Good Pickin’s in Brown County
Where to get your fix of three Brown County essentials: roadside produce, cool old stuff, and bluegrass music.
This article is part of the Rediscover Brown County package in the October 2016 Indianapolis Monthly issue. For more on our favorite fall destination, click here.
Kelp’s Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch
The big red barn, greenhouses, and hand-lettered “BUNNY RABBITS $8” sign beckon to curious drivers on State Road 46 east of Nashville year-round. Come fall, the property becomes a russet-hued Bob Ross painting, with pumpkins and gourds arranged in tidy stacks according to shape, size, and color. Kelp’s Farm Festival (October 1–2) adds pony and hay rides, pumpkin-carving contests, and old farm equipment. 6473 State Rd. 46 E, 812-988-4804, facebook.com/kelpspumpkinpatch
Plum Creek Antiques
He a classic-car enthusiast, she an apron buff, Paul and Paulette Sackmann converted an 88-year-old Bean Blossom service station into a hunting ground for antiquers not afraid to get dirt under their fingernails. The couple rolls up the garage doors to show cloudy glass bottles, metal tubs, old fans, blistered wooden tables, and dusty primitives. Unlike typical Brown County shopping destinations, the air here is perfumed not with apple-spice candles but decades-old motor oil. “We just like finding new homes for things,” says Paul. Open Fri.–Sun. and by appointment. 5163 State Rd. 135 N,
Weed Patch Music Company
“In other parts of the country, people say they have backwoods music just to get people in the door,” says guitarist Kara Barnard. “We have the real deal.” She opened the store a few years ago with instruments made by Indiana artisans, from fiddles to dulcimers to Native American flutes. Drop by for jam sessions and impromptu finger-picking. 58 E. Main St., Nashville, 812-988-1180, weedpatchmusic.com