Harvest season is upon us! I always find it to be the best time of year in the Hoosier state. At least, it’s my favorite time in Indiana. There are, of course, many ways to mark the season. But, I find that a hayride, corn maze, and pumpkin patch are the best ways to celebrate Fall. Luckily, Indiana has lots of choices for such adventures. In my neck of woods near Muncie, I always make a trip to Landess Farm - a family-owned venture since 1931.
Landess is probably best known locally for their springtime u-pick strawberries, some of the best in east-central Indiana. But during the fall harvest season, the good folks at Landess Farm also offer visitors a fantastic autumn experience.
They have a little bit of everything, including hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a straw-bale pyramid, a jump pad, and an epic, 10-acre corn maze. Visitors can also purchase local honey, cider, and other seasonal accoutrements.
On a recent visit, I opted to go through the corn maze. It’s delightfully difficult to get through, so plan on at least 45 minutes for the journey.
Fall Fun at Landess Farm is a family-friendly harvest celebration, so no need to worry about scary or child-inappropriate embellishments. Plus, Landess is also pet-friendly, so bring your furry friends (keep little Fido on a leash and pick up after him/her).
Landess Farm is about seven miles west of I-69, just south of Muncie at 6000 West County Road 700 South. The farm is open from September 19 through Halloween, Sundays through Fridays from 12 pm-5 pm (closed Saturdays). The cost is $8 per person (children two and under are free). Landess also offers group rates if you’re looking for a field trip. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance or online if you’re looking for a bulk rate.
Tickets will get you access to everything above, plus your selection of a small pumpkin.
The weather seems great this season, but make sure you wear good hiking or outdoor shoes. But also, come hungry, for there are lots of tasty Fall treats to get you in the spirit!