County Farm Tour
fun activities at the farms include
(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. Dont forget to let the kids
pick a pumpkin!
on the tour
Walhill Farm is a new farm property on the
tour that you dont 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. Dont forget to stop at Uncle Buds antique
shop on the farm. This farms 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.