Henry County is a hub of hidden treasures and farm fun.
Sponsored by: New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp.
Last year, when many community activities were sidelined, residents from Henry County and beyond rediscovered quaint, trendy getaways that had been there all along: local farms.
Most didn’t call it “agritourism,” says Corey Murphy, president of the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp. They just enjoyed the fresh air, doughnut sundaes and a chance to get out of the house and have fun.
“It was something that people could come to do and feel safe doing it,” Murphy says.
Among the family-owned fields, orchards and wedding barns are three that have been delighting visitors for years.
Established by a World War I veteran and owned by Wayne and Samantha Jacobs since 2002, Jacobs’ Family Orchard is a huge draw from August through early November.
Guests can pick up a pumpkin, pulled pork sandwich or apple cider slushie at the farm store, hit the sunflower trail or hitch a wagon ride through the orchard.
“It really is a family business,” says manager Stephanie Jacobs, the owners’ daughter. “The whole family is involved.”
At L&K Produce, third-generation farmer Kent Koger and his sons operate a “destination stand” with hand-picked vegetables, including squash, watermelons and their wildly popular sweet corn.
A giant inflatable figure named Corny welcomes visitors when the crop is ready for purchase. Flower sales start the week before Mother’s Day, fall products are stocked through October and freezer beef can be picked up year round by appointment.
Whitetail Tree Farm may be best known for its holiday spruces, pines and firs, but it’s also a great place to nab gifts and games, take a field trip or exchange wedding vows. Starting this July, flowers and corn will be available for the first time.
Brandon and Amy Miller purchased the decades-old farm in 2016 and work alongside their three children and loyal employees who are “like family,” Amy notes. “We truly do this to share our farm.”
Learn more about the New Castle-Henry County Economic Development Corp.