Mills Apple Farm

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LATE 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:  Official Opening Day will be August 27th at 10:00 a.m.

PICK YOUR OWN APPLES:  The tractor will be running to the orchard (on weekends only!) starting August 27th. We are exited for you to see how many apples are on the trees. Some of these early varieties still have some ripening to do, but they already taste good. You can mix and match - whatever tastes best to you!. Plan to arrive before 4:00 if you want a tractor ride. Apples will be sold by the 1/2 peck, peck, and 1/2 bushel bags. Please purchase your bags before you get on a wagon. (You will not need to get your bags weighed upon your return from the orchard.) Check the Orchard Update link to see current variety status.

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 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, 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 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 when available.

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. While we were able to find enough to exhibit at the county fair (and win some ribbons!) we were not able to sell any. Maybe next year.

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 is taking 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 is open, including the 3-floor wire maze. The glider swings are back up as well. There are still animals to visit, and space to run around. This year we have 26 young laying hens doing chicken things. 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 WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR THE SEASON ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27.

NEW THIS YEAR: Picking Preview on Aug 20 and 21 from 1:00 - 5:00.


Hours Starting August 27, 2022:
  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 August 27th.




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