In 1965, my dad, Hawken Askelson, decided to plant a few apple trees as a hobby. He had retired from farming, but still had a strong desire to be involved in agriculture at some level. Dad decided that planting a few apple trees to provide fruit for our family would be a great idea. I think my mom, Edna, agreed just to keep him busy and out of the house! Within a few years, the trees were producing more apples than we could possibly use, so Dad set up shop in the garage and Honey Hill Orchard was born. In 1977, my husband, Steve and I joined the business and worked alongside my parents. Mom and Dad retired from the orchard in 1992 and Steve and I took over full time operation. With the help of our three daughters, Lindsay, Stephanie and Brittany, the orchard continued to grow and provide a place for thousands of visitors to enjoy a fall day in the country.
Family continues to be my greatest blessing. Sadly, Steve passed away in 2016, but my daughters and their families are all close by and keep me busy and out of trouble. Lindsay and her husband, Berk Boehne, live in nearby Shabbona with their daughters, Avery and Madison. Lindsay helps Berk with their farming operation and works at the orchard in the fall. Stephanie and her husband, Nate Lamoreux, live in Lanark, IL with their sons, Lleyton and Hawken and daughter, Maren. Stephanie teaches 7th and 8th grade and Nate farms. Brittany and her husband, Shane Richey, live and work at the orchard. Brittany also works part-time as a mammographer and Shane works part-time as an accountant. They have a daughter, Finley Mae, and a new baby boy named Beckett Stephen. The grandbabies definitely keep me on my toes.
Yes, I am truly blessed.
~~Kathy Askelson Bock~~
He will always be a part of Honey Hill Orchard.