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The orchard features many family-friendly activities including a full tour of the property on the Hickory Ridge Express.
goats or looking through the many Missouri-made products
available. You can buy tickets to ride in a small train
around the farm, go for a hayride, navigate the corn maze
or shoot off the corn cannon. Make sure to
try their freshly pressed apple cider or handdipped
caramel apples too.
" It's been quite the experience sharing our
livelihood and property with visitors every weekend
for a few months, but that's the point of agritourism, "
says Kelsey. " When people are out here,
they see the farm when it's nice and cleaned up.
They don't see the blood, sweat and tears that go
into it year round. "
Brandt says picking your own fruit or enjoying it
the day it was picked is a giant step up from the produce
section at a big-box store. " A lot of people don't realize
that if you buy a Pink Lady apple in April, it was probably
picked the previous October and stored in compression
chambers. Then it travels 500 to 1,000 miles to the grocery
store. When you pick your own, it's different. The fl avor
and everything is there and it's much more nutrient
dense. "
Mexico
That fl avor and the experience of being on the
farm is what has sent so many to the orchard
again and again.
" When a lot of people come here this is their
one or two times that year they get away and
step onto a full-functioning farm, " he says.
" Then you can head into the orchard and pick
what you want. And an apple just tastes better
when you're eating it in the orchard. "
For more information on Hickory Ridge Orchard, visit
www.hickoryridgeorchards.com or call 573-721-1415.
Left: When the season shifts from apples to pumpkins in late fall, there is no shortage of activities to do at Hickory Ridge Orchard. Right: Brandt
watches as a child gets ready to shoot off an ear of corn from Hickory Ridge's corn cannon.
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