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Orchards and farms to see impacts of COVID-19 this fall

As temps continue to drop, folks are getting excited about fall weather, decorations, and festivities, but COVID-19 could impact those traditions.
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Posted at 7:47 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 07:48:00-04

NOBLESVILLE — As temps continue to drop, folks are getting excited about fall weather, decorations, and festivities, but COVID-19 could impact those traditions.

At Spencer Farm in Noblesville, you have the opportunity to pick your own produce or mums or whatever they have in season, but because of COVID-19, they have to change some of their policies.

Besides adding hand sanitizer stations throughout the farm, owner Kyle Spencer said there’s one big change customers should know about.

“We are not going to be able to do hayrides this year, and that's going to disappoint a lot of our customers because we've been doing those for so long,” said Spencer.

Spencer told me they are still able to keep most of their traditions alive. Starting September 19th, they will have their U-pick pumpkin patch, and right now they offer U-dig mums and U-pick raspberries.

He said he doesn’t think practicing social distancing will be a problem.

“We all have personal space, and we adhere to it and out when you're in the open here on several acres that's not an issue as far as distancing,” said Spencer.

Inside the Spencer Farm store, they have made a one-way traffic pattern so customers can still come inside and buy fresh goods.

“We have been so richly blessed this year as far as customers coming out because they want to get out anyhow, and this is an activity that they can,” said Spencer.

At Spencer Farm, they ask you to bring your own hand sanitizer if you have it.

Before you head out to your local orchard, be sure to check their website to see what policies they have put in place for 2020.