Pies! Pies! Pies!

| October 27, 2008 | 2 Comments

applepickBy: Cathy McNulty

October 27, 2008 – It’s been a few years since we ventured out to our favorite apple orchard. Finding the time and the courage to do the drive with the kids just hasn’t happened the past few years. Finally, this year, in hopes to find a pumpkin farm that was more farm and less about spending money on things that you really wouldn’t find on a farm, we made the drive west on I-88 to Malta, Illinois.

Just a little bit south of Northern Illinois University sits Jonamac Orchard In our days before kids we’d make that drive every fall with our friends. We’d spend our day getting lost in the corn maze (with a break at mid-point for some apple donuts and warm apple cider). After our adventure with the maze we’d head into the country store for some fresh caramel apples and to purchase our fresh apple pies (to be eaten later that night after our pumpkin carving contest). Our trip to Jonamac has changed since those times of being care free and without little ones. Now, our visit includes watching the kids pick apples and pumpkins and spending time in the barn yard activity area. The barn yard activity area is one of the reasons this farm is my favorite. Everything for the kids to play with is simple and doesn’t seem out of place at all on a farm. My 4 year old enjoyed riding the “peddle tractors” and my 16 month old spent a good twenty minutes filling a bucket with corn and then dumping it out. With the two kids we could only glance at the corn maze (there’s no way we could have spent 1-2 hours walking around with the little ones – not yet anyway). We were, however, able to continue one very important tradition.

As our day was coming to a close we visited the country store to purchase two fresh pies – one apple and one pumpkin. Both of which were enjoyed by us all within just a few days! Although most of the fall activities are coming to an end as October closes, the country store will continue to bake and sell pies through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The store shelves will be stocked with fresh picked apples, cider and when in season; sweet corn, squash, pumpkins, and more! The bakery will be busy again making apple donuts, apple pies, apple pizzas, home-made fudge, pumpkin pies, and hand made caramel apples. I strongly encourage a drive out to the country to pick up some fresh pies and enjoy the view. Although the drive is long, it truly is amazing how driving just 30 minutes west of Naperville will find you out “in the country”. The country store will be open 9am to 5pm Wednesdays through Sundays in November. The last day of the season will be Wednesday November 26th. You can order your Thanksgiving pies for pick up on Wednesday November 26th. Maybe if you have a son or daughter attending school at NIU you can have them be in charge of bringing dessert for your Thanksgiving meals!

For more information visit Jonamac Orchard.

This is an Original ChicagoMomViews.net article.

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Cathy McNulty is a part-time teacher and a full-time mom. You can find out more about Cathy at McCathy’s Tub.

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  1. Molly says:

    It looks fabulous, I have to check it out. Thanks Cathy!

  2. MJ Tam says:

    I would love to take the kids there! Thanks for writing about this.

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