About Us

Apples on Oak is a family-owned and operated orchard. It all started when Larry (co-founder) began grafting trees around 1976 as a hobby that went wild. This orchard has been open to the public in Homer Township, Illinois (southwest of Chicago) for over 20 years. There are 4 acres of trees comprised of 80 plus different apple varieties. There are over 20 apple varieties that are in large quantities, with our specialty varieties being limited. As you might expect, many of our apple varieties you will not find at your local grocery store. Give them a try and we are sure you will find one that will become you favorite.

Mary and Larry Peceniak, Co-Founders of Apples on Oak


Q:    Why are the trunks of the trees painted white?
A:    The white paint reflects solar heat in the winter to prevent the bark from splitting.  
Q:    How do you know when the apples are ripe?
A:    Lift an apple gently with a twist and the apple will fall off in your hand.  When cut open the seeds are brown.

Q:    Are the trees in this orchard raised from seed?
A:    These trees have not been raised from seeds.  They are cloned (grafted) from the original apple tree, which was raised from seed.  Some of these varieties are 100 years old, while others are just a few years old.

Q:    How do you get different apples on one tree?
A:    The apples are grafted (cloned) on particular branches when the tree is young.

Our summer apples are sweet and juicy

Find yourself wishing the apple season was longer?  Start picking earlier next year!  We open the last weekend in July, picking Williams Pride, a variety to please everyone with it’s mild flavor, and it’s great for the summer months, as it’s juicy and refreshing.