Along with pumpkin spice, apple is one of the favorite flavors of fall: apple pie, caramel apples, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters and more. So where do you go to satisfy your apple craving? Here are a few orchards around the state.
In addition to u-pick apples and pumpkins, County Line Orchard offers u-pick sunflowers. They also have live music, a corn maze, a barrel train, a petting zoo, and an observation hive of bees. Shop for everything from apparel to kitchen gadgets in the Gift Loft. Food options abound at the orchard: t mjhe Bakery serves donuts (more than a million each fall), pies, cookies, fudge and bread. The Sweet Shop serves ice cream treats, and the County Line Kitchen serves pizza, sandwiches, chicken and soups and salads. On weekends, they open the County Line Grill for burgers, grilled cheese and other options.
McClure’s is not a self-pick orchard, but they have a number of varieties of apples for sale each season. Visitors can also purchase hard cider and wine, soups and sandwiches, desserts, jellies, homemade apple sauce and more. The property also has an animal barn and playground for children, and pony rides are available for $1 on fall weekends.
Tuttle Orchard has more than 1500 apple trees that visitors can pick from. (Of course, they’re not all in season at the same time.) They also have a pumpkin patch and corn maze. Other activities include a play area for small children, an animal viewing area, wagon rides and observation bee hives. Their café is open Monday-Saturday all year long. On September 14, they will have a Caramel Apple Festival where visitors can build-their-own caramel apples. Fresh apple cider will also be available for sale.
Visitors can pick their own apples or buy them from the Apple Barn at the orchard. Their concession stand features fried biscuits with fresh apple butter and fried apple pies, as well as fresh apple cider, slushies, caramel apples, caramel apple fondue, elephant ears and hot dogs. September 28 and 29 they will host an apple festival craft vendors and lots of food!
Apple Works is not a u-pick venue, but visitors can pick their own pumpkins or choose from 50 different varieties of pre-picked apples. In addition to produce, visitors can buy baking supplies, baked goods (including apple donuts), fudge, jams, jellies and fruit butters at the Apple Works Country Store. They have an ice cream shop that serves apple dumplings ala mode. Check their website for a schedule of live music events.
Jacobs’ Family Orchard is best known for their apple cinnamon donuts and for their apple cider – which tastes different with every batch because they only use the varieties that are currently in season. The orchard has 30 different varieties of apples on 35 acres. Visitors can also enjoy a sunflower trail, a children’s play area, and wagon rides.
For 175 years, seven generations of the Huber family have farmed the property in southern Indiana. Today, they have almost 600 acres of farmland and grow fruits (including blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and apples), vegetables (including corn, green beans, broccoli and peppers), Christmas trees, pumpkins, and grapes. They have both a winery and a distillery on the property as well as a cheese shop, ice cream factory and bakery. Their Family Farm Park includes mazes, playgrounds, slides and pedal karts. It’s worth the drive to southern Indiana to visit Huber’s.
Beiersdorfer Orchard offers eleven varieties of apples as well as peaches (July and August) and pears (October to December). Their website touts their apple and cherry cider.