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Apple-Picking and Pumpkin Patches

Farms and Orchards Offer Fall Family Fun

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Apple-Picking and Pumpkin Patches

You'll find pumpkins galore at Tuttle's Orchard.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Roney
Fall is the perfect time to escape city life and head out to one of the surrounding farms and orchards to celebrate the bounty of a Hoosier harvest. Feast on caramel apples and cider, take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to hand-pick your personal favorite, or browse a country store for the freshest fall produce and gourmet foods. Following are a few suggestions:

Tuttle Orchards
5717 North 300 West
Greenfield, IN
Located 15 miles east of downtown Indy in Hancock County

Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sundays.

A fourth-generation family farm, Tuttle’s has been serving the apple, flower, and vegetable needs of the Indianapolis area since 1928. The Farm Store is now offering caramel apples, fresh-made cider, apple butter, and fudge, in addition to a variety of homegrown produce. Check out the fall mums, ornamental cabbage, and kale in the greenhouse, along with perennials and roses. Also for sale is a wide variety of fall decorations, including straw bales, cut cornstalk bundles, gourds, large squash, Indiana corn, pumpkins of all sizes, and fall wreaths.

Fall is a particularly busy season at Tuttle’s, with many special events taking place:

  • U-Pick Apples: Bags and red wagons provided; call for available varieties; 75 cents per pound.
  • Agrimaze: A 3 1/2-acre corn maze focusing on Tuttle’s history; $2.00 per person ages 4 and up, under age 4 free.
  • Kids' Play Area: Features a sunflower maze, straw maze, large bale of straw to climb on, tractors to ride, a jungle gym, swing set, sandbox, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $2.00 per child ages 2 and up, under age 2 free.
  • Photo Contest: Enter your own Tuttle’s photos for a chance to win prizes in the orchard’s contest, “80 Years of the Tuttle’s Experience.”
  • U-Pick Pumpkins: Oct. 1-31; walk out into the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins; wagons provided; priced from $1.50 to $8.50, according to pumpkin diameter.
  • Observation Bee Hive: See honeybees in action as they work behind glass in a beehive, and learn about the role honeybees play in pollinating apples, pumpkins, and other vegetables.
  • Food Stand: On Saturdays from Sept. 20 to Oct. 18, a food stand will feature hot dogs, bratwursts, roasted corn, chips, and more.
  • Hayrides: On Saturdays from Oct. 4-25, weather permitting, take a ride around the farm in a hay-filled trailer; $2.00 per person ages 2 and up, under age 2 free.

Anderson Orchard
369 East Greencastle Rd.
Mooresville, IN
Located 2 miles west of Mooresville on Main Street
Phone: (317) 831-4181

Hours: Open at 8 a.m. 7 days a week until close of season, usually just before Thanksgiving. Closing time varies.

Anderson Orchard was started by Paul and Carolyn Anderson in 1969. It has grown to 150 acres of apples, raspberries, nuts, pumpkins, peaches, pears, and plums. Fresh produce, cider, and a variety of other items can be bought in the orchard’s onsite retail store. Customers also have the option of picking several types of produce themselves.

The following are available for U-Pick during the fall:

  • Apples: Available every day in several favorite varieties. All sizes of bags are provided.
  • Red Raspberries: The picking season for these juicy berries begins in mid-August and can last until the first freeze. Buckets are provided for picking, and containers are provided for taking your berries home.
  • Pumpkins: The pumpkin patch opens the last week of September.
  • Chestnuts: Though typically ready to pick sometime during the fall, the exact dates are unpredictable. Call before you go.

Other fall features at Anderson Orchard are:

  • Concession Stand: Open Saturdays and Sundays in September and October from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or until dark, whichever comes first. Offerings include caramel apples, apple cider and cider slush, elephant ears, fried biscuits with homemade apple butter, fried apple pies, and hot dogs.
  • Apple Festival & Craft Fair: Sept. 27-28, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. or until dark, whichever comes first; crafter tents featuring more than 50 crafters open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stonycreek Farm
11366 State Road 38 East
Noblesville, IN
Phone: (317) 773-3344
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays by appointment; Special events hours listed below

Fall is a very special season at Stonycreek Farm, situated on 50 acres of rolling farmland and woods in Noblesville. This year will mark the 36th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival, which will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 31, 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can take a hayride through the woods to pick their own pumpkins, shop for fall and Christmas decorations in the gift shop, and join in the following activities:

  • Haunted House: $2.00
  • Fantastic Kiddiepillar: A giant, inflated caterpillar; $1.00
  • Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch: $1.00, children 2 and under free
  • Straw Pile, Farm Animals, and Playground: Free fun

Additional, weekend-only activities include:

  • Candle Making: $1.00
  • Cob Cannon or High Striker: $1.00 (3 tries)
  • Gourd Sling Shot: $2.00 (3 tries)
  • Pumpkin Train: For children under age 10; $2.00
  • Extended (30-minute) Hayrides: Scheduled for 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; $5.00
  • Entertainers: Balloon lady, face painter/tattoos, caricaturist, blacksmith
  • Pony Rides

Adrian Orchards
500 West Epler Ave.
Indianapolis
E-mail: adrianorchards@aol.com
Phone: (317) 784-0550

Hours: Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m.

A family-owned business celebrating its 83rd year, Adrian Orchards specializes in growing fresh fruit and making unpasteurized apple cider. Jams, jellies, preserves, and many gourmet food items are for sale in the orchard’s quaint “barn,” including apples and frozen cider and slush.

Special Event - Harvest Fest: On Oct. 11-12, vendors offering baked goods, other foods, crafts, and more will display their wares; plus, on Saturday, visiting nurses will be on hand to administer flu and pneumonia shots for a nominal fee.

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