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!
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