Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Tanners charge admission?
We would like to address the comments we’ve received from guests who have voiced concerns over the prices of our admission charges. We hope to answer your questions and explain the reasons why we feel we are charging a fair value for the experience we offer you and your family.
At Tanners Orchard, our family works to provide you with a clean, family-friendly destination. From apple picking to pony rides, we strive to provide a unique experience that you and your family can remember for years to come. With the prices behind our admission, you help make this possible.
When you pay entrance fees, Tanners reinvests that money back into the farm. The money we receive gets reinvested into our orchard and business, helping to prepare the land, care for the crops and pay wages for our employees. The money we receive from entrance fees also helps pay the costs associated with the upkeep of equipment and buildings.
Offering U-Pick for our guests is a much more expensive and labor-intensive way to farm compared to wholesaling fruit and vegetables. We have to acquire staff to drive the tractors, maintain the fields and assist customers in the U-Pick. There is an abundance of waste in the fields once the U-Pick season gets underway, with fruit that gets missed and ends up rotting, fruit that is stepped on or picked before it is ripe and then thrown out, as well as a large amount of fruit that is eaten in the orchard. With your aid, we can hire the staff necessary to keep our orchard clean and maintained. Also, your contribution ensures our activity attendants, maintenance workers, and general workers can assist you to create the perfect day for you and your family.
We understand that memories are made here and beautiful family photos are taken. Our only wish is to keep providing the backdrop to the moments you share with your family and friends. It is our hope we can continue to do so for years to come, and your aid is what keeps this dream alive for our future generations.
We know it isn’t always easy to understand the reason behind our prices, but we guarantee that your assistance helps keep our family-owned farm running. Your dollars are supporting healthy produce and locally based wages. In turn, you are helping to build the community we’ve grown to know and care for. Together, we can create a beautiful picture of family, friends, and love. Thank you for your understanding and continued patronage.
Can cider be frozen?
Yes, for up to a year. Be sure and remove 1-2 cups from each gallon before freezing.
How long can cider be stored in the refrigerator?
Cider may be kept in the refrigerator after purchase for two weeks.
What are the ingredients in Tanners cider?
Our cider is just the natural juice from a selected blend of Tanners special apples. A preservative is added to our cider to prevent fermentation. There is no sugar added to Tanners cider.
How long will squash keep?
Keep squash in a dry cool place and they will keep for about a month to six weeks
Questions about school tours?
School tours are scheduled Monday through Friday during September and October. Cost is $5.00 per person for students and adults. Tours will last approximately 1 hour and include a ride on a wagon through the orchard, a visit to the animal barn, a tour of the packing shed and time to be on the playground. Also, each person will receive two apples or one gourd (based on availability), a cider sample, a cider donut and a coloring book. Each classroom teacher will receive an educational packet to take back to the classroom. A picnic area is available for groups bringing their own lunch.
What apple do you recommend for pies?
Golden Delicious or Jonagold for a sweeter pie. Jonathan for a tart pie.
What apple holds its shape in a pie?
All varieties except McIntosh. We do not recommend Red Delicious for cooking.
What apple is good for applesauce?
Jonagold, Cortland and Early Gold. Jonathan, for pink tart sauce; Golden Delicious or McIntosh for sweeter sauce; a combination of Golden Delicious and Jonagold for a smooth, thick applesauce.
What is a good soft apple?
Where is Tanner’s Orchard?
Tanners Orchard is approximately 20 miles north of Peoria on Route 40 at the south junction of Route 17 and 40. Our orchard is also 30 miles south of I-80 Exit #45 on State Route 40 and 30 miles west of I-39 exit #35 on State Route 17.
What is a good tart apple?
Cortland, Jonathan, Braeburn, Gold Rush
What are Festival Days?
Festival Days include every Saturday and Sunday in September and October as well as Labor Day and Columbus Day weekend (October 6-9).
What forms of payment are accepted at Tanners?
Cash, personal check, Mastercard, Visa and Discover