Daily Farm Updates Saturday, December 14, 2019

Policies + FAQ

Center Grove Orchard is a family-friendly location for all! We do, however, have a few rules we ask you follow to ensure you have a farmtastic time!

Farm Policies

Watch Your Children

We are a working farm, with a working train and tractors and lots of farm animals. Please monitor and protect your children during your visit, for their safety and yours.

No Smoking, Please

We are tobacco free. Please refrain from smoking, using other tobacco products or vaping while visiting Center Grove Orchard.

No Alcoholic Beverages During the Farmyard Season

Please help us maintain a family-friendly environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Grounds & Facilities

Do you have restroom facilities?

Yes! We offer the Potty Barn in the Farmyard. There are also restrooms in the Country Store.

How long should we plan for to enjoy the Orchard and all the Farmyard activities?

Exploring Center Grove Orchard and all our activities can easily take all day, but if you are coming with children, plan for at least 2-3 hours to enjoy what that the Orchard has to offer!

How far do I have to walk between activities?

The Orchards, Pumpkin Patch and activities are spread over 25 acres. There will be some walking involved to get to and from the activities. Our Hayride (which is handicap-accessible) transports passengers to and from certain activities. Wear comfy shoes! Feel free to bring your own wagon or stroller for kids.

Can my dog come along?

Please don’t bring your dog or your pets. While we love dogs, it’s safest for everyone (dogs, too) that way. Of course, trained service animals are always welcome!

Are professional photographers welcome to take photos at the Orchard?

Apples

How does it work when I pick my own apples? Where do I get a bag? Which apples can I pick?
Which apples are good for pie, crisp, caramel apples, etc.?
What are your apple prices?

Please see our U-Pick sizes and pricing here.

 

In-Store Sizes and Pricing

all varieties except Honeycrisp:

  • $2.00/lb for 1/4 peck bag (about 3 lbs)
  • $1.75/lb for 1/2 peck (about 6 lbs)
  • $1.50/lb for 1 peck (about 10 lbs)

Honeycrisp:

  • $3.00/lb for 1/4 peck (about 3 lbs)
  • $2.75/lb for 1/2 peck (about 6 lbs)
  • $2.50/lb for 1 peck (about 10 lbs)
Why do the Honeycrisp apples cost more?

They are our premier apple. They are harder to grow, are more labor-intensive than our other varieties and are also in higher demand.

How many pounds are in a bushel or a peck?

1/4 peck = 3 lbs. | 1/2 peck = 6 lbs. | 1 peck = 12 lbs. | 1/2 bushel = 24 lbs. | 1 bushel = 48 lbs.

Is your apple cider pasteurized?

Yes.

Are your apples organic?

Our apples are not organic. If we had a choice, we would not spray our trees. It’s simply not an option with so many insects and different diseases pressuring our crop. We spray as little as possible to get by, enough to have good quality fruit. We spray to make sure you don’t find a worm in your apple.

What are the baking instructions for the frozen pie/crisp/dumpling available at the Bakery?

Always place your frozen item on a baking sheet before placing in the oven to catch any spillover! Times are approximate, so be sure to keep a watchful eye as ovens may vary.

Farmhouse Apple Pie – Bake at 400° for 40 minutes, then decrease temperature to 350° for 50–60 minutes or until golden brown.

Country Apple Pie – Bake at 400° for 40 minutes, then decrease temperature to 350° for 50–60 minutes or until golden brown.

Deanna’s Dumplings – Preheat oven to 400°. Bake for 50–60 minutes or until golden brown, basting the last 10–15 minutes.

Apple Crisp – Bake at 350° for 90 minutes

What are your most popular apples?

Honeycrisp and Jonathan

How long do apples last once purchased?

Apples need moisture to stay fresh. We recommend you keep your apples in a crisper drawer in your fridge. To keep them moist, place a small cup of water in the drawer with them. In doing so, your apples will stay fresh for 4–6 weeks.

What do you do with your seconds?

Our seconds—apples with bruises or blemishes—are sold at a discount in our store.

Admission & Payment

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. We also accept purchase orders for tour groups. Gift certificates are available for purchase in our Country Store or by phone. They may be used in our Country Store and at Admission Bins. Currently, they may not be used online or at food locations. We are happy to mail certificates purchased by phone to either the buyer or the recipient.

How much is admission and what’s included?
Can I shop the store without paying admission?

Yes.

Can I pick my own apples without paying admission?

Yes, but you must pay for the apples you pick and take home.

What is the difference between going to the Orchard on a weekday vs. weekend?

A few things are not operating or available during the week, such as selected food venues.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available for purchase in our Country Store or by phone. They may be used in our Country Store and at Admission Bins. Currently, they may not be used online or at food locations. We are happy to mail certificates purchased by phone to either the buyer or the recipient.

Do you have an ATM available?

No, but all purchases (except apples for the Apple Slingshot) can be paid for with credit/debit cards.

Sunflower Meadow

Is the Sunflower Meadow included in Farmyard admission?

Yes! Regular admission to the Farmyard includes access to view and take photos in the Sunflower Meadow during blooming. Sunflowers may be picked at an additional cost.

Is professional photography allowed in the Sunflower Meadow?

Yes. Regular admission to the Farmyard includes access to view and take photos in the Sunflower Meadow during blooming. If you wish to take professional photos or work with a professional photographer or with professional equipment, please review our photography policy here →

Can I bring my dog for photos?

Please don’t bring your dog or your pets. While we love dogs, it’s safest for everyone (dogs, too) that way. Of course, trained service animals are always welcome!

Miscellaneous

Is Center Grove Orchard family-owned and -operated?

Yes, it is (with the help of an amazing staff)! Learn more here.

Can my group’s food be supplied by an outside catering service?

Yes! Please see requirements on our Group Reservations page.

Does Center Grove Orchard make donations to fundraisers?
Is your fudge homemade?

Yes, we make our fudge from scratch!

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