County Line Orchard – Making memories

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Published on September 22, 2021 with No Comments

County Line Orchard prides itself on making memories – and not just about apples. From picking apples or pumpkins with the family to visiting the gift shop, the Hobart-based orchard offers something for a wide variety of tastes.  Growing high-quality apples, selling directly to the customers and educating everyone who visits the farm is the founding principle of County Line Orchard. 

Anyone who has seen the cars backed up all the way to U.S. Route 6 can attest to the orchard’s popularity and drawing power. Whether it’s picking apples or pumpkins, sampling one of the orchard’s famous apple-cinnamon doughnuts, visiting the gift shop, or watching their children pet farm animals, County Line Orchard draws people to this corner of Hobart.

Yes, this orchard has apples – and plenty of them. With more than 25 varieties of apples, visitors can choose their favorite or discover a new variety. 

Pumpkins are another U-pick feature of the orchard. Admission to both the apples and pumpkins is $2, and you pay for what you pick, based on weight. Little ones can enjoy the Moo-Choo Ride for $3 (under 2 are free) with paying rider. You can also select from the orchard’s supply of sunflowers. 

You’ve probably never heard the word yurt or associated bees with apples, but bee yurts are another feature at County Line Orchard. A yurt is a round shelter, which in this case is home for bees, creatures responsible for pollinating trees that produce, among other things, apples. Those looking for the queen bees in the yurt will know her by the marking of a small dot on her back.

For families, County Line Orchard offers something from music to mazes. 

Barnyard Jams are a regular feature at the orchard, with different groups or individuals performing and inviting guests to sing along. Schedule of upcoming performances can be found at www.countylineorchard.com.

For $8, you can enter the orchard’s corn maze. Exploring themes this year is our Barn Doors Open. Usher fall in 2021 and explore our corn maze that features County Line Orchard’s very own tried and true treasures of Welcoming Activities for all ages to enjoy.   Featuring a train for the tots, apple picking, pumpkins and sunflowers, oh my.   Our maze is just one of the many ways to spend your day with us!

Albanese Maze. Our Albanese Gummi Bear Maze is perfect for our younger visitors.   It’s a little shorter, a little easier and a whole lot of fun! 

Then there’s the Moo Choo, tractor-pulled barrel train cars for children. 

The orchard also offers its Gift Loft, Kids’ Farm, and campfires.

If the sight of all that orchard produce leaves your mouth watery, County Line Orchard’s Big Barn is home to good food, whether your taste is baking or grilling.

Known for its doughnuts, County Line Orchard’s bakery also sells pies, candy, fudge, and breads. Inside the Sweet Shop are more goodies, including the Donut Parfait, a favorite topped with ice cream, honey, caramel, and whipped cream.

County Line Orchard is home to our County Line Orchards Big Barn, home to good food.

Food Trucks are available at County Line Orchard.

The orchard also has a store where patrons can purchase cider, jams, apple butter, syrup, and gourmet items.

For those planning ahead, County Line Orchard is taking holiday orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These orders include pies and doughnuts.

The orchard is also a people place, attracting people for weddings, birthday parties, and school tours. A leader among orchard tours in the Chicagoland area, County Line Orchards draws an estimated 40,000 students.

General admission is $12. (with access to U-Pick, Tractor Ride, Kid’s Farm Maze and Moo-Choo Train).

Explorer Pass admission is $8. (with access to general admission, U-Pick and Maze).

Lil’ Farmer Pass admission is $6. (that includes general admission, U-Pick and Kid’s Farm).

Hours and admission: County Line Orchard is now open through Sunday, Oct. 31. Big Barn hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The same hours hold for daily attractions. For U-pick patrons, the last tractor leaves at 5:00 p.m. As for food offerings, the kitchen is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily; the grill is open those same hours Saturdays and Sundays.

Location and contact: County Line Orchard is located at 200 S. County Line Rd. (corner of County Line and Cleveland Ave.) in Hobart. The phone number is 219-947-4477; website, www.countylineorchard.com. You can also visit the orchard on Facebook. 

Local orchards offer U-pick opportunities

In the market for produce but want to choose your own fruit or vegetables from the tree or vine? Then consider one of the U-pick farms in Northwest Indiana.

These farms enable the consumer to “up close and personal” with nature, as you see the actual origins of your favorite produce. You become part of the picking process before you take it home for dinner, unless you try a taste in the car on the ride home.

Some farms have expanded their market to include other produce and related foods and gift items.

Northwest Indiana has a few U-pick farms. Here is a listing

County Line Orchard

200 S. County Line Rd.

Hobart

219-942-4477’

www.countylineorchard.com

Garwood Orchards

5911 W. 50 South

LaPorte

219-362-4385

www.appleupick.com

Radke Orchards

8999 W. 200 North

Michigan City

219-872-3140

www.radkeorchards.com

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