When Simon Huber arrived in southern Indiana from Baden-Baden, Germany in 1843, he knew how to do two things particularly well: grow fruit and make wine. What started out as Simon's humble, 80-acre operation, today stretches across more than 600 acres as one of the state's oldest wineries. It remains a family business, too, with seventh-generation Hubers at the helm.
Open seven days per week, 12 months a year, the facility features u-pick fruits and veggies, a bakery, a cafe, and even a family farm park. All of this activity bustles above the wine cellar, which resides underground beneath the Huber's restored 1938 barn. There, the family transforms 18 different varieties of grapes into award-winning wines, combining modern equipment with old-world winemaking techniques.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Bud's In Bloom is a mother-daughter team with 25 years of experience between the two of them. Present the host of an icy autumnal backyard pool party with one a seasonal arrangement, such as the Leaves of Autumn ($45+), a fusion of orange and red roses accented with leaves and carnations. The bursts of purple, orange, and yellow in the Celebrate the Day bouquet ($45+) are appropriate for any occasion and more exotic options, such as the Tropical Show Stopper ($55+), convey a sense of buying an island. Wedding, sympathy, and holiday collections of flowery foliage can also be customized. Those looking for more edibility may look into a gift basket, like the Classic Fruit Basket (45+), which can be consumed in one gulp by someone whose mouth is the size of a classic fruit basket.
Though his licensed and insured tree-trimming crews expertly prune each tree and shrub, N & S Tree Service owner George Whirley still takes the time to review all residential and commercial projects to ensure the quality of work. During appointments, the staff members carefully cut back overgrown and unhealthy branches, remove unwanted trees, and grind up the stumps. They are also on call to clean up storm damage and dispose of wicked-witch casualties before they attract attention from the local news.
Kelsay Farms continues its harvest-time tradition of opening its gates to the public, inviting families to engage in a cornucopia of autumnal activities. Guests can get an overview of the farming life during hayrack rides, or test their navigational skills in the five-acre corn maze where twists, turns, dead ends, and minotaurs lend a sense of excitement. Tykes can keep occupied with boisterous rounds of "Turkey in the Straw" in the straw play area, climb up Bale Mountain, or coo at adorable fledgling farm animals in the baby barnyard.