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.
Celebrating its 32nd season, the Apple Store is a fall staple in Hamilton County, Indiana that 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 helped support a new roof for the Animal Encounters barn, agriculture and theater programs and more. Since opening in 1985, the Apple Store has raised $1.1 million to support Conner Prairie. 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.
This year, to celebrate the new seven acre corn maze at Conner Prairie, enjoy the "aMAZEing Candy Corn Apple" which is caramel and chocolate dipped, topped with sea salt and rings of candy corn.
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 opens for the season Sept. 1 and operates Tuesdays through Sundays until Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. During October’s Headless Horseman, hours will be extended until 9 p.m. The store will be open Labor Day and Halloween.