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:

Please check back for 2018 dates.

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.


We had a great day with the Waterman Lions Club here grilling up their pork chop sandwiches, brats and hot dogs.  We appreciate your support of this dedicated organization. Proceeds from the barbeque are used to help fight blindness and diabetes worldwide.


A big "thank you!" to the DeKalb County Cattlemen for coming out to the orchard again this year.  They did a great job and we received great reviews from customers.  Great job, guys!

PUMPKIN HARVEST WEEKEND - Check back for 2018 dates.

We hope you'll come out to help us celebrate Pumpkin Harvest Weekend. It's really a great way to celebrate the Halloween season! We'll have pumpkin pies available in addition to our other varieties and our pumpkins will be specially priced.   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 two 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