Quig's Orchard prepares for last harvest season
September 28, 2005 (Mundelein, IL) (WLS) -- Pick your own apples" has been a longtime fall tradition in the Chicago area. You get the family together and you head for the nearest orchard. But in recent years the orchards have been falling to the wayside like autumn leaves. Now one more favorite-- Quigs in Mundelein -- is closing at the end of this season.
Apple seasons, like all good things, come to an end. And at Quig's Orchards in Mundelein, the end of 58 seasons is just a few apple picking weeks away. After this season, the Quigs are saying goodbye to a long delicious family history.
"Well, my father and grandfather started it in 1947 ... with the initial intention of becoming a mink farm. ... And, ah, there were already existing apple trees here ... so they figured well, we'll get some extra income in the meantime by selling apples," said Robert Quig.
For over half a century that's what the quigs did -- raise and sell popular eating apples. But now this fall favorite is just about over. A combination of Mother Nature and government has taken a big bite out of the future here.
"Well, basically the bad apple crops lately and, ah, suburban sprawl," said Quig. "Taxes. Yeah, just allot of things went into the decision."
This year's crop is a good one despite the drought and for longtime customers Mary Ann and Patrick Nichol, that's good news. But it's bad news that Quigs is closing.
"I know it's heartbreaking. It's very, very sad," said MaryAnn.
"We had a lot of good times here," said Patrick.
"Well, the orchard area itself has been sold to a developer and the plan is for housing out here, very nice housing," said Quig.
"That's all we need is another subdivision," said Patricks.
But for now Quigs is still open this year down to the last apple.
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