November 5, 2014 - General -
Nothing says country like a trip to the orchard in the fall and Highpoint Orchard and Winery in Greensburg, Indiana has all the bases covered for a complete day in the country. You can start with a wagon ride through the orchard, stop in the café for lunch, shop a bit in the gift shop, and leave a moment to sample some of the wine in the restored historic barn.
Located on historic Pleaks Hill, which is the highest point in the county, Highpoint Orchard and Winery affords the visitor amazing views of the orchards, Upland Reservoir, and the beautiful countryside. To get into the spirit of the country, take a wagon ride through the orchard where you can see where more than thirty-five varieties of apples, peaches, and Asian pears are grown.
Head back to the Apple Barn for a delectable lunch in the café. The chicken salad croissant is sure to please with its fresh grapes, celery and pecans. Also a hit is the Orchard Salad made with mixed greens, seasonal fruit (and they have a great source), pecans, cranraisins, against the feta cheese and raspberry vinaigrette it is favorite for a good reason. Two items not to be missed on the menu is the fresh baked bread, pair it with the soup of the day and any fall chill will be a distant memory.
The apple caramel nut pie is what dreams are made of, well mine anyway. Starting with the made from scratch crust, layers of fresh apples, nuts, and seasonings, it will be dancing in your mouth. The crust is one of the best pie crusts I have ever had, sorry mom. The light crust, golden crisp on the edges and not soggy on the bottom is a tough balance to hit, but they do.
After your lunch stroll through the gift shop where you can purchase fruit fresh from the orchard, fresh made pies or frozen, or one of their sauces. They also carry cookbooks and apple related items.
Before you head home, stop by the Old Mill Barn and relax a bit in one of the front porch rockers before heading to the basement of the restored 1850s barn to sample some of the Highpoint Winery selections. A wonderful selection of fruit wines for your perusal and purchase make a great take home memory of your visit.