Nothing says fall in the Stateline like visiting an apple orchard! One of our favorite parts of living in the Midwest is being surrounded by farms and orchards. This year, things will look a little different at some of our favorite apple orchards, but we can still enjoy our fall traditions and pick up delicious treats.

We’ve put together this list of local orchards and what you can expect when you visit this year.

Edwards Apple Orchard

7061 Centerville Rd, Poplar Grove, IL

Edwards Apple Orchard Poplar Grove IL
Image credit: Edwards Apple Orchard

Edwards Apple Orchard is the most well-known orchard in the Rockford area. It’s the start of many family’s fall traditions! We’ve taken a picture in front of the Edwards sign since our daughter was a few months old!

This year, Edwards is focusing on customer safety. They are opening with a drive-thru only system, but may adjust what’s open as the season goes on. The playground, restaurant, and picnic area will remain closed for the 2020 season, but the Apple Barn may be open as the season progresses with limited capacity.

If you’d like to use the drive-thru, here’s what you need to do. When you get to Edwards, look for the Enter sign in the parking lot. A staff member will greet with you a list of 20 items available for sale that day. Mark the items you wish to purchase and follow the cars to the checkout tent where your items will be bagged and you can pay. You will remain in your vehicle throughout this process. There’s an area where you can pull off and take your yearly picture and you can tune your radio to 1620 AM to listen to music that would normally be live on the weekends.

Once you get your items, you can park in the North parking lot to enjoy your items in your car. There will be Portapotties and hand sanitizer stations in the drive-thru line and parking lot.

Each day Edwards will offer some of their staples like donuts, cider, and apples as well as some specialty products like salsa, meats, and more. 

They are straying off their season with Premier Honeycrisp, Zestar, and Early Beauty apples, 1 dozen donuts, and ½ gallons of cider. Check their produce list here.

Families will be able to pick their own apples starting in September. Times will be released soon.

Open August 28 through October 31, 2020

Hours:

August 28 – October 31: 9 am – 6 pm daily

November 1 – November 29: 9 am – 5 pm daily

Apple picking begins in mid-September and will be available Monday through Thursday.

Pumpkin picking begins on September 28th. The pumpkin patch will be open Monday through Thursday.

What To Do There:

Kids Attractions:

  • All closed for the 2020 season

Must Do List:

  • Check out the many flavors of homemade fudge. We recommend Cookies and Cream!
  • Get a fresh, hot donut
  • Take a family photo at the Edwards sign. This year you can stop at the designated area to get out of your car and take a picture.

Food Options:

Available food depends on the day you go. Check the daily schedule here.

  • 19+ varieties of apples
  • Apple pie
  • Apple donuts
  • Apple cider (hot and cold)
  • Caramel apples
  • Caramel
  • Fudge in 10+ flavors
  • Jams, jellies, honey, salsas and other canned goods

Cost: $$

Special note: Edwards takes credit and debit this year for the first time!


Edwards Apple Orchard West

8218 Cemetery Rd, Winnebago, IL

Edwards Apple Orchard West is located in Winnebago and is often a less crowded option when it comes to Stateline orchards. This year, they are putting safety precautions in place while keeping many of their attractions open. The Apple Barn will be open with limited capacity and customers must wear face masks when shopping. Face masks are also encouraged when social distance can’t be maintained outside. There will be hand sanitizer or hand washing stations available at the Apple Barn, play area, and around the grounds. 

If you’d rather grab your items and go, Edwards West will also offer an Edwards West Express tent. This is a tent where you can buy apple cider, donuts, apples and different food items each week. Check their website for what’s available in the Express Tent before you go.

Image credit: Edwards West Facebook page

Open August 28 through November 29, 2020

Hours:

9 am – 6 pm daily

Image credit: Edwards Apple Orchard West Facebook page

What To Do There:

Kids Attractions:

  • Kids play area with schoolhouse, wooden train and wooden bus play structures
  • Wagon slide
  • Corn cribs
  • Petting zoo with goats, turkeys, and more
  • Weekend pony rides
  • Weekend tractor rides into the orchard

Must Do List:

  • Get a fresh, hot apple cider donut
  • Check out the goat walk

Food Offered:

  • Apple cider donuts
  • 18 varieties of apples
  • Apple cider (hot and cold)
  • Apple cider slushies
  • Caramel apples
  • Jams, jellies, honey, and salsas

Cost: $$


Valley Orchard

811 E. State St. Cherry Valley, IL 61016

Valley Orchard Cherry Valley IL
Image credit: Valley Orchard Facebook page

Valley Orchard is a 35 acre orchard with 5,000 apple trees located in Cherry Valley. If you want to beat the lines at other places, this is the place to go! Valley Orchard not only has the traditional sugar and cinnamon apple donuts, but they also offer a glazed apple donut that is delicious! Throughout the late summer and early fall you can pick a variety of berries, apples, and pumpkins at the orchard. People love the U-Pick options and donut varieties.

This year, social distancing will be in place and masks will be required especially in the store. They will be offering the opportunity to pick your own apples for the time being.

Open August 28 – TBA

Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

Valley Orchard Cherry Valley IL
Image credit: Valley Orchard Facebook page

What To Do There:

  • U-Pick apples, blackberries, raspberries. Valley Orchard offers U-Pick options throughout the summer and fall. See the apple season schedule here.
  • Shop the decor and food items in the store

Kids Attractions:

  • Hay bale climb
  • Wagon tours
  • Playhouse
  • Tractors

Must Do List:

  • Try a glazed apple donut
  • Pick some berries or apples

Food Offered:

  • Traditional sugar and cinnamon apple cider donuts
  • Glazed apple cider donut
  • Fresh vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet corn
  • Apple cider
  • Apple pies
  • Fudge
  • Cinnamon bread
  • Caramel apples
  • Jams, jellies, salsas, honey, pumpkins

Cost: $$


Curran’s Orchard

6385 Kilburn Avenue, Rockford, IL

Currans Rockford IL
Image credit: Curran’s Orchard Facebook page

Curran’s Orchard is a popular orchard that’s been in business since 1981, located on the west side of Rockford. They are on the smaller side, but good things come in small packages! There are two things that make Curran’s special, they use ⅓ of the typical amount of chemicals on their apples and they have award-winning cider. Some say Curran’s cider is the best in the area! Give it a try and see what you think. This year they are offering lemon donuts!

This year, Curran’s is also offering a Grab and Go station on the weekends where you can get donuts, slushies, popcorn, and cold drinks.

Image credit: Curran’s Facebook page

Open August 22 through TBA

Hours:

9 am – 6 pm

Image credit: Curran’s Orchard Facebook page

What To Do There:

  • U-Pick cherries, raspberries, apples, and pumpkins (depending on when you visit). See the apple season schedule here.
  • Shop for crafts items and food
  • Check out the beehive display

Kids Attractions:

  • Hay wagon rides
  • Farm animal corral where you can feed goats, pigs, chickens, and turkeys
  • Hay stack
  • Straw bale mini maze
  • Climbing bales
  • Apple launcher

Must Do List:

  • Try an apple cider slushie
  • Take a picture on the vintage tractor
  • Let the kids jump in the haystack
  • Say hi to Larry the dog, the official Curran’s Orchard greeter

Food Offered:

  • Apple donuts
  • Cider
  • Apple cider slushies
  • Apple pie
  • Caramel apples
  • Honey, maple syrup, jams, salad dressings

Cost: $$


The Apple Hut

1718 W. Walters Rd, Beloit, WI

Apple Hut Beloit WI
Image credit: Apple Hut Facebook page

The Apple Hut is a family run orchard in Beloit, Wisconsin. It opened in 1979 and currently has an orchard with 1,600 trees on 13 acres of land. This orchard is small, but it has a welcoming feel and excellent baked goods. People rave about the donuts!

This year, The Apple Hut will have a temporary entrance to avoid congestion at the front door. Customers should enter from the deck. 

Open August 28 through late October, 2020

Hours:

Tuesdays – Sundays from 8 am – 5 pm

Apple Hut Beloit WI
Image credit: Apple Hut Facebook page

What To Do There:

  • U-Pick apples starting in September
  • Shop in the barn for gifts

Kids Attractions:

  • U-Pick apple section is a small size so it’s perfect for kids

Must Do List:

  • Try a homemade apple turnover
  • Get a fresh, hot cider donut

Food Offered:

  • 17 apple varieties
  • Apple cider donuts
  • Apple turnovers
  • Apple pies
  • Caramel apples
  • Jams, jellies, and honey

Cost: $

Special note: The Apple Hut only takes cash.

Which Stateline area orchard is your favorite?

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