Agritourism in East Central Indiana
By Chris Flook
East-Central Indiana is known for many things, but our long, historic and strong tradition of agriculture lends itself toward a special kind of tourism, agritourism. Agritourism is generally defined as tourism that brings visitors to a farm, ranch, or to visit/purchase agricultural products that are not often available in traditional supermarkets. Visitors will often visit for “farm demonstrations, harvest festivals, farm vacations, school group tours, hayrides, pick-your-own crop harvests, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, crop mazes, and a host of other products or services.” Purdue’s extension office has a pretty extensive guide and resource for visitors and farmers wishing to expand their operations to include new options for visitors wishing to connect to Indiana’s farms, vineyards, and rural destinations.
Over the past two decades, a sharp increase in agri-tourism in the United States has generated millions of dollars in income for local farmers and agricultural based-tourism. The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center cites that over 13,000 farms in the United States grossed approximately $674,000,000 in 2012.
There are many advantages in agritourism and the state of Indiana even offers official ‘Indiana Grown’ – a statewide branding initiative designed to certify Hoosier farm products. Along with increasing revenue for area farmers, agritourism allows visitors to connect directly with nature during the warmer months, but also allows for East-Central Indiana residents to get fresh produce, meat, and other farm products from their neighbors.
Across East-Central Indiana, there are numerous destinations for those wishing to spend an afternoon, or even a weekend connecting with nature and sourcing local food. In some instances, area farmers allow for individuals to pick their own produce like strawberries and around the holidays, a family trip to a pumpkin patch or Christmas tree farm often becomes a local tradition.
We’ve compiled a list of several destinations – perfect for a family trip, a romantic afternoon, or just a quiet visit by yourself!
Bastin Honey Bee Farm in Knightstown: https://goo.gl/maps/VYPCa7TCKCm
Bell’s Strawberry Farm in Hagerstown: https://goo.gl/maps/dULnpFwizuK2
Boondocks Farm in Knightstown: https://goo.gl/maps/DqXLR5F6r9C2
Brown Family Farm in Montpelier: https://goo.gl/maps/94XnNt2ZSn32
Engleking’s Country Beef Shop in Charlottesville: https://goo.gl/maps/7mY2e73sT6A2
Fagan Family Farm in Cambridge City: https://goo.gl/maps/bqT5Ur6Nh4v
Golliher Farms in Cambridge City: https://goo.gl/maps/PoQhhfYdchC2
Drennen’s Pumpin Kington in Montpelier: https://goo.gl/maps/uUFBZt5Jc4E2
Landess Farm in Daleville: https://goo.gl/maps/XVwHf1xaw7A2
L&K Produce in Newcastle: https://goo.gl/maps/ceBXEpbJVhL2
Pumpkin Kingdom in Montpelier: https://goo.gl/maps/yznp7xSixZr
Russell Sheep Company in Eaton: https://goo.gl/maps/dsqRqQ6tXoH2
Spangler Farms in Yorktown: https://goo.gl/maps/YhE2iQePncx
Dougherty Orchards in Cambridge City: https://goo.gl/maps/Y2oAvdYpnyw
Grabow Orchard in Pendleton: https://goo.gl/maps/sE1kYehBUkQ2
Hainlen Orchard in Converse: https://goo.gl/maps/7SrVpgqGXro
Jacobs’ Family Orchard in New Castle: https://goo.gl/maps/s9cRzww8L332
Rusty Acres Orchard in Connersville: https://goo.gl/maps/98fWCukEfFv
Clearview Family Tree Farm in Henry County: https://goo.gl/maps/TQMVxBbUnn62
Millbrook Tree Farm in Yorktown: https://goo.gl/maps/GGgRWSqjoKy
Sickels Tree Farm in Lynn: https://goo.gl/maps/cY7aDDZVv3F2
Whitetail Tree Farm in Springport: https://goo.gl/maps/T5ekNBKkXjR2
Belgian Horse Winery in Middletown: https://goo.gl/maps/4DekGusrhpH2
Downing Vineyard and Winery in Fairmount: https://goo.gl/maps/Dj4mMercoM42
J&J Winery and Noble Order Brewing Company in Richmond: https://goo.gl/maps/1mCQCid15Cr
Madison County Winery in Markleville: https://goo.gl/maps/ZZUNmKTzbY12
Oak Hill Winery in Converse: https://goo.gl/maps/jwSHLuBkiEK2
The Stable in Pendleton: https://goo.gl/maps/sEJabdaNZBT2
Tonne Winery in Muncie: https://goo.gl/maps/YU72qaGCGz12
Victoria’s Vineyards in Hartford City: https://goo.gl/maps/nx6cV44ZSr42
Wilson Wines in Modoc: https://goo.gl/maps/CTgd6j7dSSA2
One of the most common ways to connect to East-Central Indiana produce is at a farmer’s market. In many communities across the region, farmer’s markets pop up at courthouse squares, parks, and other central locales from May until October (see the full list below).
The Henry County Farmers’ Market is the quintessential example of an East-Central Indiana farmer’s market. Local produce growers assemble each Saturday morning to the east of the Henry County courthouse to showcase their produce grown throughout the region. As the summer months turn to fall, more vendors, with more options appear to sell their produce to local residents.
EAST-CENTRAL INDIANA’S FARMERS’ MARKETS
Alexandria Farmers’ and Artists Market: https://goo.gl/maps/9dVE2VZcJXk
Anderson City Market: https://goo.gl/maps/wv9aU1msmQr
Dunkirk Farmers’ Market: https://goo.gl/maps/QMidYPRWE5u
Elwood Farmers’ Market: https://goo.gl/maps/bDgAw3tnt1y
Fayette County Farmer’s Market: https://goo.gl/maps/vfb9p2D6rN12
Marion Open Air Market: https://goo.gl/maps/HRz1Z61qKpk
Minnetrista Farmers’ Market (Muncie): https://goo.gl/maps/DSvNRduxCxG2
Portland Farmers’ Market: https://goo.gl/maps/QeWQDjyYRgn
Henry County Farmers’ Market (New Castle): https://goo.gl/maps/9eVppRWu6s32
Richmond Farmer’s Market: https://goo.gl/maps/9S1cJRVozS42
Heart of Rushville Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market: https://goo.gl/maps/CgW6ZdUfb6A2
Winchester Main Street Farmers’ Market: https://goo.gl/maps/ayyzA9XLfBs
Yorktown Farmers’ Market: https://goo.gl/maps/E29SyNSKgQN2
Whether you’re looking for fresh, locally sourced produce, or you want to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, East-Central Indiana offers a plethora of agricultural related events, markets, and farms to connect better with nature!