In 1957 the Wilkens Family moved to Woodstock and started growing corn and soybeans. They did this successfully for 34 years. In 1989, James and Sue Hong purchased the land from the Wilkens family and their first apple trees were planted soon after. Unfortunately, these trees did not fare well so James decided to attend Kellogg Apple School at Michigan State University. Equipped with more knowledge, in 1993, the Hongs planted 3,000 apple trees and 4,000 more the following year. Their perseverance paid off as these trees flourished and created the foundation for the more than 10,000 apple tree orchard that you see now.
Today the orchard has grown to include a pumpkin patch, corn maze and various farm fun activities and amusements. Each year visitors stop by the orchard with their families and loved ones to create lasting memories together. It has been a privilege to welcome these visitors and we are honored to be a part of their family traditions. Former owner, Eleanor Wilkens still visits the orchard every year. She states, “It is a joy to see this new generation use the land for various uses.”