Our orchard

Jeff and Lisa Broom invite you and your family to come and experience our orchard. We are located in Carlinville, Illinois. Our goal is to provide customers with top-quality fruit that is freshly picked, along with a family-friendly atmosphere.

Our Farm Market is open July thru December. This is where we sell our fresh peaches, apples, blackberries, nectarines, plums, pears and pumpkins when in season. The market is also stocked with Amish-made apple butter, Illinois honey, popcorn, preserves, butters and all fruit spreads.  Don’t forget our award winning sweet cider, too! 

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2021 Harvest Schedule

Dates updated 6/24/2021

PEACHES
Red Haven…3rd week of July
White Lady…4th week of July
Coral Star…1st week of August
July Prince…2nd week of August
Crest Haven…3rd week of August
Red Skin…3rd week of August
Autumn Star…4th week of August
Macoupin…4th week of August

BLACKBERRIES
3rd week of July

NECTARINES
Summer Beaut…3rd week of July
Sunglo… 1st week of August

PLUMS
Red Heart…1st week of August
Italian Blue… 4th week of August

PEARS
Bartlett…4th week of August
Asian…1st week of October

APPLES
Zestar…2nd week of August
Paula Red… 3rd week of August
Ginger Gold…3rd week of August
Gala… 4th week of August
Honey Crisp… 4th week of August
Jonathan… 1st week of September
Cortland… 1st week of September
Ambrosia… 2nd week of September
Empire… 2nd week of September
Golden Delicious… 2nd week of September
Red Delicious… 3rd week of September
Ida Red… 4th week of September
Jonagold… 4th week of September
Cameo… 4th week of September
Mutsu… 1st week of October
Winesap… 1st week of October
Fuji… 1st week of October
Braeburn… 1st week of October
Granny Smith… 2nd week of October
Scarlet Beauty… 2nd week of October

SWEET CIDER
1st week of September

PICK-YOUR-OWN

Broom Orchard offers pick-your-own apples starting approximately Labor Day. Pick-your-own apples are available for the same price as picked apples. There is no charge for going out to the orchard. Not all varieties are available for pick-your-own. Please call ahead for the latest information.

We do not offer pick-your-own peaches. All peaches are freshly picked daily on our orchard.

HOME GROWERS

We are frequently asked a lot of questions about how home growers can take care of their trees. We advise all home growers to contact their County’s U of I extension office.

Orchard Events

Apple Festival
Broom Orchard is celebrating their 39th annual Apple Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th from 9 am to 6 pm each day. 

Pumpkin Festival
Broom Orchard is celebrating their 31th annual Pumpkin Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th from 9 am to 6 pm each day.

For festival information, contact Lisa, 217-854-3514 or contact us.

Please note there is no admission fee to park or enjoy the orchard facilities.
We also offer a playground area and a corn maze when in season for no additional charge.

Orchard History

The Carlinville Orchard, consisting of 123 acres, was established in 1920 by Leonard Sooy. The orchard remained in the Sooy family until 1968 when it was purchased by William and Joan Broom. William’s father, William Stanford Broom, started growing apples in Marion County in 1920. We are the third generation of apple growers!

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The orchard was increased by five acres in 1972 to bring the total acreage to 128 acres. Presently, there are approximately 70 acres in fruit production. In the late 1970s, the emphasis was changed to retail apples sales. A cider press was purchased in 1980 to produce our locally owned cider.  In 1982, the Apple Festival was created to promote you-pick-apples and our retail market. In 1990, the Pumpkin Festival was started to promote pumpkins and a family-friendly atmosphere. In 1995, William and Joan sold the orchard to their son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lisa Broom. Jeff and Lisa built a new retail Farm Market as of 1995.

A pasteurizer was purchased in 1997. We use a process called “flash pasteurization” where the cider is brought to 160 degrees for eight to ten seconds to insure great-tasting safe cider.

In 2001, the 65-year-old packing shed was eliminated. A new pole barn was constructed with new coolers, office and storage. We invite you and your family to come and experience our Festivals and Farm Market where your business is always appreciated!

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