Local orchard remains staple in western Illinois

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Camp’s Orchard just outside of Roseville is filled with more than 900 apples trees sitting on 35 acres of land.

Tammy Camp and her husband own the popular apple orchard in Warren County. Camp said she never expected her family’s orchard to become a staple in the community.

“We weren’t going to have an orchard,” Camp said. “Our land was for camping, fishing and hunting. The orchard was here before we bought the land.”

The orchard is nearly 30 years old, but the Camps didn’t buy the land until 2004.

“People started stopping in and asking if we would consider opening up the orchard again,” Camp said.

The orchard is filled with more than 25 varieties of apples such as Arkansas Black, Rome, Honey-Crisp and Jonathans.

The apples are used to make pie, apple butter, apple cider slushees and donuts.

“We pick them all by hand,” Camp said. “If we start running out of donuts, we fire up the fryer and make more donuts.”

Camp said the orchard has something for everyone.

“We try to appeal to a big audience,” Camp said. “We serve a big range of people from kids to the adults.”

Camp’s Orchard is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. through November.

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