2017 EVENTS

Phil Nielsen will be bringing his Belgian horses out again this fall.  Take a step back in time to a period when these beautiful animals were used for farm work.  Young and old alike will enjoy taking a horse drawn wagon ride in the orchard. There is a small fee for the horse drawn wagon rides:
Under 10 - $3.00
10 and over - $5.00

Sunday, September 24 12:00-3:00
Sunday, October 1 12:00-3:00

Looking for some new ideas for your next party or special event? Why not consider having Phil bring his horses out for your company party, family reunion, caroling party, you name it? What a great way to add some old fashioned fun. Give Phil a call at 815-793-2446.


Every year, as September 11th approaches, our thoughts are with all
those who lost their lives, their families who were left to mourn, and those
who fought and continue to fight for our country.  As a way of showing our
appreciation and eternal gratefulness for these individuals, we will offer a
complimentary cider donut and coffee to any past or present military personnel,
firefighter, EMT, or police officer on the September 11th anniversary.  Make
sure you have your military ID or badge and we will be honored to treat you. 
Once again, thank you to all of our hero's.


The Waterman Lions Club will be at the orchard on Sunday, September 24th
grilling their famous butterfly pork chop sandwiches.  This is always a special
event for us and we are happy to show our support for this dedicated organization. Proceeds from the barbeque are used to help fight blindness and diabetes worldwide. They will be serving from noon until 3:00.


Mark your calendars!  The DeKalb County Cattlemen's Association will be grilling up some of their delicious DeKalb County beef on Sunday, October 1st.  They always do a great job and receive rave reviews from customers.  They will be serving from noon to 3:00.  Don't miss it!


Pumpkins will be specially priced for the 4 day weekend.

We hope you'll come out to help us celebrate Pumpkin Harvest Weekend. It's really a great way to kick off the Halloween season. We'll have pumpkin pies available in addition to our other varieties and our pumpkins will be specially priced. The wagon rides will be running all four days.  It's a great time to head out to the Pumpkin Patch to find that perfect Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin. We will also be giving away three giant pumpkins over the weekend. Get your carving supplies ready--you may be one of the lucky winners

                                                                                                 LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Waterman Lions Club Gobbler Gallop
This 5K walk/run, sponsored by the Waterman Lions Club, is held every November in Waterman.  The course is a certified 5K course that starts and finishes at Waterman Elementary School. The course winds through scenic village streets and is fully paved with mile markers for each mile.  For more information and registration, check their website at

Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve
– Chief Shabbona Forest Preserve is located 7 miles west of our orchard in Shabbona, IL. It is named after Chief Shabbona, a Pottawami Indian chief who lived in the area in the 1800’s. The forest preserve has beautiful nature trails, a playground, picnic tables and shelter houses.

Shabbona Lake State Park – Located 7 miles away in Shabbona, IL, this beautiful state park has very nice picnic areas, hiking trails, great fishing and abundant wildlife.  For more detailed information on the park, please visit their website

HOKA Turkey Farm - Located 2 miles west of Waterman just off of Rt. 30. These turkeys are raised on open ranges at the Kauffman family farm. The turkeys are given a feed which contains corn grown on the farm. They are never fed hormones or antibiotics for growth promotion. The results are a better quality and more flavorful meat. Call 815-264-3470 or visit their website at for more information.

Waterman Winery and Vineyards – Located just an 1/8 of a mile from our orchard, Waterman Winery and Vineyards produces unique DeKalb County white and red wines. The grapes used are varieties suitable for northern Illinois. The 10 acre vineyard includes 30 cultivars, many of which are French-American hybrids. The winery is currently open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Call 815-264-3268 or visit their website at for further information. Stop by for a visit and taste DeKalb County's Sunset Wine. We can personally vouch for the quality