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Closed for the season.

Farmyard Admission

Farmyard is closed for season.


Q. Can my dog come along?

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

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. We also accept purchase orders for tour groups.

Q. Do you have restroom facilities?

A. Yes! It’s the Potty Barn.

Q. How much is admission and what’s included?

A. Get the answer.

Q. Can I shop the store without paying admission?

A. Yes.

Q. Can I pick my own apples without paying admission?

A. Yes. Visit Admissions to get started.

Q. Which apple is good for pie, crisp, caramel apples, etc.?

A. Get the answer.

Q. How does it work when I pick my own apples? Where do I get a bag? Which apples can I pick?

A. Get the answer.

Q. Are your apples organic?

A. We 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. You don’t want a worm in your apple, and Steve doesn’t want to have to be in the sprayer.

Q. What do you do with your seconds?

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

Q. Is your apple cider pasteurized?

A. Yes.

Q. What are your most popular apples?

A. Honeycrisp and Jonathan

Q. Why do the Honeycrisp apples cost more?

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

Q. How long do apples last once purchased?

A. 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.

Q. How many pounds are in a bushel or a peck?

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

Q. Is your fudge homemade?

A. Yes, we make our own fudge from scratch!

Q. How long should we plan for to enjoy the orchard and all the Farmyard activities?

A. If you are coming with children, plan for at least 2-3 hours to enjoy all that the orchard has to offer!

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

A. We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. We also accept purchase orders for tour groups.

Q. Do you have an ATM available?

A. No, but all purchases (except apples for the apple sling shot) can be paid for with credit/debit cards.

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

A. A few things are not operating or available during the week—apple sling slot, farm train, select food venues, for example.

Q. How far do I have to walk between activities?

A. The orchards, pumpkin patch, and activities are spread over 25 acres. There will be some walking involved to get to and from the activities. There is a hayride (which is handicap accessible) that transports to and from certain activities. Wear comfy shoes!  Feel free to bring your own wagon or stroller for kids.

Q. Is Center Grove Orchard family owned and operated?

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

Q. What are the baking instructions for the frozen pie/crisp/dumpling?

A. Get the answer.

Q. Are professional photographers welcome to take photos of clients at the orchard?

A. Yes. Please review our photography policy here.

Q. Do you make donations to fundraisers?

A. Yes. Please review how we appreciate requests to be handled here.


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—Marilyn K.

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