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Curtis Orchard Opens For Season

It’s time for apple pie.

Curtis Orchard opened up shop for the season last week, and that can only mean one thing: apples. Well, actually it means a few things: Apricots, blueberries, Rehaven peaches, watermelon, sweet corn, tomatoes, yellow squash and zucchini.

Curtis Orchard, near the brand-new I-57 Curtis Road interchange — grows 5000 apple trees and 20 acres of pumpkins on their 80-acre farm just west of Windsor Road.

Dubbed an “entrainment farm,” the majority of activities — such as the corn maze, pony rides, and wagon rides — don’t commence until mid-August, but there is still much to do in August. Munch on the orchard’s locally-loved apple donuts and pies, or choose the (much) healthier route and pick a few apples from the farm’s trees. Currently, Lodi and William’s Pride varieties are ripe, and Early Crisp apples will be ready to pluck from the trees soon.

Curtis Orchard is located at 3902 S. Duncan Rd. The hours of operation are Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The farm closes for the season in mid-December.

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