Important Dates at Hinegardner's Orchard (2019)


Orchard opens on September 28th + 29th and

October 5th + 6th


 7 AM to 6 PM


Ready for picking:
First week of June

Cantaloupe Melons

Ripen around August 5th
and last about 6 weeks


Ripen in September & October

Last Week of September


Ripen late August - early September


Annual Apple Picks
(Pick Your Own)

Sept. 28th and 29th


Oct. 5th and 6th

Cider Day

No Cider Day 2019 due to apple shortage




2019 Growing year


The crop of apples at Hinegardner Orchard is about 25% normal this year. 

This spring there wwere far fewer apple blossoms than normal. No blossoms means no apples. This seems to be a local problem as other orchards in the state have normal crops. 

Last winter I also removed about 300 Jonathon trees in our east orchard. These trees were planted in 1972 and needed to be removed as they were old and getting rotten. We replanted this area. 

Hinegardner's Orchard

Baby with Apple

Our orchard has been a family run business since the early 1960 Many things have changed but, our goal for the orchard has stayed the same.Producing quality products at fair prices! Everything that we sell at local Fareway and Hy-Vee stores, and the Grinnell and Des Moines farmers markets are all grown and produced right at the Hinegardner's Orchard. The orchard season is really a year round enterprise.  Preparation begins the year before.  In the winter time we prune and trim our approximately 3,000 apple trees.  We usually finish pruning and removing the brush by the middle of April.  During the Iowa winters we do not work in the orchard when the temperature is below 15 degrees.

We start our year getting ready for berry season and end with apple harvest and pumpkins and cider day.

We hope you come and enjoy the Hinegardner's Orchard experience!

Dave & Julie Hinegardner and the Orchard Crew


Apple Eating

All Varieties are about 25% in 2019. We have 22 varieties of apples available starting with Harvest Apples called Lodi through Winesap.  The varieties ripen at different times with the Lodi apples beginning to ripen around the 1st of September to the Winesap that ripens around the 1st week of October.

Pick Your Own!

For our 2019 season our apples are $35.00 per bushel. (about 40 pounds at $0.90 per pound).

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Cider Day

Apple Cider

Cider day is cancelled for 2019. 

We invite customers, friends and family to harvest apples with us.  These apples are collected in wagons and made into fresh apple cider while you watch!

Beginning this year (2015) due to Department of Public Health rules, the public will no longer be able to bring and fill their own containers with cider. New plastic containers will need to be purchased from us here at Hinegardner's Orchard.

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Other Produce

Strawberry Patch

We have 2 acres of delicious strawberries usually ready for picking around June 6th. Weather conditions make the difference (in 2010 we started in late May). Berries will be available only pre-picked.

Pre-picked berries are sold at $35.00 a flat.

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Pick Your Own!

Apple Tree

We usually open the orchard for pick your own around the middle of September.

This year the days of September 28th+29th & October 5th+6th, we will be open from 7pm to dark. (May change due to weather, call ahead. 641-492-6353)

Also during these weekends we have apple pies, cider, caramel apples, and pumpkins available.

No corn maze this year due to wet planting conditions.  

New Giant Apple Slingshot Avaliable!



Pumpkins & Melons


Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes can be found at Hinegardner's Orchard and Fareway stores in Marshalltown, Tama-Toledo and Grinnell. Fun for kids of all ages!

Cantaloupe begins to ripen around the 5th of August.  We grow Classic Hybrid brand melons.  This melon has a great flavor and is in the 4 to 5lbs. range for size.  The melons are grown on plastic for weed control and watered with a trickle tape under the plastic to conserve water.