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, located 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.
following year we got a little more adventurous,
so we planted even more pumpkins. Signs were
created and placed along 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.
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
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.
We 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.