One of our family fall traditions is to go apple picking. Around the Chicagoland area there are several orchards, the only problem is that some of them aren't sure if they want to be orchards or amusement parks. Now I have nothing wrong with amusement parks, I quite enjoy them actually, but when I think about picking apples I'm not really wanting rides or concerts. I personally believe apple picking should be simple: a pretty setting, a wagon, and my family. What about you? Do like to keep apple picking simple or do you prefer to make an event out of it?
So we are very glad we stumbled upon Prairie Sky Orchard by accident. This year we had picked out an orchard in Woodstock to visit but when I was checking details the night before, I found out they were out of u-pick apples for the week. A few google searches led us to Prairie Sky, and since it was actually twenty minutes closer to our home we figured we'd give it try.
We are so glad that we did. We're pretty certain this will be our new go-to orchard. The day that we went they only had Gala's for u-pick, but were selling Honey Crisps and Cortlands in their store. It's a newer/small orchard but there were plenty of apples. The people who own it were really friendly and welcoming. It actually reminded me of picking apples as a kid in Iowa. It's their home, their house is on the property and their store is in a small barn/large shed. They don't offer amusements but they do their best to make sure the apple picking is enjoyable. The property is beautiful and well cared for. They also provide wagons, at no cost, and a washing station to shine up your apples.