A crisp, tart, very firm apple with an aromatic flavor. The flavor mellows the longer the apple is stored along with the degree of hardness. It becomes almost black after storage. This is a good apple for baking and cider making. Can be stored 4-5 months.
Believed to be a relative of the Golden and Red Delicious, this apple is crisp and juicy with the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Good for eating, baking, salads, and garnish since it is resistant to discoloration. Can be stored for 2-3 months.
A firm, crisp yellow apple with a sweet flavor. The more mature the apple, the sweeter the flavor. It is a good all-around apple. Cooks should reduce the amount of sugar when cooking with this variety. This is a great apple to use in salads and as garnishes since it is resistant to discoloration. Can be stored 2-3 months.
Illinois’ State apple! Developed by the Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois Co Op, this is a crisp, juicy apple with a good balance of sweet and tart, so named for its golden color and rush of flavor. It is a great apple that can be used for eating, sauces, baking, and cider. Keeps for at least 7 months if stored properly.
Pies/baking, applesauce, apple butter
This is a firm, crisp apple with a tart flavor and somewhat spicy. It is the offspring of Jonathan and McIntosh apples. It is a good apple for eating, cooking, and sauce, but tends to be mushy in baking. Can be stored 2-3 months.
An early season yellow apple that is perfect for applesauce due to its combination of juiciness and tartness. Refrigerate immediately and use them quickly! NOTE: This apple is sold unwashed to prevent bruising. Be sure to clean before using. Due to close similarity, Early Gold and Transparent apples are also often sold under this same name.
This apple was first bred at the Department of Horticulture at the Illinois Experiment Station in Urbana, Illinois. This is a juicy, crisp, fragrant apple that is good for pies and sauce. Can only be stored for a few weeks.
An early season, crisp, juicy, and sweet apple that has been described to have a brown sugar undertone. This is another good all-around apple for eating, sauce, baking, and juice. Has a 2-3 month storage life.
The apple schedule below is based on a “typical” year. Weather plays a really big role in ripening the apples. Depending on the weather, the apples could be ready before or after the chart depicts.
Visit our Ready Right Now page for a current list of everything available in the store and for u-pick!
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The Flying Monkey Café August 26 – October 31
11 am-2 pm every day
July 20 – November 4
Sunday 11am-6pm (October Sundays* 10 am – 6pm)
Sunday, November 5 – December 23
Monday – Saturday 9am-5:00pm
December 24 – July 19
Closed except by appointment
Please call 217-359-5565
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So much to do! And age appropriate activities! We will definitely be going every year!
Curtis Apple Orchard is great family-owned business. If you want to celebrate Fall, this is the place to come. They have great apple cider donuts and fritters, apple cider, pies, apples (peaches in late summer), and they serve great food, especially on weekends. You can pick your own pumpkins and apples, which can be pricey, but you will have a great time. If you don’t want to pick your own, there are plenty of pumpkins, apples and gourds to pick from. They have a great gift shop and they have a… Read more
This is our 2nd year coming here. We absolutely love it! It’s definitely a great value. The kids always have a blast while we are here and we enjoy the gift shop as well. Definitely worth the trip ?
Curtis Orchard is great place to visit with family and friends. When the weather is nicer, you can handpick apples; select pumpkins; and more. Don’t forget to visit the restaurant as well and make sure to try the apple doughnuts!
Michael C.Illinois City, IL
Great family place. Enjoy a day of fall fun, there is something for everyone with kids activities, apple picking and pumpkin patch and the country store! Love this place! 3rd year in a row we have come with grandkids.
Curtis Orchard is filled with plenty of activities for young and old! Every time we go we can’t leave without getting some of there delicious Apple Cider and donuts! Don’t forget to bring quarters so you can feed the goats and chickens! My boys love being able to ride the ponies and slide down the big slides, and of course it’s not tradition without taking the tractor wagon ride through the orchard then walking out into the patch to find the biggest pumpkin!
We were there in the fall and it was so much fun!~ Lots of activities for the kids, great apples and a really nice shop with lots of things for sale~
Shirley S.Toledo, OH
Really nice place to have a vacation.
Great place to visit for beautiful apples, Apple picking, pumpkin patch, delicious Apple cider donuts, and many neat gifts. Plus the staff are so friendly and helpful. Stop by if you are in the area.
Stopped by for the first time on a Saturday to pick up some apples. Left with apples, cider, and donuts. Apples were fresh and crisp, the donuts were moist and addictive, and the cider had just the right amount of tart and sweet.
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