Frequently Asked Questions

When are you open?

Daily: 7am - noon.

Annual Apple Pick: Sept. 24-25 & Oct. 1-2, 2016

Annual Cider Day: October 9th, 2014
Cider making and participation will be from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Do you have Honey Crisp Apples and are they available for pick your own?

We do have honey crisp but, they are not available for pick your own. Honey Crisp Apples do not all rippen at the same time. Therefore the ripe apples have to be harvested on time and put into cold storage. If mature fruit is left on the tree it will turn to Honey Mush. Contact us and we will give the Honey Crisp sales information.

What kind of strawberries do you grow?

For many years we have used Honeyeye. We have tried others in the past and these seem to work the best.

When are your strawberries ready to pick and can we pick our own?

We have 3 acres of Honeyeye strawberries. This year strawberries will be ready to be picked around first week of June and this will last about 3 weeks. Weather conditions make the differnece (in 2010 we started in late May). Berries are available on pick your own and also pre-picked.

Pick your own berries are sold at $1.60 per pound and pre-picked berries are sold at $30.00 a flat. We will furnish the containers used for picking.

What is the best cooking apple?

Dave's standard answer is Jonathon. Macintosh, Wealthy, and Jon Grimes apples are also good. Early Lodi (aka harvest apple) are also good for early cooking.

What is the best eating apple?

This is dependent on personal taste. Dave's favorites are the Jonagold. Honey Crisp's are also great! Many prefer Golden Delicious and if you like a tart apple Jonathon can't be beat.

Do you have homemade apple pies and caramel apples?

Yes, on the last weekend in September and the and 1st weekend in October. Also on Cider Day, Oct. 9th, 2016. Fresh or frozen apple pies can be can be ordered or picked up during regular business hours.

How many apple varieties do you have?

Hinegardner's has 22 different types of apples. The first ripen in July and the last in October.

See the Our Apples page for more details.

When is Cider Day?

Cider Day is the 9th of October from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Beginning in 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.

Do you spray your apples or are they organic?

We do spray our apples with the safest fungicides and insecticides that are available. We have found that in central Iowa to have fruit that people want to buy, we have to use some chemicals.

What other products do you grow besides apples and strawberries?

We have raspberries, pears, cantaloupe, different types of squash, gourds and pumpkins.

See the Our Produce page for more details.

Honey?

Bees are essential for apple production. I do not like honey bees and they do not like me. We rent 24 swarms of bees during pollination from Phil Ebert of Linnville, Iowa. We sell Ebert Honey here at the orchard during normal business hours.