Mills Apple Farm

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Late Fall 2021

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.

CHRISTMAS TREES:  We're ready to go! Lovely Canadian Balsam brought in from Novia Scotia are for sale in our tree lot. There is a shortage this year, especially of tall trees, so plan to choose yours soon! Heights range from 6' to 11', priced by height category starting at $64.73 plus tax. We display our trees in water to keep them fresh for you. Shaking, baling, and loading on your car are included at no extra charge. Remember to bring your tie straps or rope, although we do have some string available.

CIDER:  We have sweet cider from Schwartz Orchard in Centralia. In half-gallons. All is UV treated (instead of pasteurized).

BAKED GOODS: It's time to order your holiday pies! Of course, you may order a pie at any time, not just for a holiday, to get the flavor you want. Just give us a few days to get it made just for you.  Baked and unbaked available to order and pick up until Dec. 24th. Call 618-887-4732. Limited selection of pre-baked pies available on weekends.

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, apple blueberry and apple cranberry. Also pumpkin (your choice of fresh or canned pumpkin) and pecan. Most are $15, 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 our check-in and sales point on the farm. That's also where you'll find good things to eat and drink! We're currently not allowing customers inside the store, so the outside porch is set up on weekends like a farmers market stand so you know what all we have available. Look for conserves, fruit butter, and already picked apples.

APPLES:  The apple trees are mostly bare, so we are suspending apple picking. Thank you to our loyal apple customers. It's been a challenging year; apple quantity and quality was not what we'd like. We'll work hard this winter and next spring to improve things for 2022.

PEACHES:  They are done. It was a disapointing peach season.

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 is open, including the 3-floor wire maze. We have new glider swings this year, and 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.

We intend to rebuild. We want to make it better. We want to do it right. In the interim, we have temporary operations in place in order to continue to do business. Please bear with us during the coming seasons.

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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OPEN THRU DEC. 24, 2021 AT NOON

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, starting Labor Day weekend, will run to the Orchard and the Pumpkin Patch on weekends through October 24 until 4:00 p.m.




Our normal season starts sometime in July
and runs until noon on December 24th...