Published September 1, 2019
It’s apple season! We’re so fortunate here in Indiana to be surrounded by local orchards that grow a wide variety of these tasty treats and many places that offer a day of farm themed activities that go beyond picking the most perfect apple ever off the tree. Tractor rides, corn mazes, aisles of trees for U-picks and even fresh baked apple delicacies mean you can plan an afternoon full of apple fun.
Here are a few orchards you may want to try out as the weather starts to turn and the summer activities come to an end.
Anderson Orchard, Mooresville
Celebrating 50 years, this orchard has a lot of experience in offering family fun. Check out the Apple Barn for apples and other fresh produce as well as baked goods such as fried biscuits with apple butter.
Tuttle Orchard, Greenfield
Explore a 4 acre corn maze and cut your own sunflowers at this exciting family destination. The little ones will love Tractor Town after doing a little apple picking. There’s something for all ages to love on their Fall calendar.
Beasley’s Orchard, Danville
What could be more fun than picking apples or climbing on a hayride? Try launching apples through the Apple Cannon! With 21 apple varieties and over 4,000 trees you’ll find the perfect apple for eating….or launching.
Stuckey’s Farm Orchard and Cider Mill, Sheridan
Grab a warm cider donut and head out to the pig races or the pumpkin patch at this northside favorite. The market has a great selection of pre-picked apples if you don’t want to pick your own and the kids will enjoy watching the bees in the live honeycomb.
The Apple Works, Trafalgar
There’s no U-Pick available here which leaves you with more time to visit with the barnyard animals, take a slide down the enormous barn slide or enjoy a slice or two of apple pie. Picnic areas for visitors are available so pack a little lunch and get ready for a great day with the kids!
Now that you have your apples it’s time to get in the kitchen and make the most of them. Apples continue to ripen if left out at room temperature so to keep them fresh longer store them in the fridge in a plastic bag with a few holes poked through or cover them in the crisper drawer with a damp paper towel. Happy munching!