Dear Friends and Customers,
Thank you to all who made our year at Mills Apple Farm a success. This includes our helpers, who were so important in making it happen, my family, and most importantly, our friends and customers who made it all worthwhile. I feel no greater joy than when I hear laughter coming from the orchards, the Christmas trees and the play areas.
The coming year is shaping up to be even better. We will be planting new trees, improving facilities, and adding attractions as fast as we can. Check this web site or Facebook from time to time and see what may be new.
Next time you are at a computer go to Google Maps and type in "Mills Apple Farm." Zoom in on the aerial view and you will see my family in action. Son Keith’s shadow is visible next to the railroad tracks that he built. His little steam engine hauling kids is on the tracks. Lowell is on the tractor pulling four wagon loads of customers by the apple shed. Look out west of Marine on Highway 143 and you will see Sherry and Katie coming back from the Goshen Farmer’s Market in Edwardsville. And somewhere south of Springfield you will find me in my white Sprinter van returning from the "Old Capital Farmers Market." The satellite image was taken at about 1:00 pm on a Saturday in mid-September this year.
While you are at it see the new high tunnel green houses where sweet cherries will be available in a couple of years. North of that is the Wedding Meadow, a clearing in the woods that is becoming increasingly popular as a place to get married.
So for now, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Just a note: the parking is free, the play area is free, the wagon ride is free, and the country ambiance is free. We are family owned and operated; our bakery goods are hand made on-site and our apples aren't always as pretty as the store bought varieties - but they usually taste better. We aren't a big operation, but we put a lot of heart into making you feel at home. So take a break from reality, put down your iPhone, "Come visit us!"