It’s that time of the year again! Slight chill in the air, kids back in school, football games, tailgating…and a nostalgic trip to the local apple orchard to pick some pumpkins, apples, take a hayride, and devour those warm, freshly made donuts and cider.
Here’s a list of 13 fall fun farms around Indianapolis:
- Beasleys Orchard– OPEN
Beasley’s Orchard began in 1946 when Milton and Irene Beasley purchased the farm. They raised livestock (hogs, cattle, and chickens) and grain. The family, which included three children, Shirley, Sharon and John, also enjoyed gardening and tending a small apple orchard.
One year, an overabundant garden prompted sales out of young John’s little red wagon, which was set up next to the nearest road, US 36. Over the years, the family business evolved from that first sale of tomatoes! Crops that are now produced each year for wholesale and retail sales include apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, and pumpkins. The barn that houses the market was built shortly after the Civil War, using classic peg and beam construction. It has been used for every aspect of farming, including: hay storage, dairying, pork and poultry production, horses, and now a retail market, apple packing, and cider mill.
Special features of the farm include the “Heartland Apple Festival”, held the first two weekends in October, and a U-pick pumpkin patch accessible by hayrides every weekend in October. Customized fruit baskets and shipping boxes are available throughout the holiday season.
- Anderson Orchard– OPEN
Anderson Orchard offers a number of attractions and activities for everyone. Visit their Apple Barn to purchase fresh fruits and vegetable, butters and preserves, as well as other products. Their concession stand, open on weekends in September and October, offers fresh apple cider, hot dogs, caramel apples, and other treats. Each September they have a two-day Apple Festival with food, concessions, and craft artists. They stage a kid-friendly October Fest with food vendors and children’s activities, including a petting zoo and face painting. Hayrides are offered on October weekends and during fall break. Children’s activities include a straw pile, swings, playground, and education center.
- Adrian Orchards– OPEN
The Orchard Nearest the Heart of Indianapolis since 1925! Celebrating over 90 years of serving the greater Indianapolis area! Established in 1925 by George and Edith Adrian and currently in its 3rd generation of family ownership, Adrian Orchards is still the “Orchard nearest the Heart of Indianapolis” and home to the Guinness record holder for “World’s Fastest Apple Picker” George J. Adrian. Currently owned and operated by George J. & Monika Adrian, Adrian Orchards is still providing the Crossroads of America with the finest apples, peaches, cider, and more for more than 90 years and counting!
- The Apple Works– OPEN
The Apple Works offers a remote, very rural location near the border of Johnson and Brown Counties. Nestled on gently rolling hills dotted with ponds and pockets of woods, the farm is a destination away from the fast pace of today and will hopefully prove to be a relaxing, country experience for all. No matter what the occasion, from field trips to birthday parties or just stopping by on the way home, The Apple Works hopes to make a worthy memory for you at their farm.
- Pleasant View Orchard– OPEN
Pleasant View Orchard is family owned and operated. The 40–acre apple orchard was started in the 1930s and is now owned by the Kemper family. Pleasant View Orchard grows over 20 varieties of apples in the orchard. Customers can pick their own apples or purchase pre-picked apples in their retail store. They offer an assortment of preserves, apple butter, fresh produce, apple cider, apple cider slush, and caramel apples. The concession area is open on the weekends during the months of July, August, and November and every day during the months of September and October, serving many delicious treats, including homemade hot apple cobbler a-la-mode and fried biscuits with apple butter. Beginning usually around the last weekend in September, they have a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and offer tractor-pulled wagon rides to the pumpkin patch on the weekends. There is also a playground for the kids. There’s something for the whole family!
- Stuckey Farm– OPEN
Whether you’re looking for Indiana’s tastiest apples and cider, or simply a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, come to Stuckey Farm!
They’re a working orchard and farm that welcomes visitors from all over. Come and pick 27 different varieties of apples from their 4,000 trees, take a wagon ride through the orchard, watch them press cider, eat in the covered picnic area, or browse through a Country Market full of in-season Indiana produce, honey, jellies, gifts, and, of course, Indiana’s tastiest apples and cider. They have 15 acres of the plumpest pumpkins!
Stuckey Farm Harvest Festival
If you’ve ever been to any of their Harvest Festival weekends at Stuckey Farm, you know it’s a great place to bring family and friends to enjoy everything that fall in central Indiana has to offer. This year, they have even more happening at the farm.
The Stuckey Farm Harvest Festival runs each Saturday and Sunday from September 16th through October 22nd. Each weekend they have a special theme. Stuckey Farm is a warm, friendly place that’s open from July until Thanksgiving. Come see them today!
- Tuttle Orchards– September 1st
Many Indianapolis families make apple picking and pumpkin picking at Tuttle Orchards a part of their annual traditions. They also enjoy the corn maze, tractor town, and fall treats and shopping during their visit.
Over 1500 apple trees for picking! – Sep 1 – Mid October. Varieties vary.
Tractor Town Adventure Farm has lots of farm fun for the little ones. – Sep 1-Oct 31. Ages 2-10.
Family friendly 4-acre maze. – Sep 8-Oct 31.
Over 20 acres of pumpkins.- Sep 22-Oct 31, 2018
- Whiteland Orchard– September
The Whiteland Orchard is nestled in rural south central Indiana on a 30-acre family farm which grows apples of many varieties, including Jonathan, Fuji, and Golden Delicious. Visit “Our Farm Market” in Whiteland, Indiana to shop for apples, apple cider, Johnson County yellow popcorn, bulk garden seeds, pure local honey, Marion-Kay spices from Brownstown, Indiana, and canning supplies.
- Waterman’s Family Farm– September 29th
Down on the Farm Fun at Waterman’s! Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and choose from acres of pumpkins. Other family fun activities at Waterman’s Family Farm:
– Family Cornfield & Straw Bale Mazes
– Straw “Mountain”
– Exotic animal interactive experience, including bird display (fee for animal food)
– Best Fun Party Rental Bounce Houses (TWO!)
– Combine Slide & Tire Annie
– Spinning Pumpkin
– Live music (Sat & Sun only)
– Create your own SCARECROW for only $15 at the Scarecrow Factory!
- Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze– September 28th
A pumpkin waiting for harvest started as a seed; their community’s the same. Hogan Farms Pumpkin patch & Corn Maze in Brownsburg, IN gives community members a place to come together and celebrate the fall with a hayride, corn maze, U-pick pumpkin patch, and a petting Zoo. They look forward to seeing you this fall!
- Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch–September 29th
The Russell family has owned this farm land for over 50 years, utilizing the ground for such operations as a dairy farm, pig farm, miniature horse farm and raising such crops as corn, beans, wheat, and oats. The pumpkin patch began in 2002. The popularity continues to grow, prompting the Russells to expand each year for educational school tours and field trips. With several years of experience in all areas of farm life, the family has been able to share their knowledge with groups and families interested in learning more about agriculture and this diminishing culture.
- Dull’s Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch– September 29th
The Fall season consists of u-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, and many other entertaining activities for people to enjoy. Their fall season, known as Dulls’ Pumpkin Harvest, officially started in 2014 and has provided many families and school children with engaging fall fun and education on the farm during the month of October.
Head out to the farm to take in the fresh, country air and explore our pumpkin patch filled with plump, orange pumpkins ready for the picking! The pumpkins grow in all shapes and sizes and make a great addition to any fall decor. Dull pumpkins are not only wonderful for displaying and carving, but they are also great for making homemade pies and pastries. Don’t forget to stop by their gift shop for all of your fall supplies!
- Priebe Pumpkin Patch– Opening day is Saturday, September 29th for the 2018 season!
Priebe Pumpkin Patch is owned by Kevin and LaDawn Priebe. LaDawn’s grandfather, John Howden, grew pumpkins for 30 years on his farm in Massachusetts. He developed and patented two pumpkin seeds that became very popular out East: the Howden and the Howden Biggie. John sent LaDawn and Kevin seeds in 1997 and they planted a few. That year, they invited their daughter’s preschool class for a hayride around their property. Unaware of what they were creating, the idea of a pumpkin patch expanded from there. The next year, they grew a few more pumpkins and a few more preschool classes came to visit. Within a few years Priebe Pumpkin Patch was officially established. Each October, families from Montgomery County and surrounding areas continue their annual traditions of visiting the pumpkin patch.
What’s your favorite fall fun activity to do with the family? Don’t see a farm on the list? We’d love to hear more of your favorites!