Recently I had the opportunity to take my Girl Scout Troop to a local apple orchard, Honey Creek Acres. I have lived in Cedar Rapids for 8 years now, and was unaware that this great opportunity was less than 5 minutes from my home on the SW side.
Honey Creek Acres has just recently re-opened. The couple that previously owned the orchard didn’t have the time or energy to keep it up. After 10 years of the orchard sitting neglected, the Pilarczyk’s took up the challenge and are running it as a family business. Honey Creek Acres is located at 799 Swisher View Drive, in Swisher. (If you turn at the Swisher post office, you just need to follow the road for about ½ mile and you are there.) The orchard is open from August to October. You can pick your own apples or purchase some that have already been picked. By next year they hope to have the bakery open too, so it will be a one stop shop for all your apple pie, cider, honey and apple pastry needs.
The girls in my troop had a magnificent time. They received a tour of the orchard via hayrack ride where they viewed all the different kinds of apple trees, the bee hives, and the pumpkin patches. They also learned about what all is involved in maintaining the orchard. After the girls took turns picking their apples they were able to eat them and explore the different areas.
By now, the orchard should have their pumpkin patch ready with games etc for the Halloween season, so if you and your family are interested in having a group outing please consider visiting this amazing local orchard for all your pumpkin and apple needs. They also have field trips available, and the hours are located on their site.
By Kristen Everett