What is there to do on the property?
Stroll through our two orchards or various other fruit tree plantings to pick apples or stone fruit. We mark the rows that are ready for picking so that you get the ripest fruit whenever you visit.
Browse our Farm Store
Don’t have time or don’t feel like picking? Visit our store in the front of the barn for hand-picked fruit, vegetables, jams and jellies, pickles, honey, syrup and other local offerings.
Take a Wagon Ride*
Take a wagon ride through the orchard.
Get lost in the Maze**
Conquer our corn maze! Can you figure out what we spelled in it this year?
Grab something Delicious to Eat!
Munch on some freshly-made cider donuts in Capt. Jack’s Donut Shack*** and enjoy coffee, cider and more.
On busy weekends we often have a food truck on the property****.
Bring a Picnic Lunch
We have picnic tables under the black walnut tree and under the pergola (outside the Donut Shack).
* Wagon rides are for our paying customers and available between Labor Day weekend and Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day) on weekends only from 10-4, weather permitting.
** The corn maze is free for our paying customers but we ask for a donation and usually opens on Labor Day. Keep in mind this maze is 1 acre or less and is specifically for kids but kids of any age are welcome.
***Captain Jack’s Donut Shack is open weekends, starting Labor Day through Indigenous Peoples Day and possibly beyond, making fresh donuts, otherwise, find them bagged up in the farm store while they last!
**** We try to have a food truck on weekend days from Labor Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, weather dependent.
AS A REMINDER: We do not allow dogs in the barn or in the orchards BUT we have miles of trails that you can hike with them. Ask in the Farm Store for a trail map! Dogs must stay in your vehicle if you drive into one of our orchards. Food safety rules requires this.
Fairy Village on the Ridge!
One day, Captain Jack was out for a walk and he stumbled upon a magical part of the forest where some woodland fairies and sprites had just recently moved. They were trying to build shelters before winter came, so Captain Jack helped them out by bringing down some tiny building supplies for them and opening the Fairy Village’s first ever “Gnome Depot”. Each fall the fairies come back and need help building their houses to stay warm throughout the winter. Spend some time outside, use your imagination, and help us take care of the Hanson Ridge Fairy Village!
Tag us in a picture of your Fairy House and we will try to post it on this website or on our Facebook page.
Love to Geocache? We have 10 geocache sites outside of the orchards on our trails.
School Tours, Groups and Birthday Parties
Please call for more information, pricing, and to schedule your special day! We do our best to tailor a visit to fit your interests and your budget. The minimum amount for group rates to apply is 6 people. If for some reason you need to cancel an event, try to give us as much notice as possible and we will do our best to reschedule you.
Want to take your students on a fruit-filled educational adventure? Learn about the seasons of growing apples in our beautiful old barn, then take a wagon ride through one of our orchards and get dropped off in a prime spot to pick some apples. Each child gets a 1/4 peck bag (holds up to 3 lbs of apples) to pick into. We do not charge for school staff or chaperones. One parent per student may ride the wagon. Adults who also decide to pick apples will get a group discount.
If you are looking to come with older students or another educational group, we can offer any combination of the three elements (barn tour, wagon ride and apple picking) or simply give a group discount on u-pick fruit.
We only schedule school tours and private wagon rides during the week.
Schedule an autumnal outing for your company, enjoy a relaxing day at the orchard and get a group discount rate on u-pick apples!
Schedule your next birthday party with us! Reserve a few picnic tables for the special day and we can provide a small bag for each child to pick apples for flat rate. Any adults attending the party who also decide to pick apples will get a group discount.
We do charge a fee for professional photographers (anyone getting paid for their photography skills) who uses our property to take pictures of their clients. A lot of work goes into keeping the grounds looking great. Please call or e-mail us for the cost and details.
We do not charge families for personal photography on the property. During the picking season photos may be taken in any area of the farm open to the public as long as your photo shoot does not impact our business. During the off season (November through mid-August) you are limited to certain areas of the farm and you need to call ahead.
We love when people tag us in their photos and beautiful pictures and fun photoshoots are great word-of-mouth advertising! Forward us a picture and we will post it on our website or our social media accounts with your name!
Full bloom is the most beautiful season. The trees bloom when they are ready. Therefore we can NOT give you a date for bloom until a week or so before. Find a flexible photographer who can work around dates, times and weather.
We would love to be the setting for your special day. Call or email us for information on our fees and details about using our property for weddings, anniversaries or other special events.
During our picking season and in the winter months (August through April) we can NOT hold functions.