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Hours of Operation

CLOSED for the 2013 SEASON
Opening September 2014

4914 North Union Rd
Union, IL 60180
McHenry County
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Good to Know

Free admission
Free parking
Apples priced per pound
Please no pets
Picnic facilities unavailable

Orchard Field Trips

Bring your class, troop, or group Wed-Fri and take a tour of our orchard. Please call to reserve your spot.

Payment Options
We accept cash/check/credit/debit
We accept cash, check, Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and debit
Weekly Updates
Phone: (815) 923-4834

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The Prairie Sky Orchard Story

What is now Prairie Sky Orchard was built from the ground up in the early 1990s from an empty 5-acre lot in Union, IL, Aerial view of Prairie Sky Orchardlocated 50 miles northwest of Chicago. After we moved into our newly built home, we had a desire to use the land. Our three children pulled their money together and decided to buy pumpkin seeds.

Those seeds grew into a harvest of several hundred pumpkins, which all sold on our first weekend. We realized we had a great location and might be onto something.

The following year we got a little more adventurous, so we planted even more pumpkins. Signs were created and placed Ripe red apples at Prairie Sky Orchardalong the road to provide greater visibility and direction to our new venture. As people discovered us, many also asked where the apples were. We found out that the shape and color of our signs looked more like apples than pumpkins.

Prompted by this unintentional interest in apples, we learned what we could about growing apple trees. In 1996 we planted our first 100 dwarf apple trees and have since added 1900 more trees.

In the spring of 2013 we completed the replant process using of a high density system. We now have a little under 2000 dwarf apple trees.

Pole barn at Prairie Sky Orchard featuring a variety of gourmet foodsWe grow a wide variety of apples, but the Honey Crisp apple is our specialty! While we don't allow u-pick of the Honey Crisp variety, it remains our top selling apple.

Today, we continue what those original pumpkins seeds created and are thankful for those who continue to make Prairie Sky Orchard a part of their family fall activities.

Ralph and Sue Ellen Arndt


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