Farm Fests

Ripley County Farm Tour
to showcase unique properties

Family fun activities at the farms include
hay rides, corn mazes

Staff Report

Farm Tour visitors

Photo provided

Visitors during last year’s farm
tours browsed through the
pumpkins at one farm.

(October 2007) – Grab a map and head for the rural Ripley County countryside during the first two weekends in October. Five unique farm properties are open for fall family fun. A day on the farm may include walking through a corn maze, seeing or petting barnyard animals, taking pony rides, a hayride or a horse-drawn trolley ride. Activities are planned for all ages; taking a barn tour, strolling through gardens, shopping at an antique or gift shop, and choosing fall decorations from an array of colorful produce. Don’t forget to let the kids pick a pumpkin!


Properties on the tour
October 6-7 and Oct. 13-14 include:

• Walhill Farm is a new farm property on the tour that you don’t want to miss. Learn about vitalizing foods, medicinal herbs, and a large variety of flowers for beauty and health. Creative Abundance at Walhill Farm is not just a great source for locally grown produce farmed using organic farming practices, it is also a beautifully landscaped garden set amid picturesque scenery. Special activities are planned for Oct. 6. The farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 857 Six Pine Ranch Rd., Batesville. Call (812) 934-2600.

• The Merkel Goat Farm, a six generation Hoosier Homestead is known for its gardens, goats and gifts. Visitors can take a hayride, sample goat summer sausage on the ‘back porch,” make a fall craft, and tour the original barn built in 1905. Kids love to see all the goats and barnyard animals. Stroll the gardens and visit “Ye Olde Farm House” Gift Shop. Be sure to check out the barnyard sale for fall crafts and antiques. This farm is open for three weekends, starting Sept. 29, and is located at 407 Merkel Rd., Batesville. Call (812) 933-0762. It is open from 10 a.m to dusk.

• Michaela Farm is in picturesque Oldenburg and merges agriculture, education and spirituality, and is operated by the Sisters of St. Francis. Visitors are invited to tour the newly restored historic brick barn built in 1907-1909 and view the displays. Learn various ways to protect the environment and our home planet, Earth. Complete the scavenger hunt and make a decorative cloth napkin that can be used instead of paper. The farm is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 3127 State Route 229, Oldenburg. Call (812) 812-933-0661.

• The Vogt Farm Pumpkin Festival is now in its 12th season. Families return year after year to visit and take a horse-drawn trolley ride to the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin. There are lots of activities for the kids and for the whole family; see the petting zoo, take a pony ride, walk the corn maze, enjoy a paddleboat ride, and shop for crafts. Don’t forget to stop at Uncle Bud’s antique shop on the farm. This farm’s festival goes for three weekends beginning Sept. 29 and is open from 10 a.m. dusk. The Vogt Farm is located at 12115 N. State Road 129 in Batesville. Call (812) 934-4627.

• Ertel Cellars Winery offers fine handcrafted wines, food and many acres of picturesque scenery. Take a break and enjoy a free wine tasting, winery tour, and have a relaxing lunch or dinner-indoors or out. Take a stroll through the vineyard or to the pond to enjoy a picnic lunch in the captivating fall setting. The winery is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 3794 E. County Road 1100 N., Batesville. Call (812) 933-1500.

• The annual Fall Farm Tour event is sponsored by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau and the individual farm properties. Visit www.ripleycountytourism.com or call 1-888-747-5394 to request a brochure with a map to all the properties.

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