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Families flock to Edwards Apple Orchard West to celebrate fall traditions

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WINNEBAGO (WREX) — Fall is in full swing and that means its time for apple picking, hay rides and tasty treats. At Edwards Apple Orchard West, the location brings all the flavors of the season into one place for families to enjoy.

"Just what we do is so cool," says manager Kristin Edwards Johnston. "We get to welcome families out to our property, and they get to have that fall experience, and we get to provide that to them."

Since 1988, the orchard has become a beloved fall destination for families across the Stateline.

For Edwards Johnston, her favorite part of working for her family's business is seeing happy faces return year after year.

"When our regulars come back, especially that first time they come back, we're always like, 'Welcome back, its good to see you again;' making those connections with your community, that makes it special," says Edwards Johnston.

Something she says everyone who walks through the barn doors has in common: they come to eat.

"You'll get people who come out like every week, or the people who just come once a year, they always are getting their donuts, then they'll buy the different variety of apples, because that is always changing, a fresh gallon of cider and then sometimes jams, jellies or apple butter," says Edwards Johnston.

The orchard is best known for their apple cider donuts, but people come from near and far for their wide selection of dips, salsas and candies as well.

One item that is unique to the Winnebago location are their apple slushies.

"Our apple slushies are delicious," says Edwards Johnston, "we added them many years ago now but they still are a fall favorite. Even when it gets colder we still sell more apple cider slushies than we do hot cider."

So whether you have a sweet tooth or a savory craving, the orchard has something for every palate.

"To have that place in peoples lives and in their hearts is a cool feeling," says Edwards Johnston. 

Edwards Apple Orchard West is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily through November 28 for the season. It is located at 8218 Cemetery Road in Winnebago.

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