Fall Fun in Johnson County Indiana was originally published in the Greenwood Daily Journal, on October 8, 2011.
There is just something about a beautiful, sunny Fall day. The leaves are just starting to change, it is not too warm and the temperature is just right. Living in Johnson County there is literally a bounty of Autumn activities all around us. From hayrides to apple picking, corn mazes to pumpkin patches there is enough fall fun to keep you busy every weekend in October.
When I looked at the weather forecast last Friday, I was happy to see that it was not only going to be a nice weekend, it was going to be a fantastic one! Temperatures in the high sixties and not a cloud in the sky meant that I was free to plan a weekend outdoors.
First item on the list of activities this particular weekend was going to Kelsay Farms. Nestled in the rolling hills between Worthsville and Tracy Roads in Whiteland this six-generation dairy farm is a real gem. They not only grow corn, soybeans and hay but also have over 500 Holstein cows that are milked 3 times a day. Visit this month and you can enjoy the 5 acre corn maze, which let me tell you is a real challenge. My family splits into 2 teams and we race to see who can get through first. This has been a tradition for us in the fall and the kids really look forward to it! While there, make sure to take a tour of the dairy led by a member of the Kelsay family, play in the corn crib, ride the Moo-Choo Express and get a few fall goodies, too!
|On top of the GIANT hay bale mountain! They love this ????|
|I just love watching the Holsteins eat. They are about my favorite and these were so friendly!|
|Noah: the self proclaimed Corn Hole King|
|Jacob was on my team and he got straight down to business!|
|This is the card we used to find each station.|
|At each station you punch the card with the answer.|
|Jacob was the official ‘card puncher’ !|
Next on our list was a trip to Mooresville to visit Anderson Orchard. I don’t know who in my family was more excited to pick apples. My kids are fairly competitive and I gave each of them a bag to pick their own. I needed a few bushels to make apple butter and sauce and my husband wanted a bag of Granny Smiths for the pies he was going to make.
Anderson Orchard has over 150 acres of apples, peaches, plums, nut trees, raspberries,pumpkins and gourds. There is so much to choose from and every popular variety of apple is there and ripe for the picking. The staff is very helpful in finding the right trees to pick from or if you prefer they have pre-packed bags for sale in the cider house. Local preserves, spices and produce are also available for purchase there. Don’t leave without getting a gallon of their sweet apple cider. I always find so many uses for it besides just drinking it.
|How to get your kids to eat their fruits and veggies: let them pick their own!|
|They were determined to get the high ones too!|
|My picking crew!|
|Koosha, makes great pies|
Arriving back home with the mother load of apples we picked we all got down to business. My kids sorted all of their apples and washed them. They each have a bowl out so they can grab one anytime for a snack. I promptly made an apple cake and used the cider as a lovely marinade for our dinner. My husband made not one but two apple pies from scratch. I have to admit, they were fabulous! Along with all of this I made a nice risotto to accompany our apple themed dinner.
This weekend I hope to get down to Appleworks in Trafalgar for my annual squash and gourd buying trip, but we will see. I may be up to my ears in apple butter by then.