Apple Picking {Green Oaks}

Heinz Orchard
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 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.

Heinz Orchard
***Editor’s Update for 2015***

From Heinz Orchard website:

We have a very light crop because it rained, was very cold and windy every day during bloom, which ruined pollination.  We definitely have apples on the trees. But unfortunately, we won’t be able to open for schools/large groups this year and our days are limited.  *There is a chance we may add additional days/expand hours depending on picking conditions, so please check the website often.

They are open only on select days this season!

Friday, Sept. 11–10am-4pm–McIntosh
Saturday, Sept. 12–10am-1pm (possibly later)
Friday, Sept. 25, 10am-4pm–Empire/Jonathan

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) for $8, or one peck bags (approx. 12 lbs of apples) for $15. There is NO ADMISSION FEE and NO PARKING FEE.  At least one member of your party must purchase a bag. 


Connect with Heinz Orchard
1050 Crest Road (corner of Atkinson & Crest) Green Oaks
847.770.3449 | | Facebook


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