Jonamac Orchard is Celebrating 30 years in 2014!
Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges.
Corn Maze is open from August 30th through October 31st
Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The maze is also open Labor Day and Columbus Day (Sunday Hours)
Admission $5.00 for children and adults
children under 2 free
Grand Opening weekend for the maze will be Labor Day weekend, August 30th, 31st and September 1st. During the Grand Opening weekend, everyone who finds their way out will receive an Apple Token, good for a ride on the Apple Train or a turn at the Apple Launcher or Apple Cannon.
Annual Scouting Weekend is Sept 6 and 7 with 50% off admission to the maze to all Scouts and their families. Scouts can camp overnight in our parking lot on Saturday Sept 6 and enjoy and after dark hayride and bonfires. There is no charge for overnight camping, for reservations please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Unit number, contact name and estimated number of people.
The Story: This year, our corn maze commemorates the 30th anniversary of Jonamac Orchard. The orchard began in 1984, when Gerald and Mary Lynn McArtor purchased the then 15 acre farm from Stan and Katie Johnson. However, the orchard’s roots go back even farther.
Gerald had started growing apple trees alongside his workshop in Malta as a hobby, while working as a general contractor. He then planted trees at his house selling the apples and custom pressed cider for friends and locals in his barn, calling it the “Red Apple Barn”. McArtor bought the farm on Shabbona Road, and decided to pay homage to the previous owners by calling it “Jonamac Orchard”, a blend of the names Johnson and McArtor, as well as a type of apple grown on the farm.
All sales of apples then moved to Jonamac Orchard, even though McArtor was still growing and maintaining the orchard at his house. With the two orchards combined he had 2,400 trees and almost 20 different varieties. The little business continued to grow and expand to offer more items such as sweet corn, squash, pumpkins, jams, jellies, honey, caramel apples, and donuts.
The orchard has grown immensely over the last 30 years and now has many family friendly activities, more products, and many more apples. Jonamac Orchard has now expanded to over 105 acres, with over 40 varieties on over 12,000 trees. Gerald is still working and taking care of the trees he is so passionate about, but he has spread his passion to the next two generations also now working on the farm.
Gerald’s son, Kevin and his wife Denice McArtor live on the farm with their two sons Max and Jake McArtor, and have been partners in the business for over 20 years. In 2012, Gerald’s granddaughter started working in the business full time, following in his footsteps by helping to manage the apple production with her husband Mike. Mary Lynn also still works regularly in the kitchen baking pies and her signature “Apple Pizzas” available to order in the bakery. We hope you will celebrate 30 wonderful years with us by visiting and trying out this year’s Corn Maze!
Admission is $13 per person
Recommended for ages 13 and up
Flashlights will not be allowed in the Haunted Maze, only glowsticks or pen lights.
In the event of rain we will be closed for the evening.