Visit Evans Orchard and Cider Mill near Lexington, Kentucky, for seasonal treats (like apple cider!), fairground-style "Farm Fun," and pick-your-own fruit, pumpkins and sunflowers.
Who else gets excited for the fall season to arrive?
I can totally see all the raised hands out there.
Why do we love fall so much? Probably lots of reasons. But seasonal food has to be at the top of the list, right?
Our recent trip to the northeast United States took place in early fall, and after sampling the bounty at Burrville Cider Mill in New York, I came home wanting more.
So it's a good thing that Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown, Kentucky, is so easy to get to. We visited this 300-acre local farm recently and were quite impressed!
Not only does Evans Orchard produce apple cider, it also runs a café, market and gift store, a Farm Fun area that feels like a fairground, and more.
The farm opens to the public in May, with various events (like their popular Sunflower Festival) taking place over the following few months until their season ends in October.
Evans Orchard allows you to pick your own produce. In the fall, of course, apples and pumpkins are the star of the show. In the summer, you can gather strawberries, blueberries, sunflowers, and pears.
Evans Orchard Market
Produce goes into the market as it's picked fresh daily!
When we visited in October, we were greeted by lots of pumpkins, gourds, squash, and chrysanthemums.
The people who run Evans Orchard also have an eye for a good photo op! The pumpkin-laden wall pictured below is just one of the photogenic setups on the farm.
Gift Shop at Evans Orchard
The gift shop is open into November, a little longer than some of the other attractions at Evans Orchard.
In the shop, we browsed candles, local jam, honey, and fruit butter, beer cheese, artisan goods, and more.
The gift shop sells fresh apple cider, as well as cider slushes and cider donuts! Other treats like fudge are sold as well.
We went home with cider and donuts — some for us, and some to share!
Next door to the gift shop, you can also could buy Wise Bird hard cider in either growler or bottles. Unfortunately, this was closed when we went.
The Farm Fun area felt like a fairground, with its petting zoo, jumping pads, mega slides, cornhole, and more. In the fall, they add a corn maze, hay rides, and apple cannons!
The Farm Fun area is geared towards families and kids, and there is an admission fee for this part of the farm.
Even though there were lots of cars in the parking lot the morning we went, there was space to spread out on the farm grounds, and the shop wasn't crowded.
If you're looking for a fun farm experience in the central Kentucky area, Evans Orchard and Cider Mill is definitely worth a stop!