Melissa Gilbert, an actress best known for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder on “Little House on the Prairie,” paid a visit to Edwards Apple Orchard. I adore apples, so getting to choose our own was a treat for our team as well as for me. This year, we got the chance to visit Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, Illinois, a fourth-generation family farm that has evolved into a gathering place for families to develop customs that honor the regional flavors of autumn, Gilbert wrote on Modern Prairie.
The production crew posted on the Official Modern Prairie Facebook page, “We learned something new, like the best type of apple to use for apple pie, met amazing people and developed new friendships (like our young buddy, Aliza who sat with Melissa and shared a sketch she’d made for her).”
Everywhere you look, Gilbert writes, “pleasure radiates from the picnic tables to the petting zoo to spectacular orchards where a variety of apple families gleam like beacons of optimism.” “The highlight? Apple cinnamon donuts were available! I’ll be there as long as there are donuts, consider me.
Through the end of the fall season, Edwards Apple Orchard at 7601 Centerville Road is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Based on a series of books written by the real-life Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Little House on the Prairie” was a television series that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and starred Michael Landon as the patriarch of a frontier family residing in Minnesota in the 1870s–1890s.