Fire won't derail Illinois apple farm's fall plans

MARINE, Ill. (KSDK) – Even though the primary building on an Illinois apple farm was destroyed by a fire, the owner says he will welcome guests this fall.

The fire tore through Mills Apple Farm on May 4. Owner Jerry Mills says the market, bakery, cider operation, wreath-making equipment, coolers, walk-in freezer (which contained hundreds of gallons of cider and many apple pies worth of filling) were totally lost.

Mills said he doesn't have insurance – and hasn't for about 10 years.

"I had several losses in a row, and the insurance company canceled me, and replacement insurance was very high and I couldn't afford it," he said.

Mills has plans to rebuild, and is collecting donations to do so online. You can contribute here:

Mills said the trees are fine, and they'll welcome visitors this fall for apple, wagon rides and music no matter what.


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