Cooler nights, milder days, and the time is ripe for heading to your favorite apple orchard.
In the Indianapolis area there are choices in every direction.
Family-owned orchards pride themselves on bringing wholesome and affordable fun for Hoosier families.
More than 80 years in business, Tuttle orchard in Greenfield, IN about 15 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is one of the oldest family-run orchards in the area.
15 acres of apple trees offer the perfect opportunity for families to pick from six different varieties. Whether they are true to their favorites, or mix and match, customers pay by the pound.
In the early fall the pumpkin patch is also chock full of various sizes and colors (orange, white, green) and the prices range from $2.50 to $8.75.
But what makes a visit to the apple orchard great for families is the experience.
Children learn the process from seed to fruit to cider. At Tuttle, they can also watch bees make honey; and learn their important role in the pollination of the apple trees.
On a beautiful fall day, it's a chance to get away from technology and enjoy farm life.
Tuttle's, like many orchards in Indiana, offers a kids play area. A corn maze, corn stalk forts, tractor and hay rides are all part of the fun.
Unlike last year, where the drought combined with a late frost destroyed a good portion of Indiana's apple crop, growers say this year consumers will be delighted with the choices and prices available.