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Edwards Apple Orchard, Poplar Grove

Categories: Farms, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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  • This is a great little gem with a halfway point for my family from Madison and Chicagoland. Free entrance. Great clean facility with all the trappings of a fantastic fall festival experience. Live mus...  read more »
  • We have been going to Edward's for over 25 years. The cider doughnuts are truly the best I have ever had, and they have excellent fudge in a variety of flavors. The downside is that it is incredibly c...  read more »
  • Great place to go for fall fun! Great for tweens and teens. Found this place last year -- Went for the second time today. As we're in October, I called first things this morning to check on what apple...  read more »
  • Friendly staff and amazing apple cider doughnuts! Love that they have apple samples so you know what apples to get! Great place!
  • Love the doughnuts! The people are always so friendly
  • Edwards Apple Orchard is the best! They make the best hot apple cider donuts in the state. We love all the samples in the Apple Barn. Our family and extended family have been going there for over 20 years. Everyone at Edwards is friendly and helpful. If you haven't there you are missing out on a great family outing. So what are you waiting for? Pack up the family and head out there right away!
  • Family owned, this business squeezes every drop of care and character into the products and property for the good of the people!
  • I would probably have enjoyed this place more if I had brought small children with me, as that's what this entire business is set up to cater to. There is a nice little farm museum, a large children's playground area, a petting barn, and of course a lot of great and not-unreasonably-priced food. Unfortunately, the reason my friends and I drove to the apple orchard was to actually spend time in the apple orchard. At Edwards, unlike every other apple orchard I've ever been to, you have to pre-pay before even setting foot in the apple orchard. And you can't walk around and look at other things you might be interested in, they drive you to a spot where they want you to pick and just set you down there. Where's the fun in that? On top of it all, the price you pay to pick apples - $40 for a medium-sized bushel - is almost insultingly expensive. No, there are no other sizes of bushel, it's a huge amount of apples or none. And the per-pound price comes out at or above what I'd pay at many grocery stores, even for organic, locally-sourced apples. I went on the last day of the harvest season, November 1st, and it was sad to see so many apples still on the trees and the ground carpeted with windfall apples. Clearly they've made the actual picking experience prohibitively expensive, not to mention pretty joyless. I think Edwards would do a lot better under a different name, maybe "Edwards Family Farm" or something to that effect, that would better capture what people actually do there. Maybe the customers who have never grown up around or been to a small family-owned orchard think that this is what they should actually be, in which case I pity them. If Edwards wants to brand itself an "apple orchard" they should really put more effort into making the orchard more fun and accessible, because right now it's by far the weakest part of their experience by far. I'd give the orchard itself two stars, but the other amenities they offered earned them another one.
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