! They have pick your own and apples you can buy from the store. Check out there website:


          http://www.elegantfarmer.com/

          Have a caramel apple while you're there too, they're the best!

          1. Every year, my family and I make a pilgrimage out to the Rockford area to go to Edwards Orchard West. They have a commercial orchard and a u-pick orchard.

            They also have a playground, a couple of old tractors the kids can play on, a petting zoo, pony rides (weekends only, weather permitting), a really cool country store and the BEST cider dogunts I have ever had along with carmel apples, pies and other baked goods. They also grow pumpkins and mums and have a (very) small rasberry picking area.

            They do not take credit cards but will take personal checks.

            They are located a few miles West of Rockford:
            Edwards Apple Orchard West
            8218 Cemetery Rd
            Winnebago, IL 61088
            815-963-2261

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            1. re: HappyFatGuy

              It's true that Edward's is cool and a great "family" place. However, it does not have apple pies. The Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove (IL) has the apple pies.

              1. re: C Kahl
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                Resident of a NW Chicago Suburb

                The Orchard in Poplar Grove Does Has Apple Pies and they are good, but not good enough to overshadow thier Warden style tactics. I mean don't even try and take a pleasure walk near the apple trees unless you have $20 in your hand, and then your are still hounded.

                No Thanks, I'll go to Winnebago where the cidar doughnuts are identical, take a walk thru freely thru the orchards, observe the twice as many varieties, take my kid to their larger petting zoo, and gladly spend my money and more of it for a nice family experience, and skip the pie.

              2. re: HappyFatGuy

                It's true that Edward's is cool and a great "family" place. However, it does not have apple pies. The Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove (IL) has the apple pies.