FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There is no admission fee here.
DO YOU ACCEPT CHECKS?
We accept cash and credit/debit cards (except American Express), but not personal checks.
We will, however, accept business, organization & school checks.
DO YOU HAVE AN ATM?
We currently do not have an ATM. There are two banks (Marine Bank & Busey Bank) with ATM capability located a mile-and-a-half north of us on Duncan Road.
HOW FAR ARE YOU FROM CAMPUS? FROM CHICAGO?
We're an easy 15 minute drive from campus. We're 2.5 hours south of Chicago, just off of I-57.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
No. Please leave all pets at home.
ARE YOU HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
Our store & café are on flat, level ground – easily accessible for those with disabilities. The petting zoo & kids’ area is also accessible down a slight decline on an asphalt path. Gravel & uneven ground, however, make reaching the orchard & pumpkin patch more challenging.
MAY WE BRING OUR OWN FOOD & DRINK?
Since we have a restaurant on site, no other food or drink is allowed.
WHAT ALLERGENS ARE IN YOUR DONUTS?
Eggs, milk, soy & wheat. There are no peanut ingredients in the donuts and they are not cooked in peanut oil (we use trans-fat free vegetable oil).
WHAT’S IN YOUR CIDER?
Just the juice squeezed from the apples. We add nothing else – no preservatives, no sugar, not even water.
DO YOU PASTEURIZE YOUR CIDER?
We pasteurize our cider, as required by state law. For those looking to make homemade hard cider, our pasteurized cider will still ferment. In fact, there’s a local brewery that turns our product into a hard cider.
DOES THE CIDER HAVE TO BE REFRIGERATED?
We encourage customers to treat cider like milk: refrigerate it when you get home. After that, it takes about two weeks for refrigerated cider to ferment. Fermented cider isn’t harmful to drink, but will definitely take on a vinegary taste.
HOW SHOULD I STORE MY APPLES & PUMPKINS?
Store apples in as cool a location as possible (without freezing them). If refrigerating, keep the apples covered so they don’t dry out; even an occasional spritz of water will help.
The most important tip for pumpkin storage is to keep them dry. Any surface that’s moist will rot the pumpkin from the bottom up.
Never store apples & pumpkins together in the same location. Apples emit ethylene gas, which causes pumpkins to rot.
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