It’s the most magical (and delicious) time of the year!
Well, it is for me, at least. See, I love fall. I also love apples that are hand-dipped in caramel and sprinkled with chopped peanuts. And these two loves of mine have come together year after year at the Apple Store at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana.
The Apple Store is a fall staple in Hamilton County, Indiana I have never missed. As a little girl, my mom and I visited each year to pick out our favorite sweet treats. Now that I have children of my own, I am able to continue the tradition.
History of the Apple Store
Did you know the Apple Store is run by the Conner Prairie Alliance, an all-volunteer women's group that includes more than 100 members? They stay busy during the eight weeks dipping apples, greeting visitors and selling treats.
Last year, store sales raised $100,000 for Conner Prairie. The funds support a variety of programs and exhibits at Conner Prairie. Since opening in 1985, the Apple Store has raised more than $1 million. I guess you could say an apple a day keeps the doctor away - and keeps Conner Prairie awesome.
What to Buy
Products made and sold in the Apple Store include hand-dipped caramel apples, fresh popcorn, apple pies, fall decor and candy and treats of all kinds. Longtime specialties returning this year include caramel apples dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with sea salt and Annie’s Apple, a freshly cut apple drizzled with caramel.
Did you know last year the Apple Store sold:
*9,172 frozen apple cider slushies
*5,671 nutty caramel apples
*5,431 plain caramel apples
*1,436 bags of fresh popcorn
Plan Your Visit
The Apple Store is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, starting Sept. 1 and ending Oct. 31. During Headless Horseman, hours will be extended until 9 p.m. Admission is not required to enter the Apple Store.
What Apple Store treat is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more fall fun in Hamilton County, Indiana.