Our mission is to provide our visitors with a safe, clean, fun and memorable family fall experience. We hope you will bring your family out to visit us this harvest season!
The first apple trees were planted here at this Northern Illinois apple orchard in 1974 by Retired Air Force Colonel Stan Johnson and his wife, Katie. When Stan and Katie wished to retire, we purchased the orchard and the 1984 harvest season was operated under our new name – Jonamac Orchard, a combination of the names Johnson and McArtor. We are happy to be celebrating our 30th year in business this year, and hope for many more apple picking seasons to come.
Over the years we have purchased additional acres to bring our total operation to 105 acres. By 1992, our little store was no longer big enough to serve the growing Chicago Area population, so we built a new processing shed and store on the site of the old building. We continued to expand as our business grew and completed a large addition to the store and indoor bathrooms in 2008. Each year more and more trees were planted as demand for our apples and apple picking grew. In 2012 we purchased 65 adjacent acres and planted 1,600 new trees, we now have over 10,000 apple trees consisting of more than two dozen varieties.
To help us manage our growth and work load, we brought our son Kevin and his wife Denice into the business in 1993. They purchased the barn/house from us in 1996 and moved in with their sons Max and Jake. Our granddaughter Jenna and her husband Mike Spychal started working full-time at the apple orchard in 2012, it is great to have them here as a part of the family business.
In 2000, we contracted with Brett Herbst, of The MAiZE, in Orem, Utah to assist us in the design of our first corn maze. Each year, we decide upon the design and other characteristics that we want in the maze and create a map. We then plant and cut out the maze each spring, and hopefully it will look like it is supposed to!
We have added more and more activities and events each year to increase the family oriented fun we offer to our visitors. This has included the Barn Yard activity area, Apple Train, Apple Launcher, Petting Zoo, Pony rides, Jumping Pillow and more.
We had never heard of Jonamac Orchard before my son invited us to go there with the grand kids. It was quite exciting for the children. There was so much for them to do. We picked up apples and a couple taffy apples as we left. The place is very well run and the staff is wonderful. The apples were so good that my husband and I returned a couple weeks later for more taffy apples and regular apples. It is worth the trip. We took the country roads and even the drive is beautiful
Great orchard! Many activities for the kids... petting zoo, pony rides, play areas, jump pillow, tractor ride, apple and pumpkin launch, and a great corn maze. And of course a huge selection for apples. They even have wine tasting in the cider house, for the adults... my only complaint is that their donuts aren't as good as some other orchards we've gone too, but other people seem to like them.
Place was fun and very well laid out and maintained. Lots of activities for kids and spread out nicely. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars was the bug infestation at this place is unbelievable. There were so many ladybugs that people were covered in them as well as the little black corn bugs. Ive never seen anything like it. They pinched and bit just enough to annoy you and it was non-stop. The building were all covered by thousands of them. There were tons of people and it never seemed crowded. Kids had lots of fun.
Great place to go to get away from the city. There were a ton of people here but I still got that country feel just driving out. They have wine tastings and a delicious bakery full of awesome treats. You can also pick your own apples!
Great place for kids n adult both. I like that you buy the bracelet n can do everything. Can buy extra token to do the Apple launcher. Wine tasting for adults is so good. Can buy food get apple donuts. Yummy