The Apple Store, a fall favorite at Conner Prairie, will open Sept. 1 for its 38th season. The store will sell a variety of fall treats, including salted caramel apples, toffee apples, cider slushies, apple butter, pies, apple and pumpkin donuts and fresh apples.
“We are super excited about this year. We will be dipping our quarter-of-a-millionth apple in the 38 years since we’ve been running the apple store,” said Lori Goldsby, vice president of communications for the Conner Prairie Alliance. “We have been keeping track of apples along the way, so it’s just a really exciting benchmark to hit.”
The store also offers locally made specialty food items.
“We like to call ourselves the original pop-up shop,” Goldsby said. “Along with our treats, we also offer local Indiana foods and fresh apples from Garwood Orchards in La Porte. We also have some beautifully curated home gifts and decor for fall decorating and a selection of candies that are created especially for us.”
Hand-dipped caramel apples are a crowd favorite each year.
“We sold about 15,000 of those last year,” Goldsby said.
The store also sells slightly bruised apples at half price.
“Guests can come in and get the slightly bruised ones to use to make applesauce and for baking,” Goldsby said. “They’re not good enough for our dipped apples, but the small area can be cut out and the rest of the apple can be used.”
Store procedes benefit the Conner Prairie Alliance.
“We’re an all-volunteer organization that supports Conner Prairie,” Goldsby said. “Our mission is to support programs. This year we’re the title sponsor for the Merry Prairie Holiday Festival.”
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31. During the Headless Horseman event (Oct. 10-13, 17-20, 24-27), the store is open until 9 p.m. Admission to Conner Prairie is not required to enter the Apple Store.