Daily Farm Updates Thursday, August 13, 2020

Special Events

We like being a hive of activity! That’s why we offer events for all ages, from June into January. Find out what’s going on at CGO.

Upcoming Events

August 2020 at CGO August 8 - 31

CLOSED FOR STORM CLEANUP: We are working hard to clear debris in order to reopen but are closed through at least Thursday, August 13. Please check back here for updates. Refunds will be issued on tickets pre-purchased for any days we are not open.

August 8 is the big day! We’re opening for the season!

While COVID-19 has added extra steps and setup for us this year, we are more excited than ever to welcome you back to Center Grove Orchard! (See what we’re doing to keep our guests and team members safe.)

Beginning Saturday, August 8 we will be open 9 AM – 7 PM daily. The Farmyard* awaits your laughter and smiles, the Sunflower Meadow will be in bloom, the Apple Market store (with its new name) is ready to welcome you back, and our food venues are ready to tempt you. Come see what’s new this year! You’ll find hours for each food venue below.

(*We are sad to share that we will not have the Corn Pool this year due to our inability to frequently disinfect approximately three bazillion kernels of corn. We look forward to welcoming it back next year!)

Note that apples will not be ready until late August. We will have fresh-picked peaches in the store this year, beginning August 8.

We are reducing attendance each day in order to promote safety, so purchase your Farmyard tickets online ahead of time to avoid disappointment!

Campfire and Welcome Porch reservations are available now for dates beginning in September. Please be patient as we work to finalize additional offerings for large groups.

We are still working to determine what School Tours might look like this year. While we would miss terribly seeing all of those bright faces, we want to make sure we keep everyone safe to come back next year.


August 2020 Food Venue Hours (subject to change)

  • Hay Cafe, daily from 10 AM – 7 PM (baked goods available beginning at 9 AM)
  • Coffee Shop, daily from 9 AM – 3 PM (any hot beverage also available iced!)
  • Feed Bunk, daily from 11 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Sunday’s (ALL NEW!), daily from 12 PM – 7 PM beginning August 15
  • Pumpkin House, daily from 11 AM – 6:30 PM beginning August 15
  • Apple Jacks, daily from 10 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Lemonade Stand, daily from 11 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Kettle Corn, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Sunday from 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM


September 2020 at CGO September 1 - 30

Stay tuned for more good things to come!


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Due to damage from the storms yesterday, we are cl Due to damage from the storms yesterday, we are closed for a couple days. Once we have an idea of when we can have debris cleared and repairs made to create a safe and fun place again, we’ll update you via social media and our website that we’re open. Thank you for your patience.
🌻 To hopefully brighten what was a hectic day f 🌻 To hopefully brighten what was a hectic day for Iowans (and many others!), here is a picture of some of our sunflowers standing strong. 
❤️ Our farm and crops received quite a bit of damage, but we are very thankful all guests and team members that were onsite today were safe. We are thankful for our amazing staff that remained calm, continued to monitor weather, and took care of our guests. 
⚠️ We are working hard to clear debris so we can open back up, but we are closed for the next couple of days. Please continue to watch our FB page or check our website for updates. 
🎟 Those who purchased tickets online for today (Mon, 8/10) and tomorrow (Tues, 8/11) will receive refunds. Please email us at fun@centergroveorchard.com for any questions or concerns about tickets. Thank you!
🌻Sunflowers are in bloom!!🌻 We open tomorrow 🌻Sunflowers are in bloom!!🌻 We open tomorrow, Aug 8th!! 🌻 Get your farmyard ticket! 👇🏼 Link below!