Mills Apple Farm

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MID-SUMMER 2022

Check the Orchard Update link (to the right) for status on apple varieties, picking opportunities, the pumpkin crop, and other farm products.

We follow state guidelines for Covid-19. They are subject to change at any time, and will affect us immediately.

OPENING DAY:  Depends on when Mother Nature decides to ripen enough fruit. Check back!

PEACHES:  The winter and spring weather negatively affected most of our peaches. As a result, we will not be able to offer peach picking this year. We may have a few for sale at the Goshen Market.

APPLES:  This is shaping up to be a great year for apple picking! The fruit looks good, and there is a lot of it. Varieties we haven't been able to offer recently, like Gala, are ripening well. Cross your fingers! The tractor and wagons should start running Labor Day weekend, but we may have ripe apples before then. Check the Orchard Update link to see.

GOSHEN MARKET:  We are a regular participant at the Land of Goshen Community Market in downtown Edwardsville, next to the Courthouse. Look for our stall on the corner of 2nd Street and St. Louis Street on Saturday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon. We take our baked-from-scratch goodies including pies, crisps, turnovers, big cookies, and sugar cookies. And we try to have apple crisp donuts as well! If you'd like something special to be held for you to pick up at the Market, call 618-887-4732 and let us know.

BAKED GOODS: Currently we're baking on Fridays, so you may order a pie for pick up then to get the flavor you want. Just give us a few days advance warning so we have it on the schedule. Call 618-887-4732.

We have many fruit flavors available for our baked goods, including apple, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, peach, and rhubarb. Combinations, too, like apple rhubarb, apple cherry, cherry rhubarb, and apple blueberry. In the fall we'll add pumpkin and pecan pies. Most are $17, with an extra $1 for a crust top or with caramel swirled on top. Pies can be unbaked as well (except pumpkin and pecan!), with the crumb already on top or in a separate bag. They freeze well - imagine enjoying a freshly baked fruit pie whenever you want! Baking instructions included.

THE STORE:  Our little brown on-farm store with the porch is not yet open. When we open for the season, it serves as our check-in and sales point on the farm. That's also where you'll find good things to eat and drink! We're not yet allowing customers inside the store, so the outside porch will be set up on weekends like a farmers market stand so you know what we have available. Look for conserves, fruit butter, honey from on the farm, and already picked apples.

NEW BUILDING:  It's up! And big! And very red! You can't miss it. We're very pleased with the space it will give us, although it will take us a while to get the interior the way we want it. Thank you, again, to all those who donated to our building fund! It's a big project. We will continue working out of our little brown store (with the porch) for the immediate future.

The children's play area will be open soon, including the 3-floor wire maze. There are still animals to visit, and space to run around. You can also admire our home-built half-scale Lunar Excursion Module (LEM). The first man on the moon was over fifty years ago on July 29, 1969,

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As many of you already know, our iconic red apple barn (the main building) was completely destroyed by fire on May 4, 2014. Our market, bakery, cider operation, wreath making equipment, coolers, walk-in freezer (which contained hundreds of gallons of cider and many apple pies worth of filling), and countless other items were totally lost. With over thirty years in business, we had accumulated a lot of stuff, and guess where it was stored.

Just a note: the parking is free, the play area is free, the wagon ride is free, and the country ambiance is free.  We are family owned and operated; our bakery goods are hand made on-site and our apples may not be as pretty as the store bought varieties - but they usually taste better.  We aren't a big operation, but we put a lot of heart into making you feel at home.  So take a break from reality, put down your iPhone, "Come visit us!"

 

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WE ARE NOT YET OPEN FOR THE SEASON, BUT WILL BE SOON.


Tentative Hours:
  Tues thru Fri  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Sat & Sun  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  Monday   CLOSED

Closed on Mondays except Labor Day and Columbus Day. Also closed Thanksgiving Day.

The tractor and wagons will run to the Orchard beginning Labor Day weekend.




Our season usually starts in July or August and runs until noon on December 24th...