Pumpkins, hayrides and hot apple cider…You know what that means? Fall is here again and many businesses across St. Joseph and the surrounding areas are looking for ways to celebrate the season.
As students, if you’re looking for something festive to do just head out to Hunt’s Orchard were fall is around every corner.
Owner Jeff Miller explains the activities customers can expect to see on their visit.
“They can get a ride down the pumpkin patch, we have pumpkin painting, we have the zipline and then just several things for them to do,” Miller said.
Other activities include an obstacle course, hay maze, train rides and, every once in a while, a giant slide.
Not only can you get a pocket full of fun at the orchard, you can also relax with some of their homemade products likes jams, ciders and jellies.
“Right now, we make cider about once a week and a lot of people come in for that,” Miller said. “Of course we have several varieties of apples ready right now, and the pumpkins, we sell jerky and we sell a variety of all the garden stuff we can get.”
Products like the homemade hot apple cider come from a secret recipe passed down from the previous owners. Miller and his family bought the orchard just this year, but plan to keep many of the same traditions as years before.
“We’re all trying to learn the new ropes, and it’s [business] has been going relatively well for a bunch of new people,” Miller said.
Employees of the orchard, like Sally Yarrow, say it’s a great place that provides a positive and fun work environment on a daily bases.
“It’s a nice, relaxed and friendly atmosphered place to work in,” Yarrow said. “It’s fun to learn about apples and different types of fruit.”
The orchard prides itself on being family oriented, Miller explains, they want their customers to leave with a smile on their face and memories to share with friends.
“We want it to be a fun family atmosphere for all the kids and stuff, and hopefully they all enjoy it, and hopefully they’ll like it and come back,” Miller said.
Yarrow says she to hopes to see excitement of people’s faces as they walk through the grounds of Hunts.
“I hope they think we’re friendly and they want to come back and see us, because we appreciate them coming in,” Yarrow said.
Hunts is open Monday-Saturday 9 am to 5:30 pm, and On Sunday from 1pm-5pm.
Hurry to Hunts Orchard asap in order to pick out the perfect pumpkin before Halloween is upon us.