Important Dates at Hinegardner's Orchard (2023)


Annual Apple Pick Dates 2023

September 23rd and 24th, September 30th and October 1st, October 7th and 8th


 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. 23 and 24th

Sept. 30th and Oct 1st

 Oct. 7th and 8th

7 AM to 6 PM

Cider Day

 Oct. 8th

1 PM to 5 PM




2023 Growing year


Normal crop this year.

Very Dry.

Apples are slightly smaller but quality is very good. We will be open for three Pick You Own Weekends and Cider Day.

Thank you for your support for the last 63 years,

Dave Hinegardner

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

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!

2023 pick your own $40 per bushel $25 a half. (about 40 pounds at $1 per pound).

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Cider Day

Apple Cider

Cider day is Oct. 8th from 1 PM to 5 PM.. 

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 23rd and 24th, Septempber 30th, October 1st, and October 7th and 8th we will be open from 7 AM to 6 PM. (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.