Today we decided to go pick our own peaches down at the Mills Apple Farm. We’ve never picked our own peaches before so it was quite exciting! There is nothing better than a summer sun warmed peach. I believe I could live off of them forever.
I’d never actually looked up the Mills Apple Farm before, so I had no idea there would be so much for kids! There was a maze that reminded me a little of a kids chicken coup complete with slides, pedal tractors in a barn and animals!
Of course I made a beeline for the bunnies. I love bunnies. I could have hung out there all day.
I did spend quite awhile picking up purple clovers for them to snack on. They were very sweet and friendly.
There is also a flock of chickens that will come out and worship you for as long as it takes for them to realize you don’t have any food and two very mean spirited geese. I have never seen such weird geese before!
Apparently they are Chinese Geese and they do not like people. They are not afraid of people, but they are very loud and obnoxious to anyone who gets close to them.
The donkey’s liked to follow Judah. They were so soft and friendly. There were also two goats inside their fenced in area, but they were busy eating everything as goats do.
The lady that was working the store had said there were more animals, but the last few nights they’ve been hit by foxes, coyotes and possibly something larger.
After pulling myself away from the bunnies, we walked over to the peach trees with a little peach box. The scent was sickly sweet. There were so many peaches on trees that they were bent over by the weight, ripe peaches spread out around their trunks and left for scavengers.
Beyond the trees were the award winning Granny Smith and Red Delicious apple trees coming to fruition. The experience already having us commit ourselves to coming back in a few months for the fall fruits.
Inside the little shop they had local honey, pies, jams, fruit butters and more. The peaches were only $1.20/lb; which is cheaper than most grocery stores. The family fun and picking experience are all free of course.
The history of the Mills Apple Farm is pretty fascinating. They planted their first commercial apple orchards in 1973 and then later added Christmas trees, peaches, blackberries and cherries. Now it has 16 varieties of apples, 14 of peaches as well as Scotch pine Christmas Trees! But if picking fruit is not your cup of tea, they have you covered with their award winning pies! All the pies are made on the farm from scratch.
By the way, the peaches are to die for! They were golden perfection. Maybe if I quit eating them so fast I’ll have time to snap a photo.
The Mills Apple Farm is located in Marine, IL. They also have designated areas for weddings and parties if you are looking for a very romantic orchard for your special day. You can learn more about them on their website, but it hasn’t really been updated since 2016. Check out their calendar for special educational tours, cider making and more!