By Lindsey Skeen
Most people get spring fever after a long cold winter; I on the other hand, get fall fever after a long hot summer. I long for the days of chilly mornings, leaves crackling under my feet, and the taste and smells of fall that awaken my soul.
I have to say we have enjoyed the homegrown fruit and vegetables this summer. The fact that harvest is around the corner reminds me that taking my three boys to apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes are some of our favorite things to do. Experiencing the magic of apple and pumpkin u-picks are always at the top of our to-do list.
As fall quickly approaches, be sure to check out Indiana Foodways Alliance’s Homegrown Trail which highlights the true meaning of Farm to Table concept. Many of the locations even have their own restaurants and shops where you can buy fresh baked goods made with the local produce. Here are some fun things to do this fall on the Indiana Foodways Alliance’s Home Grown Culinary Trail.
There is nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a juicy, ripe apple right off the tree. Apple Hill Orchard located 7 miles North of Vincennes, IN features more than 40 different varieties of apples. Don’t forget to try something from their full service bakery and pair it with their award-winning apple cider. http://applehillorchard.webs.com/
Prairie Acres Restaurant and Farm Market, also in Knox County, is a charming farm market that features a variety of watermelons and other locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stop in for Breakfast or Lunch Monday – Friday or just breakfast on Saturday. For more information on this quaint restaurant and farm market visit http://prairieacres.net/
Indiana Foodways Alliance is featuring Apple Hill Orchard and Prairie Acres in their most recent Facebook contest. Sign up to win a $20 Gift Certificate from Prairie Acres and Free Pie up to $10.99 from Apple Hill Orchard. Sponsored by the Vincennes/Knox County CVB. Enter to win here http://bit.ly/1tKKMjf
The Apple Dumplin’ Inn at McClure’s Orchard, Peru, allows you to experience everything from apple dumplings, apple picking, hard cider and more! Sampling the award winning wines and hard ciders is a must do this fall. With more than 16 different kinds of cider you are sure to find your personal favorite. http://www.mccluresorchard.com/apple-dumplin-inn.html
240Sweet Artisan Marshmallows, Columbus, IN are a perfect match to complete your S’mores. 240Sweet’s Fleur de Sel S’mores recipe will satisfy your Fall S’more craving. They use Maldon Sea Salt and Chef Alexa’s own caramel in the Salty Caramel Twist Puff. The addition of crunchy graham crackers and dark chocolate makes for a delectable treat. Find the recipe here http://www.240sweet.com/recipes.cfm
Taste your way into a new favorite apple at Apple of His Eye Orchard, Anderson, IN. With more than 27 different varieties of apples you are sure to find one that tastes your fancy. Don’t forget the donuts! Their cinnamon donuts are always a big hit! The Pillsbury Company helped develop their signature recipe. http://www.appleofhiseyeorchard.com/
Take your friends and get lost in the city of Cornopolis at Beasley Orchards in Hendricks County. The 4 miles of mind blowing corn mazes will be a shoo-in for laughs and memories. The maze will be open for the season from Sept. 19th to Oct. 31st. Find out more at http://www.beasleys-orchard.com/
Looking for something unique to do this fall? Take a Mini Tour of RDM Aquaculture Shrimp Farm located in Fowler, IN. Find out how they raise saltwater shrimp in the middle of cornfields. Just $5.00 a person. Take home freshest shrimp in a 600 miles radius. RDM produces hormone, antibiotic and chemical free shrimp. http://www.rdmshrimp.com/
Let’s don’t forget Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, IN. Their new Farmhouse Restaurant has opened and we are anxiously awaiting the The Farmhouse Market & Bakery opening in mid to late September. Take your little Ghouls to Cowtoberfest on October 11, 2014 at Fair Oaks Farm. http://fofarms.com/
High Point Orchard in Greensburg is one stop no to miss this fall. The APPLE FEST on Saturday, October 11th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm is a must for families. Enjoy the historical orchards located on 18 acres located in Northwest Decatur County, just 5 miles northwest of historic Greensburg, Indiana. They feature over 35 varieties of apples, peaches and Asian pears. Try their apple slush, I promise your taste buds will thank you. http://www.highpointorchard.com/
Travel the Hoosier state to find out the buzz about the Farm to Table Concept. IFA’s Homegrown Trail includes:
Apple Hill Orchard, Bruceville
Apple of His Eye Orchard, Anderson
Beasley’s Orchard & Gardens, Danville
Highpoint Orchard & Winery, Greensburg
Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks
Prairie Acres Restaurant and Farm Market, Oaktown
RDM Farms Shrimp Division, Fowler
The Apple Dumplin’ Inn at McClure’s Orchard, Peru
For information on Indiana Foodways Alliance’s Homegrown Trail and other culinary trails, please visit us at www.indianafoodways.com.
Indiana Foodways Alliance is a statewide non-profit organization created by members of the I-69 Cultural Corridor Association in January 2007. A membership organization which encompasses a field to table spectrum from agriculture to fine dining, with emphasis on all the specialty foods, farm markets, diners and hands-on restaurants in between that are so dear to the hearts of Midwesterners who love real food.