U-Pick Farm Favorites Around Indianapolis

Someone else hoes, you harvest. That time-honored tradition of Indiana agriculture, the U-pick, has never been more popular.

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Spencer Farm
Opens in May, peak picking in June
Known For: Strawberries, black raspberries, and pumpkins. The farm store offers 30-some flavors of homemade fudge and fruit pies. 7177 E. 161st St., Noblesville, 317-776-1560, spencerberryfarm.com
Waterman’s Farm Market
Opens in May, peak picking in June and July
Known For: Strawberries (best around Indy 500 time) and peppers, including chile, banana, and habanero.
7010 E. Raymond St., 317-356-6995, watermansfamilyfarm.com

Driving Wind Blueberry Farm
Opens in June, peak picking in mid-July
Known For: Blueberries, also offered in homemade pie.
6410 N. Michigan Rd., 317-257-3001, facebook.com/DrivingWindFarm

Stuckey Farm Orchard & Cider Mill
Opens in late June, peak picking in late August and early September
Known For: Apples, pumpkins, and wagon rides through the orchard in autumn.
19975 Hamilton Boone County Rd., Sheridan, 317-769-4172, stuckeyfarm.com

Anderson Orchard
Opens in July, peak picking in September
Known For: Apples, red raspberries, pumpkins, chestnuts. Fresh apple cider, caramel apples, and homemade apple butter come on the side.
369 E. Greencastle Rd., Mooresville, 317-831-4181, andersonorchard.com

Tuttle Orchards
Farm store open year-round, peak picking in September
Known For: Apples and pumpkins. Make your own caramel apple at Tuttle’s Caramel Apple Fest on Sept. 6.
5717 N. 300 W, Greenfield, 317-326-2278, tuttleorchards.com

This article appeared in the April 2014 issue.