Editor’s Note: This is a personal review from 2010. Your experience may vary as changes are made yearly. Please see the Heinz Orchard Website for current rates and conditions. Pictures were updated and not original to the story.
Last year was our first Autumn in Lake County. I wanted to find fun and gratifying activities for my then 2.5-year-old daughter. I had heard friends talk about going apple picking so I looked up what farms were available to pick your own apples. There were a few, but one stuck out as the RIGHT one for us. Heinz Orchard is located in Libertyville and a no thrills sort of farm.
I wanted my daughter to have fun, but all appreciate fresh, locally grown produce. Yes, we all enjoy a nice hayride or corn maze, but I wasn’t really up for all that fun with a toddler and a baby by myself, so I decided to check out Heinz. It was an instant hit, and we were back the next week! My daughter especially loved that many of the trees had low branches, so she didn’t need help picking her own apples. I loved that you are encouraged to sample each type of apple before you pick them.
As it’s a smaller orchard remember to check out their Facebook page or call ahead of time. Apples are very dependent on the type of spring and winter we have had.
They accept cash (sorry no credit cards). When you arrive at the orchard you can purchase either 1/2 peck bags (approx. 6 lbs of apples) or one-peck bags (approx. 12 lbs of apples). There is NO ADMISSION FEE and NO PARKING FEE. At least one member of your party must purchase a bag.
Editor’s note; this story was written by former writer Kate Y.