A slight chill in the air and the turning of leaves into riotous colors means it’s time to take the family out for some apple picking in Illinois! Several farms in the area are dotted with red and golden apples weighing heavily on trees lined in neat little orchard rows. One such orchard is just 5 miles from my house and a recent family gathering ended in a trip to Kuiper’s Family Farm.
You can see by all the cars that this place is hopping! Every October people swarm to this country farm to enjoy apple picking in Illinois. Kuiper’s has a bakery with a variety of fresh baked donuts. Pumpkins and a corn maze are added attractions.
A farm tractor takes apple pickers to the orchard in a caravan of wooden wagons. My daughter Stephanie is on the left while daughter Bridget is on the right. My granddaughter Zoe is wedged between the two of them.
Daughter Bridget and her hubby Zac get caught between the Gala apple trees.
My grandson Aiden decided to steal the show in this photo opp. His mother informed me that they did indeed, eat all 3 bags of apples they took home. I think apple picking in Illinois is a great experience for the kids.
Each week different apples are available for picking. The Jonathons weren’t quite ready yet so we came home with mostly Gala and Golden Delicious apples. My favorite apples are Honeycrisp, followed closely by Gala and Pink Ladies.
So tell me … what’s your favorite apple?