The calendar claims it's summer, and the high temperatures confirm it. But Nick in the Morning received a reminder Wednesday that autumn is closer than we think. Or maybe desire, depending on your perspective.
Tanners Orchard, located north of Peoria, is to open July 30 for the season. The venerable apple orchard/bakery/market/farm-animal sanctuary along Illinois Route 40 near Speer also is to sport a different look.
The market area of the orchard has been doubled in size, according to a Tanners news release. The expansion includes a new cider-making area and ability for customers to shop in the market at their own pace rather than winding through a designated line.
Additional seating, for those eating lunch, also is part of the expansion, the news release stated. A new kitchen is to be the site of cooking demonstrations.
The expansion includes more work space for Tanners employees. The renovations cost unspecified millions, according to a Tanners publicist.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 28. Two days later, official business hours for 2018 are to begin. Those are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 30-31 and Monday-Saturday in August and November, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in September and October.
We're not crazy about petting llamas or anything, but we do love that Tanners cider — cold, warm or spiked. Maybe the latter in particular, depending on the day.