With that soft leafy crunch underneath our shoes, the changing colors of leaves, the cool crisp air each morning, and the smell of pumpkin spice, an Indiana autumn arrives in all its glory. Fall means the opening of a lot of favorite family activities, which of course includes a visit to an orchard to choose those perfect crisp apples and round pumpkins.
One orchard that’s always on my list each year is Anderson Orchard. I grew up going to this orchard and have great memories of the fun picnics and apple picking with my family. Now I get to share those same moments with my sons each fall, which makes this season so exciting. Anderson Apple Orchard is located southwest of Indianapolis in Mooresville and offers a variety of apples trees to choose from. In my friend Erin’s experience, Anderson Orchard is wheelchair friendly.
Anderson Apple Orchard opens for the 2022 U-Pick season on August 6!
Anderson Orchard Apple Farm and Pumpkin Patch
As you approach the orchard there are multiple entrances. The first entrance is a gravel road leading to the Apple Barn, which offers designated handicap parking in front of the barn. There is ample parking around the barn for customers just wanting to purchase items from the Apple Barn. The second entrance leads to a large, grassy, overflow parking area that provides lots of parking spaces. The gravel road from here leads to the entrance of the apple trees for U Pick.
As you walk up to the apple barn or concession stand, the ground is concrete, making it easier for those in wheelchairs to navigate. Near the concession stand is a large red barn that has restrooms, which were very clean during our visit. There are also two green porta-potties located at the children’s activity area. There is ample seating and picnic tables at this apple orchard. Some picnic tables are located at the apple barn by the concession stand and lots more are at the children’s area.
We began our journey at the Apple Barn. The barn sells a variety of fresh apples from the orchard, as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables. There was a large variety of jams, jellies, maple syrups, honey, candy, delicious baked treats, and a variety of caramel apples. The apple barn also offers lots of fall décor options. However, my favorite items to buy from Anderson apple orchard are their homemade apple butter and apple cider.
The concession stand boasts many delicious fall treats. A family favorite is the elephant ears with the famous Anderson orchard apple butter on top. Choose from cold or warm apple cider, or even an apple cider slushie. You may want to try everything on the menu! Other options include biscuits with apple butter, fried apple pies, soft serve ice cream, hot dogs, and the apple orchard favorite, caramel apples and caramel apple fondue.
U-Pick apples are available and are priced based on bag size. First, choose your bag size, then you are free to roam among the apple trees and choose the best apples for your family. After you pick your apples, you’ll pay for your bag. There are also U-Pick pumpkins available in a large pumpkin patch. A grassy area near the Apple Barn has pumpkins and beautiful mums that are pre-picked.
In addition to the apple picking, my boys love the children’s area at the orchard. There is a large playground for children to enjoy. There are lots of swings for big kids and adults, as well as new infant/toddler swings. Afterwards, head to the large hay mountain for cute pictures and some climbing fun. There is also a cute wooden apple tree photo cutout that makes the perfect annual photo-op. If you homeschool, are part of a co-op, or simply want to give your kiddos a quick apple lesson, the children’s area offers an education center that includes information on “How an Apple Grows”, “Inside the Apple”, and “Pick ‘N’ Learn Apples”. Best of all, the children’s activities are all free!
A popular attraction with kids is always the hayride, which is offered on weekends in October. There’s something about riding behind a tractor that’s just so exciting for kids. The hayride took us through apple trees, near the beautiful fishing lake with its trees full of autumn foliage, then by the pumpkin patch, and through more apple trees before heading back. The hayride was $3 per person and free for children 3 and under. If your family loves fishing, then you have to cast a line at the Anderson Orchard fishing lake. Each year, the orchard also hosts an Apple Festival that includes a craft fair, as well as a family-friendly October Fest.
Anderson Orchard has my family coming back each year for the beautiful apple trees, apple butter, and overall atmosphere. Call (317) 831-4181 for more information.
While you’re in Mooresville, you might want to grab some baked treats at the Nosh Dessert Parlour!
369 East Greencastle Road