4 No Frills Farms for Chicagoans

I don’t know what it is, but there is just something about Fall that makes people crave rustic backdrops, apple cider, and casseroles like mom used to make. It is as if everyone is totally and utterly spent from a social summer and wants to have a quiet and cozy autumn, blissfully unplugged. Based on all of the feedback I have gotten from you wonderful readers out there, I set out to find some ways to enjoy a simple Fall season. So here is my list of four no frills farms for Chicagoans that will help you get back to basics…even if you have a PSL in hand (I’m not judging…but I will complain if you don’t share!).

Harvest Time Orchards (Twin Lakes, WI)


What to expect: Donut shop, Cider Mill, Brat Shop, Country Smoke House, and a plethora of cherries, apples, and pumpkins. Unfortunately U-pick apples are not available for 2019 because of horrible weather conditions, but the pumpkin patch will be ready for picking in late September!


Prairie Sky Orchard (Union, IL)


What to expect: Apples, pears, and homemade treats from the Koffee Kiosk. Due to weather conditions U-pick apples will be severely limited for Fall 2019.

Peck & Bushel Organic Fruit Company (Colgate, WI)


What to expect: A wide variety of ORGANIC apples, including decadent apple inspired treats in a setting that would make even Joanna Gaines swoon.

Wagner Farm (Glenview, IL)

What to expect: Just a short drive away, this local farm is great for getting up close and personal with farm animals like pigs, horses, cows, and chickens. There is a cute indoor area where kids can take on the role as a farmer, and there are seasonal events like a gorgeous pumpkin patch to enjoy!

Looking for other Fall fun? I’ve got you covered, from unique pumpkin experiences to how to throw a chili cookoff!


Happy Fall!


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  1. Alli Smith says

    We have an apple orchard near us that has the best apple cider donuts! We’ve been trying to find an open Saturday to take a trip to the orchard. They have so many fun things to do, but eating the donuts is my favorite!

  2. Jeanette says

    I love going to farms. He gives you such a good idea of where your food comes from and it’s a lot fresher because it is literally picked off the tree and you get to eat it immediately.

    • Amanda says

      Agreed. And my kids learn so much just by exploring the grounds and realizing how their beloved apples find their way to us.

    • Amanda says

      Agreed! An elderly man just asked me if the white pumpkins were for Millennials. I literally could not stop laughing because he was so right!

  3. candy says

    Tons of farms around where we live and it is nice that city folks can get out and see where their food actually comes from and the work goes into growing the food.

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    We love visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards in the fall. All of these no frills farms sound like a lot of fun.

  5. Liz Mays says

    There’s nothing like a day out on a nice farm with cider, apples and donuts. Woodstock Country Orchard sounds like it would be a good choice for me!

  6. Anita says

    What a great place to take kids and to go as a family. I love picking apples. Wish we had something similar here.

  7. Emily says

    This seems like a great list! I live outside of Milwaukee and living in this area gives us a ton of fall activities to enjoy. It is all so close and a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Apple picking is a favorite for my family.

  8. Debra J Hawkins says

    I love finding farms to pick our own produce and just enjoy the farm environment! These all sound amazing!

    • Amanda says

      As much as my kids love all the bells and whistles at some farms, it is so nice to be able to relax and enjoy a no frills farm.

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