The Best Place to Pick Apples: Indiana’s County Line Orchard

| October 26, 2009 | 0 Comments


Sure, there are a lot of places to pick apples this time of year.  But for the absolute best apple-picking venue, you have to head east and cross state lines to get to County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana.

Why is County Line the best?  Because it has a little bit of everything fall!  You can ride the tractor-pulled wagon out to pick your choice of apple varieties.  You’ll pass gorgeous orchards and scenic sunflower fields.  You can get off the wagon at the corn maze, which also adjacent to a kids’ play area.  From the corn maze, you could hop on another wagon and go get your pumpkin right off the vine where it grew in the pumpkin patch.

Or, you can find plenty to do in and around County Line’s big red barn.  There’s an entire farm area for kids, featuring climbing goats, baby chicks, the ride-on Moo Choo train, and various other animal friends.  There are bands performing live on the weekends, playing on a festively-decorated stage and setting a generally celebratory mood.  There are plenty of opportunities to see, buy, climb on, and take your picture with all varieties of already-picked pumpkins and gourds.  Want to take a cute family photo?  They have special photo-op areas strewn about, from a big cornucopia your kids can sit in, to those boards where you stick your head in a hole and look like apples or animals.

And oh, the food!  The orchard’s biggest food draw seems to be the apple cider doughnuts, for which customers wait in a fairly sizable line.  (They also sell pumpkin cake doughnuts, which, in my opinion, are superior to the apple ones.)  There’s a separate caramel apple kitchen and a pie stand.  The store sells everything from County Line t-shirts to apple cider to fudge.  Outside in the band area, there is a stand selling ribbon-cut potato chips and steamed sweet potatoes.  There are two restaurants that sell meal-type foods. Various places sell Kettle Korn and apple cider.

The whole place just has a great autumnal feel to it.  My family has made County Line Orchard an annual fall tradition, and I hope yours does, too!

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Joining Shannon Capanna in Home Sweet Homewood are her professor husband, toddler son, and giant cat. Career-wise, Shannon worked as an elementary school teacher for three years before becoming an editor for math textbooks. She quit that job to try to achieve that elusive work-life balance, and she is now trying to cobble together some kind of career as a writer, editor, and mom. Shannon enjoys swimming, watching quality television, and cat-watching.She also blogs at Chicago Moms Blog, and at her personal site, Boringtown's Closed.

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