Farm to Fork - Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Curious about where that food comes from that we all enjoy eating so much of? Take a tour of Noble County Farmers where you can learn more about the journey from seeds in the soil to food on your plate.

You will learn how it is raised, and even get a taste (if you like) of real and fresh food products that are raised right here in Noble County. Below is a list of participants and their basic information.

Blossom Hill Orchard

421 E. Weimer Road, Avilla, IN 46710

260-347-3682

Email- BlossomHillOrchard@yahoo.com

www.facebook.com/BlossomHillOrchard/

Hours: Seasonal in June and July with days according to availability, generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tours: Advance request, contact Blossom Hill for information.

Blossom Hill Orchard is a pick-your-own cherry farm. The farm grows 12 varieties of sweet cherries and four varieties of tart cherries. Visitors may pick their own cherries or choose from the selection of pre-picked cherries in the retail market.

Cook’s Bison Ranch

5645 E. 600 S., Wolcottville, IN 46795

866-382-2356

www.cooksbisonranch.com

This working bison ranch was established in 1999. This family-owned and operated farm uses no growth hormones or stimulants and raises almost all of its own hay and grain for feed. Visit the website for a complete listing of tour and meal options.

DeCamp Gardens

1165 N. 75 E., Albion, IN 46701

260-636-2924

www.localharvest.org/decampgardens

Email – decampgardens@gmail.com

Facebook: decamp gardens

Hours: Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evening hours available.

Tours: Offered year-round. Large or small group tours by appointment; $4 per person.

DeCamp Gardens is a Certified Naturally Grown farm located 2 miles north of Chain O’Lakes State Park in the rolling hills of Noble County.  Enjoy family-fun adventures, monthly workshops, educational activities in the Garden Adventures program, annual plant sale and annual Tomato Tasting Festival. Our year-round market store, the “Veggie Bin” sells fresh organic, in-season vegetables plus popcorn, dry soup beans and herbs grown on our farm.  Pastured brown eggs, honey, preserves, gluten-free cornmeal and noodles are also available. An organic vegetable delivery program is available June through September throughout surrounding counties.  Contact us for details or check our Facebook page.

Fox Trail Farms

1272 N. 75 E., Albion, IN 46701

574-536-2412

Email- foxtrailfarmer@gmail.com

Tours: Wednesdays or other times by appointment June through October.  A minimum group of 5 people and maximum of 50 is required for a tour.  A donation of $5 per person is requested.

Fox Trail Farm, established in 2004, is set on 25 acres of rolling woods and farmland originally owned by the current owner’s great-great grandfather as part of his original homestead. The farm is Certified Naturally Grown and offers CSA memberships.  The farm produces over 100 varieties of vegetables, as well as fruits, herbs, flowers, beeswax, honey and hand crafted personal care products, artisan foods, and preserves.  The farm features a stocked pond, heirloom apple orchard, apiary, and wooded nature trails. The farm employs wind and solar power.

Freedom Acres

3343 N. 900 W, Cromwell, IN 46732

260-215-2292 or 260-856-3059

Email- michael@freedomwireinc..com

www.freedomwireinc.com/freedom-acres

Tours: Call for an appointment.

Freedom Acres is an interactive farm experience near the Lincoln Highway and Lake Wawasee. The farm offers basic horse handling, farm tours, animal feedings and caretaking, wooded walking tours, countryside picnics, horse boarding and bookings for 4-H events, and field trips.

The Lavender Lane

2258 E. Northport Road, Rome City, IN 46784

260-854-4494

Email- dawn@thelavenderlane.com

www.thelavenderlane.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lavlane

Hours: April through December, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours: The peak blooming season for lavender is mid-June and early July, with a second blooming for some varieties in September. Tours, activities, field bookings, and gift shop visits are available anytime by appointment.

Owners Steve and Dawn McCreery grow, distill, and sell lavender in all its lovely forms for their tenth adventurous year.  The farm has grown from its first planting of 90 plants in May 2008 to nearly 800 plants with more than 20 varieties of both L. angustifolia and L. x-intermedia (Lavandin) cultivars. The field’s garden setting helps visitors unwind, let go of stress and be “in the moment.” Many ornamental grasses are interspersed with the lavenders; and attractive hardscapes, a wildflower area, and an apiary yard make for a peaceful stroll among the flowers. The farm store offers lavender products and wood crafts made by the owners.

September- Falling for Honey: Fall means honey time around here!  Visitors may call, stop by, or check our Website/Facebook page to see when the lavender field honey is ready for your table.  Thanks so much for supporting local farms!

November -December- Christmas in the Country: Noble County’s “Christmas in the Country” is now a tradition for many folks. Please visit throughout the holiday season to shop for your lavender gifts.  Bring your list and choose from a variety of handmade aromatic items, ready-made gift baskets, or unique wooden crafts.

Maple Acres

535 S. 500 E., Avilla, IN 46710

(260) 636-2073

Email- maple-acres@hotmail.com

www.maple-acres.com

Tours: Limited to small groups by appointment only.

A visit to Maple Acres offers a trip through the history of making maple syrup, from Grandpa’s old flat pans, wooden buckets and early style maple spouts of 70 years ago to today’s high-tech sugaring equipment – tubing, vacuum pumps, reverse osmosis and state-of-the-art evaporator. Maple Acres taps between 1,400 and 1,500 sugar and black maples, using more than 9 miles of tubing. While maple syrup is only produced during the early spring weather of February and March, products including syrup, pure maple candy, pure maple cream and pure maple granulated sugar are available while supplies last. Product is sold locally as well as shipped nationally. Many international visitors have stopped by, from England, France, Dubai, Greece, Italy, Japan and Taiwan.

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

P.O. Box 263, Wolf Lake, IN 46796

(260) 799-5869; fax (260) 799-5875

www.goshen.edu/merrylea

Goshen College owns this natural sanctuary of 1,189 acres “where earth and people meet.”  Several unique geological features are located here as well as wetlands, prairies and savanna areas. The nature center office buildings are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; call ahead to confirm hours. Eight miles of hiking trails for foot traffic only are open every day from dawn to dusk at no charge. Trail maps are available at trailhead boxes located at the Farmstead and at the Learning Center Building. Visit the website for directions, complete visitor guidelines and upcoming public programs.

Orchard Hill Farms

11061 E. 415 N., Kendallville, IN 46755

260-347-3682 or toll-free 800-618-7400

www.orchardhillfarms.com

Email- orchardhill@ligtel.com

Facebook: orchardhillfarms

Tours: Offered year-round by appointment only; check the website for tour options. Tours begin with a wagon ride in the orchard to learn how fruit is grown, and then move indoors to show what happens after the fruit is harvested. Cost is $3 per person. Tours typically take 1 to 1 ½ hours but adult tours may take longer. Group tours are offered weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for groups of 20 or more.

Orchard Hill Farms offers fresh-picked apples and an orchard market store that features locally produced honey, maple syrup, apple cider, apple butter, apple syrup, apple jelly, apple cider vinegar and apple spice. Dried apple chips and dried sweet cherries are new to the farm market. A 750-tree cherry farm is available in July for pick-your-own cherries. Already-picked cherries or frozen cherries are available at the farm market. Fresh organic vegetables and herbs from the farm are available in summer and fall. Dick and Hertha Meyer, along with their children Rick, Hertha and Kurt, established the orchard in 1969 and opened the market store in 1995. The farm offers 31 varieties of apples as well as peaches, pears, plums and both sweet and tart cherries.