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
All Varieties are looking good in 2014! 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.
Cider day is the 5th of October between the hours of 1:00PM and 5:00 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!
This year (2014) the strawberry patch is closed due to not having the best growing conditions with the weather we've had. Weather conditions make the difference (in 2010 we started in late May). Berries will be available for pick your own and also pre-picked next year.
Pick your own berries are sold at $1.35 per pound and pre-picked berries are sold at $28.00 a flat.
Pick Your Own!
We open the orchard for pick your own around the middle of September.
This year the days of September 20th & 21st and September 27th & 28st, we will be open from 7pm to dark.
Also during these weekends we have apple pies, cider, caramel apples, pumpkins and rides to the pumpkin patch for picking your own pumpkins!!!
Pumpkins & Melons
Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes can be found at Hinegardner's Orchard and Fareway stores in Marshalltown, Tama-Toledo and Grinnell. We also have pick your own pumpkins and tractor rides to the field. 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.
Raspberries start around the middle of July. We have 2 acres of red raspberries available for pick your own, pre-picked, and also available at the Grinnell and Des Moines farmers markets.