Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

We are located at: 1348 295th Street, Montour, Iowa 50173

When are you open?

Starting Sept. 14th we will be open daily from  1 PM - 5 PM for picking early apples.

Annual Apple Pick: Sept. 26th-27th & Oct. 3rd and 4th

Annual Cider Day: October 11th
Cider making and participation will be from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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

We have a good crop of Honeycrisp this yearand there will probably be a limited supply for pick your own.

Contact us for Honeycrisp info.

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 2 acres of strawberries and no pick your own. $35 a flat or $6 a qt.

Call 641-492-6353 to place an order.

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 Oct. 11th from 1 PM to 5 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.


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.