From Edwardsville: Corner of Troy Rd. and Goshen (near Home Depot)
Go east on Goshen Road approximately four miles, turn right on Staunton Rd., cross the Bike Trail, turn left on Kuhn Station Rd. We are down the road about 1/4 mile on the right. Or type in Liberty Apple Orchard in Google Maps!
From St. Louis via I-55
Take Exit 23, travel east on Route 143 (1/4 mile), right on Staunton Rd. for about a mile. At the "T" with Goshen Rd., turn left and then take the first right back onto Staunton Rd. Cross the Bike Trail, turn left of Kuhn Station Rd. We are down the road about 1/4 mile on the right.
Liberty Apple Orchard
Our tenth year as a U-pick apple orchard could not have been better thanks to all of you! Lugene and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of our wonderful friends who returned to the orchard for our tenth season and meeting new guests who found us this year.
We had a bit of a rainy start to the year, but most of the season was warm and dry with the autumn sun embracing the golden leaves of the Liberty, Enterprise and Goldrush trees. We were blessed with a bountiful crop of Gala, McIntosh, Jonathan, Empire, Fuji, Ultra Gold, Enterprise, Granny Smith and Goldrush. Many guests enjoyed a couple of new varieties this year: Evercrisp and Ludacrisp. We hope to have more on the top-graft trees next year. Thank you for helping to bring in this harvest!
We again missed having the elementary public-school school children visit the orchard on field trips, but we are thankful that over 400 preschoolers, the SIUE International group and the Edwardsville CEO high school seniors could join us on field trips. Edwards Jones and Trinity Lutheran held family nights at the orchard which were great fun.
The benefit and 5k Run/walk for the American Cancer Society was very successful. It was so nice to have this event return after a two-year pause due to Covid-19. Thank you to all who came out to show their support for this worthy cause.
We greatly appreciate the dedication and hard work of the fifteen high school, college and retired folks who helped maintain the orchard and assisted guests in finding and carrying apples. Your kind words of recognition for these employees are greatly appreciated.
We expanded our partnership with Operation Food Search, a non-profit foodbank who brought volunteers three times to pick apples for those in need. We also continued to provide apples to Metro-East and St. Louis area food pantries through Feeding America. The Glen/Ed and Maryville pantries were served directly from the orchard throughout the season.
Now, the angle of the evening sun through the rows of trees signals the close of the autumn season. The winter winds have swept away our guests, but not the memories of laughter in the orchard, children hopscotching among the trees in apple printed dresses and flannel shirts, family photos on the pony cart, and the crunch of a crisp apple in the autumn sun.
Looking forward to seeing you next year!
“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower
We will grieve not; rather find
Strength in what remains behind”
No "Field Access" or parking fee. Pay only for what you pick at our family orchard!
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A. Lincoln, Gettysburg Address