Southern Indiana Agritourism Offers Fresh Fruits and Fun on Highway 41
Fresh, delectable and locally grown describe the many U-pick farm market and eatery stops on or near U.S. Highway 41 in Knox County, near Vincennes, Indiana. Read on for a few highlights of the southern Indiana agritourism scene, and let us know in the comments if we’ve missed any of your Knox County favorites.
Beginning at Oaktown, the Melon Patch’s Delish Deli opens daily. They’re known for fresh produce, fudge and their gift shop. Mayall’s Market, open from May through October, specializes in garden plants, flowers and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Blann’s Berries make for a juicy U-pick or purchase stop when strawberries and other berries are in season from May through June.
Melon Acres, open April through Oct. 1, raises asparagus, sweet corn, cantaloupe and watermelon. Prairie Acres, also at Oaktown, serves breakfast and lunch, and sells their fruits and vegetables along with other treats from May 15 through Sept. 15. And McKinley’s Orchard Restaurant boasts home-cooking buffet style food along with a fruit stand from July through Labor Day. Make a reservations by calling (812) 745-4175.
South of Oaktown near Bruceville, the Big Peach beckons travelers along the highway offering freshly baked pies, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and a gift shop from mid-May through Nov. 1. Nearby Apple Hill Orchard also offers fresh pies and delights along with orchard tours from July 5 through December.
Vincennes is home to the Happy Tomato in spring and summer. The Vincennes Historic Farmers Market also features items ranging from perennials to breads, produce and jams. Halters Market is recognized for its garden center and home grown produce, while Atkinson Farm Yarns offers knitting classes and a vast inventory of respective supplies.