ROYAL OAK FARM ORCHARD
FAITH ~ FAMILY ~ FARMING ~ FRUIT

U-PICK INFORMATION
Our three orchards, North, South and East cover over 50 acres, so be prepared to walk a lot. We have over 17,000 trees and not all our 30 varieties are all ripe all at the same time.  It's best to wear closed toe shoes rather than sandles or flip flops and do not wear red or yellow if you can avoid it.  Unfortunately, bees and yellow jackets are attracted to both red and yellow, and the yellow jackets like broken apples on the ground, so sandles or flip flops make it easier to get your toes stung!  Click here for a copy of our U-Pick Guide with more picking information for your trip to the orchard!
Fresh Picked Home Grown Apples...
hand picked each day at Royal Oak Farm Orchard!

Adults (17 to 64) - $12.00/person for 1/2 Peck bag of apples (5-6 lbs.)
                           OR - $21.00/person for 1 Peck bag of apples (10-12 lbs.)
Children (6 to 16) - $6.00/person for 1/4 Peck bag of apples - (3 lbs.)
Seniors (65 and over) - $6.00/person for 1/4 Peck bag of apples (3 lbs.)
Children 5 and under free, but do not get a bag

Tokens may also be used for U-Pick.  
Adults - 4 tokens for $12 bag or 7 tokens for $21 bag
Children (6 to 16) - 2 tokens for $6.00 bag
Seniors (65 and over) -  2 tokens for $6.00 bag  

Token packages are available at our Token Booth prior to entering U-Pick.  Save $10 to $30 on a U-Pick/Amaze 'N Apples 20 or 40 Token Package - 20 Tokens for $50.00 or 40 Tokens for $90.00!  Tokens can be used for U-Pick, Amaze 'N Apples, Carousel, Trackless Train and Orchard Tours.

U-Pick price includes wagon ride to the orchard on weekends, sampled apples, bag and the apples you pick. Prices are per person.  Each person interested in going into the orchard will need to purchase a bag. Children 5 and under are free, but do not receive a bag. Please note the last wagon to the orchard departs 30 minutes before closing time.  Please do not bring your own bags, baskets or containers.  We provide all you need to pick.  No containers other than the bags we provide are allowed in the orchard.

*Tractor drawn wagons run only on weekends, Labor Day and Columbus Day and stop running 30 minutes before closing.  U-Pick closes 1 hour prior to all other activities or at sunset.



Royal Oak Farm Orchard hand picked apples are the freshest. Unlike store produce, Royal Oak Farm Orchard apples are opened for U-Pick at their peak ripeness and tested for sugar content each day. We have over 17,000 trees and not all our 30 varieties are all ripe all at the same time.  We will pick no apple before it's time!  You can tell how ripe an apple is by how much starch it contains.  A very ripe apple will contain little starch, while a young apple will be mostly starch, particularly when compared to sugar. As an apple ripens, the starch is converted into sugar, so the fruit grows more palatable as it ripens. The conversion process starts at the apple’s core, then progresses outward to the apple’s skin. The presence or lack of starch can affect an apple’s flavor. An apple that has not had sufficient time to ripen may lack sweetness because more starch is present than sugar. As an apple matures, the increasing amount of sugar will cause a sweeter flavor.  So we don't like to open varieties for picking until they have that maximum sugar so you can enjoy their peak flavor!

Anyone who has plucked a ripe, sun-ripened crisp apple right from the tree and promptly eaten it knows what a taste difference there really is. The freshest apples are also the most nutritious. They are picked ripe with their full complement of vitamins.  So, after the apples are tested for sugar content, we mark our U-Pick rows with yellow flags on the end of each row only when the apples reach their peak ripeness so you know where to pick the freshest, most ripe apples each day! So, once you enter the orchard, only pick on those rows marked with the bright yellow flags to assure you are getting the freshest and best apples that day!
Since the presence of a lot of starch can affect an apple’s flavor, an apple that has not had sufficient time to ripen will have more starch present than sugar. This, combined with the acid present in the apple, can have an adverse effect on one's stomach.  So, to avoid an upset stomach, please do not pick and eat apples that are not ripe yet!

U-Pick Hours


August 18 - September 30

Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM



October 1 - October 31

Monday - Thursday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM



November 1 - November 12

Monday - Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Here is our 2017 Season estimated schedule.
The list below identifies the ripening order for our apple varieties. Use this list to help choose apple varieties which are ready to pick at different times throughout the season. The harvest dates listed here are approximate for northern Illinois and are dependent upon weather conditions.  Please give us a call at 815-648-4141 before coming to pick your favorite variety. Even though our picking schedule is updated regularly during the harvest season, our picking schedule can change from hour to hour due to weather conditions and the number of visitors we have for U-Pick each day!

CURRENT CROP REPORT
APPLES
The 2017 Season has now closed and we will see you in 2018!


WINTER SQUASH




Click Variety for Description
Approx. Pick Date*
Flavor
Best Use
Availability
August 8
Sweet
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
August 18
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce
Sold Out
August 25
Sweet/Tart
Eat/Bake/Salad/Dry
Sold Out
August 31
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce
Sold Out
August 31
Sweet
Eat/Bake/Salad/Dry
Sold Out
September 1
Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
September 15
Sweet/Spicy
Eat/Salad/Sauce
Sold Out
September 1
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
September 15
Spicy/Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce
Sold Out
Spurmac (McIntosh)
September 8
Spicy/Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
September 16
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
September 15
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Dry
Sold Out
September 29
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
Jonafree (Jonathan)
September 22
Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
September 15
Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
September 29
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
September 29
Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
September 29
Tart/Sweet
Eat/Bake/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
September 29
Sweet
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
October 6
Sweet
Eat/Salad/Sauce
Sold Out
October 6
Sweet/Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauces
Sold Out
October 6
Sweet/Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce/Dry
Sold Out
October 13
Sweet/Tart
Eat/Salad
Sold Out
October 20
Tart
Eat/Bake/Sauce
Sold Out
October 20
Tart/Sweet
Eat/Bake/Salad
Sold Out
October 21
Sweet
Eat/Bake/Salad
Sold Out
Crispin (Mutsu)
October 21
Sweet
Eat/Bake/Sauces
Sold Out
October 30
Tart/Sweet
Eat/Bake/Sauces
Sold Out
October 21
Tart/Sweet
Eat/Bake/Salad/Dry
Sold Out
October 21
Tart
Eat/Bake/Salad/Dry
Sold Out
*All dates are approximate and could change by 5 to 7 days earlier or later than Approximate Pick Date.

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Royal Oak Farm Orchard - 15908 Hebron Road - Harvard, IL 60033- -815.648.4141