About a mile and a half from Boyk Law’s Holland office, is one of our favorite places to visit in autumn. For many families in Northwest Ohio, the onset of fall means a trip to Mac Queen Orchards. It is a great place to spend a day with your family and friends, picking apples, and pumpkins, taking some photos in the orchard, and topping it off with a cup of cider and a warm doughnut.
It was founded in 1936 by the late Hugh and Martha Mac Queen. They raised hogs and cattle and they sold bushels of apples at a roadside stand. The Mac Queens planted apple trees on 10 of the farm’s original 25 acres and began selling apples to area fruit stands and markets. Their son Robert and his wife Marlene took over and operated th farm for 65 years. Robert passed away in 2013, but his children and grandchildren are continuing the family business into its 4th generation.
The Mac Queen farm has grown over the years to include a retail store and bakery that is open year-round, making delicious bread, pies, and doughnuts. Mac Queen’s has their own Cider Mill and also operates a Christmas shop and Martha’s Gift Shop and Boutique on-site.
Mac Queens Orchards now includes over 200 acres of apples, 12 acres of peaches, and 4 acres of pumpkins. They grow 16 varieties of apples and 10 varieties of peaches. They also sell locally grown vegetables year-round.
You can pick your own apples in their orchards from mid-September until the third week of October if the crop and weather conditions are favorable. You can also drive your own vehicle into the orchard during certain times in the fall.
Mac Queen’s Orchards hosts its Apple Butter Celebration on October 7th & 8th. Visitors can pick their own apples and pumpkins. They’ll have live entertainment, barrel train and pony rides, a carousel, a petting zoo, and new this year, a corn maze.
Mac Queens is located at and is open 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. May-Oct, and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Nov-April. For more information visit www.macqueenorchards.com