Fall means harvest season and Hendricks County has a bevy of farms and orchards to visit

What better way to get into the harvest season by visiting local farms and orchards that are local here in Hendricks County and around Central Indiana.

Farms and Orchards in Hendricks County

Beasley’s Orchard

2304 E Main St, Danville

Beasley’s Orchard u-pick apple orchard opens on September 1st. There is no price for admission for the orchard on non-festival days. There will be admission pricing for the weekends beginning September 16. Beasleys Orchard will be honoring first responders on September 23 and 24 with their Hometown Heroes weekend, where the orchard will be offering free admission to first responders and 50% off admission to their immediate family members. This is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to first responders. The Heartland Apple Festival will take place the weekend of September 30 and October 1 and of October 7 and 8. During these weekends there will be live music, puppet shows, pony rides, and more. There is a special weekend where you can bring your dog to the orchard. During Dog Days at the Maze October 14 and 15 there will be activities for your pet including pet costume contests, pet talent shows, and all dogs to are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes! Local animal rescue groups are in attendance with adoptable dogs looking for forever homes. 50% of our corn maze proceeds are donated to the rescue groups in attendance. The final two weekends of October are “Halloweekends” at Beasley’s Orchard where there will be kid’s costume contests, family pumpkin carving contests and candy will be distributed to children there. Make sure you stop by the market located inside the barn for fresh produce, freshly baked goods, candy and of course apple cider slushies!

Back Forty Farm and General Store

8418 N. Co. Rd. 650 E, Brownsburg

Explore the u pick flower fields at the Back Forty Farm and General Store in Brownsburg. The flower farm offers free admission and charges $1 per stem picked. The General Store offers handmade gifts, farm themed items, snacks, drinks, sweet treats and candies. Check their social media for updates on the farm.

Hogan Farms

8900 E County Road 1000 N, Brownsburg

Hogan Farms will open for the season on September 29 through October 29. Visit the farm and pumpkin patch this fall season on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2 to 6pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. During the weekend you can also enjoy vendors. An updated list of admission prices and activities will be posted on their website closer to opening.

Nehemiah Ranch

1420 N County Road 600 E, Avon

Attend the Fall Festival at Nehemiah Ranch on October 7, 14 and 21 from 6 to 9pm where you can enjoy live entertainment, hayrides, hotdogs, s’mores, hot chocolate, fire pit, games, and a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Other Farms and Orchards to visit in Central Indiana

Anderson Orchard

369 East Greencastle Road, Mooresville, IN

Anderson Orchard in Mooresville offers u-pick produce, the Apple Barn Market, a pumpkin patch, a kids play area and a concession stand. Enjoy special events at the orchard including live music, a petting zoo, the Orchard Dash, and the Apple Festival and Craft Fair. The Apple Festival and Craft Fair on September 30 and October 1 will include concessions, food and over 90 vendors. The fall orchard hours are 8am to 8pm with the last entry in the u-pick fields at 7:30. There is no admission fee to enjoy Anderson Orchard.

Dull’s Tree Farm and Pumpkin Harvest

1765 W Blubaugh Ave, Thorntown

Dull’s Tree Farm and Pumpkin Harvest will begin September 23 through October 29 and will feature 45 activities at the farm including Ropes Range, ball zone, big slides, hayride, pumpkin patch, corn maze, barrel train rides, small zip line, slingshots, farm animals, barnyard bouncers, and more!! Admission for 2 and under are free and general admission varies for peak and non-peak weekends. General admission also includes a coupon to enjoy either one round on the Country Air Cannons, one Pumpkin Decorating, one face painting, or $2 off to be redeemed at the Feed Bunk, Grill, Drink Station, or Sugar Shack. Admission prices are $2 cheaper when purchasing online.

Kelsay Farms

6848 N. County Road 250 E, Whiteland

Kelsay Farms is a 6-generation farm that is open seasonally and from September 29 to October 29 come celebrate 17 years of fall fun at the farm. General admission is $12 for ages 2 and up and children 23 months and under are free. The farm features a 7-acre Corn Maze, Scavenger Hunt, Hayrides, Jump Pad, Baby Barnyard, Bale Mountain, Corn Crib Play Area, Hop Dots, Funky Pumpkin, Right Turn Only maze, Cornhole Games, Straw Play Area, Pumpkins and the Moo Choo Express. 

Lark Ranch

1611 N Meridian Rd, Greenfield

Lark Ranch is open seasonally on weekends (and 3 weekdays in October) from September 23 to October 29. There is an admission price of $15 for non- weekends and $18 on peak weekends. Lark Ranch features a pumpkin patch, carnival rides, children’s play area, corn maze and other family activities.

Russell Farms

12290 E. 191st Street, Noblesville

Russell Farms is a pumpkin patch in Noblesville that is open seasonally from September 23 to the end of October. There is no admission fee for the pre picked pumpkins, gourds, and straw or to visit the country store (where you can shop fall decorations, fudge, apple butter, toys, candles, clothing, candy, apple cider, and much more!)  On weekends, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6pm, general admission is $15 and certain weekdays in October, from 1 to 4pm, general admission is $12.50 (certain activities may not be available at that time), children two and younger are always free and there is a special $8 admission for Veterans, active military members (for individual with ID only) and for seniors 65 and over. Admission includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, 2 corn mazes, 18-hole miniature golf, jumping pillow, bounce houses, train ride, fun games, rides and play areas.

Spencer Farm

7177 E 161st Street, Noblesville

Spencer Farm is a u-pick farm in Noblesville. There is no price for admission or parking, just pay for what you pick. The pumpkin patch will open on September16 and there will also be free tractor rides to the patch.

Stuckey Farm Market

19975 Hamilton Boone Rd, Sheridan 9:30 to 1 golden retriever puppies sunflower 9 to 7 1 to 5

Stuckey Farm market features 37 varieties of apples on their 40-acre u pick orchard. There is no admission fee to enter the orchard (bags for the apples are $6 for 1/4 peck, $10 for a half peck and $17 for a full peck), the country market (a shop filled with fresh produce, honey, jellies, apple cider, apple cider donuts and gifts) or snack barn. This fall season, Stuckey Farm Market will be offering themed events. Starting September 1st enjoy the Sunflower Festival that will feature the 7-acre sunflower field (one sunflower stem clipping is included with admission), tractor rides, corn maze, and local vendors. The Sunflower Festival will take place September 1-4, and the 9 and 10th After the last weekend of the sunflower festival the area will be mowed down for apple cannons. Then September 16 to October 29, enjoy the harvest festival which will feature themed weeks of Back-to-School Week, Apple Week, Cider Week, Pumpkin Week (the pumpkin patch opens this weekend), Antique Tractor Week, Frontier Week and Nightmare Before Christmas Market. Admission to the festivals, include access to the corn maze, Adventure Acres a play area with a 60-foot slide (opens September 16) and themed activities. On the weekends, admission is $15, and weekdays is $7 (no tractor rides) and children under 2 are free.  

Tuttle Orchards

5717 N 300 W, Greenfield

Tuttle Orchards in Greenfield is a fourth-generation family owned and operated farm that offers a year-round market with over 2000 products and top-quality produce that grows on the 200-acre farm and greenhouses. Also on site is a café that serves up farm- to- table meals and treats. During the fall enjoy apple picking at the orchard, u-pick wildflower field, a corn maze, wagon rides, farm animals, a pumpkin patch and Tractor Town kids play area. On Saturday September 9 and 16, Tuttle Orchards will be having a Caramel Apple Festival. There will be a special caramel apple bar where you can build your own caramel apple and hidden around the orchard there will be 25 free caramel apple coupons. There are separate fees to experience the corn field, wagon rides and the Tractor Town Kids play area and combo passes and season passes are available for purchase. There is no charge for parking, the apple orchard, pumpkin patch or u-pick flower field.

Waterman’s Family Farm

7010 E Raymond St, Indianapolis (main location)

Waterman’s Family Farm offers seasonal you pick produce (check their website for crop information) and a market store that sells fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, jams, preserves, Amish popcorn, jarred goods, baking mixes, sauces, candy and more. Outside the market is the Little Kitchen, a kiosk that offers fresh cider and baked goods. During the fall, Waterman’s Family Farm has a Fall Harvest Festival from September 30 to October 31 that features a lot of family friendly activities, a pumpkin chomping dino, a corn maze, straw maze, train rides, tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, tractor tire mountain slide, human hamster wheels and plenty of food options. The price of admission is $13 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, 2 and under are free and the festival takes place Tuesday through Sunday.

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