County Line Orchard – Making Memories

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on September 17, 2019 with No Comments

County Line Orchard prides itself on making memories – and not just about apples. From picking apples or pumpkins with the family to visiting the gift shop, the Hobart-based orchard offers something for a wide variety of tastes.  Growing high-quality apples, selling directly to the customers and educating everyone who visits the farm is the founding principle of County Line Orchard.

Anyone who has seen the cars backed up all the way to U.S. Route 6 can attest to the orchard’s popularity and drawing power. Whether it’s picking apples or pumpkins, sampling one of the orchard’s famous apple-cinnamon doughnuts, visiting the gift shop, or watching their children pet farm animals, County Line Orchard draws people to this corner of Hobart.

Yes, this orchard has apples – and plenty of them. With more than 30 varieties of apples, visitors can choose their favorite or discover a new variety.

Pumpkins are another U-pick feature of the orchard. Admission to both the apples and pumpkins is $1, and you pay for what you pick, based on weight. You can also select from the orchard’s supply of sunflowers.

You’ve probably never heard the word yurt or associated bees with apples, but bee yurts are another feature at County Line Orchard. A yurt is a round shelter, which in this case is home for bees, creatures responsible for pollinating trees that produce, among other things, apples. Those looking for the queen bees in the yurt will know her by the marking of a small dot on her back.

For families, County Line Orchard offers something from music to mazes.

Barnyard Jams are a regular feature at the orchard, with different groups or individuals performing and inviting guests to sing along.

For $7, you can enter the orchard’s corn maze. Exploring themes vary, from sports to politics. Then there’s the Moo Choo, tractor-pulled barrel train cars for children.

The orchard also offers its Gift Loft, Kids’ Farm, and campfires.

If the sight of all that orchard produce leaves your mouth watery, County Line Orchard’s Big Barn is home to good food, whether your taste is baking or grilling.

Known for its doughnuts, County Line Orchard’s bakery also sells pies, candy, fudge, and breads. Inside the Sweet Shop are more goodies, including the Donut Parfait, a favorite topped with ice cream, honey, caramel, and whipped cream.

The County Line Kitchen’s menu includes pizza, sandwiches, chicken dinners, soup and salad, and children’s meals. The County Line Grill offers hot dogs or grilled cheese, along with brats and burgers.

The orchard also has a store where patrons can purchase cider, jams, apple butter, syrup, and gourmet items.

For those planning ahead, County Line Orchard is taking holiday orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These orders include pies and doughnuts.

The orchard is also a people place, attracting people for weddings, birthday parties, and school tours. A leader among orchard tours in the Chicagoland area, County Line Orchards draws an estimated 40,000 students.

Hours and admission: County Line Orchard is now open through Oct. 31. Big Barn hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The same hours hold for daily attractions. For U-pick patrons, the last tractor leaves at 5:00 p.m. As for food offerings, the kitchen is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily; the grill is open the same hours Saturdays and Sundays.

Location and contact:County Line Orchard is located at 200 S. County Line Rd. (corner of County Line and Cleveland Ave.) in Hobart. The phone number is 219-947-4477; website, You can also visit the orchard on Facebook.


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