Lack of apples won’t slow orchard fun this fall

 

A late spring frost may have put a huge damper on this year’s local apple crop but two owners of local apple orchard businesses — Klackle Orchard and Pavilion in Greenville and Anderson and Girls in Stanton — aren’t about to let that stop this fall’s farm fun.

The owners of both popular orchards intend to continue long traditions of children’s activities, hay rides, cider and doughnut.

Klackle Orchard & Pavilion

Many of the orchards’ typical apple-related offerings this year will focus on pumpkins instead, according to Klackle owner Steve Klackle.

“We’re not going to do the pick-your-own apples this year,” Klackle said. “Most of what we have is toward the top of the trees and we can’t have people climbing up there on ladders. If they see something near the ground within reach, they’re welcome to pick it, but we won’t be doing the big bags like we usually do.”

Typically, Klackle offers a free, small bag of apples with its hayride activity. This year, a free pumpkin will be included instead.

Additionally, Klackle offers pony rides and camel rides on weekends, along with a petting zoo and many other children’s activities.

“Things are a little scaled back on the weekdays,” Klackle said. “But our school tours are booking right up and we’re getting a lot of companies sponsoring group tours for their employees.”

Another favorite returning this year is the Sept. 22 Le Tour de Donut, a 30-mile bicycle trip interspersed with occasional “doughnut breaks” along the route, followed by a pancake breakfast.

Added this year is a mountain bike race, scheduled for the same date, however, the mountain bike course will be different than that taken by road bikes.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Klackle said. “The riders also get a pass to Klackleville for one, so it’s a good value for the money. We see more and more people bringing their families and making a day of it.”
Klackle’s is at 11466 W. Carson City Road in Greenville.

Go online to www.klackleorchards.com for more information.

 

Anderson & Girls Orchards

Anderson and Girls Orchards also offers a large variety of autumn activities for children and adults. According to one of Anderson’s owners, Amy Loper, the orchard’s busiest times are 11 a.. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Every weekend we do our Kids’ Town area,” Loper said. “We have pony rides, the Zoo Choo Choo, pedal cars and, new this year, we have Eli’s Express, a little electrical train kids can ride.”

Anderson’s also offers camel rides, a hay wagon to the orchard’s pumpkin patch and a petting zoo.
“We have things going on all week,” Loper said. “The petting zoo is always free and always open. We also have a farm market, a full line bakery, produce, cider and a gift shop upstairs.”

Additionally, Anderson’s features a restaurant that offers sandwiches, hot dogs and a full line of ice cream.
The petting zoo has two new offerings this yea — a baby zebra, born at the orchard earlier this summer, and marmoset monkeys.

“They’re something you don’t see every day and they’re really fun for the kids,” Loper said of Anderson’s variety of animals. “We like to promote ourselves as a relaxing time on the farm where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

Anderson and Girls is at 2985 N. Sheridan Road, on M-66, north of Stanton.  Go online to www.andersonandgirls.com for more information.

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