Fishers AgriPark just might be my favorite hidden gem ever. I loved it because we went home with free produce. My son loved it because of the farm animals and mud kitchen.
Fishers AgriPark in Hamilton County
Part community urban farm, part park, Fishers Agripark is located in a beautiful, fairly remote section of Fishers, and the drive to get there is part of the experience. Having lived in Hamilton County for 42 years, I remember when Fishers was mostly farm land. In the last 20 years, the population of Fishers has grown tremendously, and the farm land has thus decreased. AgriPark is Fishers way of paying tribute to how Fishers once was.
Animal Encounters and Produce Picking
The entrance of the Fishers AgriPark is a gravel walkway that divides a colorful field of wild flowers and the public field of produce. At the end of the walkway, we were greeted by a volunteer who handed us a cardboard box and gave us instructions about what produce was available to pick.
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We were interrupted on our way to the produce field by a surprising, yet very welcome, animal encounter. A very friendly horse, sheep and cow were gathered to interact with visitors. After making their acquaintance, we visited with a pig and some chickens, then went on our way to gather produce.
We gathered kale, mustard greens and sugar snap peas. I do recommend bringing some garden shears and wearing appropriate footwear — then you won’t leave with dusty toes like we did.
Natural Playground and Mud Kitchen
Before leaving, my son wanted to check out the play area. The play area also required play clothes. The most popular section was the mud kitchen. I think my son could have stayed there for hours playing contentedly. There are several places for grown-ups to sit and read both in the shade and the sun. I spent the time researching what I might do in my own kitchen with our newly acquired produce.
In addition to the free produce, the play area, and the farm animals, there is an accessible- level and shaded nature trail at Fishers ArgiPark. We didn’t visit it this time, as we hadn’t been fully prepared in the footwear department.
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On our way out of the park, we stopped by the volunteer tent, where our produce was bagged and we were handed free squash. On our walk back to the car, I used the wildflower backdrop for a few pictures of my son, and we talked about our next visit, when the green tomatoes we saw might turn red.
More Info on Fishers AgriPark
Fishers AgriPark is located at 11171 Florida Road in Fortville. Hours of operation vary depending on the season, so check the Fishers AgriPark website for more information.