Nothing screams fall like apple picking. If you’re looking for a no frills experience where apple picking is the star, look no further than Garwood Orchards in LaPorte, Indiana.
Highlights of Garwood Orchards:
Ride to the orchard
After parking and paying for our containers, we were off to the orchard. We waited in line for either a tractor drawn wagon or my daughter’s personal favorite, a horse drawn wagon.
Go apple picking
Apple picking was first on our agenda, so we got off at the apple orchard stop. (We could have stayed on the wagon to go to the vegetable fields.) We were super happy to find that we could pick honeycrisp apples for no additional cost.
I’ve had my fill of sunflowers already this summer and you would think I’d get sick of them (never!), so I was over the moon to find a few different sunflower fields here. Yay!
Pick your own veggies
Not only could we pick apples, but we could also fill up our basket with veggies. My mom and dad had a great time picking veggies like eggplant, peppers, cucumber, and more.
Stop by the market
Tips to enjoy Garwood Orchards:
- The U-pick orchard parking is just past the market.
- There is no entry fee. Rather you pay a $20 minimum per FAMILY for the containers.We bought 4 half pecks at $8 each for a total of $24 which met the minimum. Ideally, we probably should have bought a 1/2 bushel since our half pecks were overflowing! Sunflowers are $2/stem. You pay before you enter the orchard so make sure to see which option you want.
- Outside food and drinks are allowed but no coolers in the fields.
- Backpacks and strollers are checked before you leave.
- Masks are required when you can’t stay 6 feet away. There are socially distant markers on the wagon ride as well as hand sanitizer stations throughout.
Final thoughts about Garwood Orchards
Visiting Garwood Orchards is the perfect no-frills apple picking experience that was easy on the budget! And surprisingly, it wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be for being Labor Day weekend.
Location: 5911 W 50 South, LaPorte, IN 46350
Food: No food for sale that you can eat, but you can go to their market for their goodies like their donuts and popcorn.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon. It was not crowded at all.
Bathrooms: Yes, they have portapotties.
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