This self-guided driving tour is a tribute to the “living farms” and the people who make them one of our county’s most important assets. You will experience everything from the most modern farming operation to the quaint little family farm of yesteryear. There will be many animals to observe on the farms and in their natural habitat. Some of the most beautiful vistas and drives are available in this part of Jackson County.
The tour can be completed in a couple of hours or it can take up to half a day, depending upon your interests and how long you want to visit.
Stuckwish Family Farms
4683 S. State Road 135, Vallonia
The family farm has a long history in Jackson County and is located 7 miles from Brownstown on State Road 135. Stuckwish’s offers perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, fruits, vegetables, refreshments and an impressive gift shop area.
Hackman Family Farm Market
6077 S. State Road 135, Vallonia, 812-358-3377, Spring through Summer.
The epitome of a family operated farm market, offering everything one would expect from a roadside farm market. Corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, green beans, cantaloupe and even locally produced honey is available at the market, which is operated by generations of the Hackman family and friends. Located between Vallonia and Salem, the farm market is about 10 miles from Brownstown but is well worth the drive.
Tiemeyer’s Farm Market
3147 S. County Road 300 W., Vallonia, 812-358-5618, April through November.
Well known for perennials and annuals and a large variety of gourds, pumpkins and squash, the indoor market features an ice cream shop with food items, fruits, vegetables, candy, jellies and lots of hard to find items. The market offers something for everyone, ranging from peaches and summer squash to zucchini, tomatoes, melons and pumpkins and gourds. There is even a small petting zoo and a miniature golf course.
Seymour Area Farmer’s Market
Walnut Street Parking Lot, Seymour, May through October
Produce and goods of all kinds are welcome to the seasonal farmer’s market in downtown Seymour. “MarketLite” is held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday from Spring through Fall and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in October. The full market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, May through September. The 3rd Saturday of each month, June through September, will be special market Saturdays with cooking demonstrations, kids activities, music and more.
Brownstown Ewing Main St. Farmer’s Market
Heritage Park, near the county courthouse, June through October
Produce and goods are welcome at the courthouse square in Brownstown. The market is held each Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June through October.
Crothersville Farmer’s Market
101 West Howard Street
Produce and goods are welcome. The market is held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 812-390-8217.
5875 E. Co. Rd 875N., Seymour, roadside produce stand.
VanAntwerp’s Farm Market
11181 N. US 31, Seymour, 812-521-9125, roadside produce stand.
Also feature a roadside stand on West Tipton Street.
Lot Hill Dairy Farm
10025 N. Co. Rd. 375E., Seymour, 812-525-8567, www.lothilldairy.com
Family owned fairy farm, making a variety of cheese including a spreadable cheese along with white and chocolate milk. Gelato is also available in a variety of flavors…all made with milk from their stock of dairy cattle. Items are sold at local Farmer’s Markets and from the farm store on their property.
Plumer and Bowers Farmstead
4454 E. Co. Rd. 800N., Seymour, 812-216-4602.
This 1886 same-family farm is transforming from conventional row-crop operation into an all-natural, nutrient-dense production machine. Farmstead goods available include grass-fed, grass-finished beef, pastured eggs, whole wheat floor and popcorn.
The Chateau de Pique Winery and Brewery
features a tasting room and reception area in a gorgeous hillside barn. The tasting room offers free wine tasting seven days a week. Three acres of both white and red grapes dot the property and the wine list boasts roughly 25 varieties, ranging from Riesling to Semi-Sweets to Sweet Ports. And don’t forget to try Chateau de Pique’s beer the next time you visit! Chateau de Pique also has satellite stores in the region.
Chateau de Pique is located at 6361 North County Road 760 East, Seymour, 812-522-9296.
Salt Creek Winery
began in 2010 as a hobby for the Lee family. The winery is located in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana and borders Hoosier National Forest. Along with grape wines, the Lee’s produce wines from blueberries, strawberries, cherries, pears, plums and even wild blackberries. The Salt Creek Winery produces a merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chambourcin, Riesling, sunset red, blackberry, classic white, wild blackberry, plum, blueberry, mango, peach, moscato, sweet red, sweet white, Catawba and red raspberry.
Salt Creek Winery is located at 7603 West County Road 925 North in Freetown. 812-497-0254.
The Seymour Brewing Company
is Seymour’s first operating brewpub. Stop in and try a pint or fill your growler. Live music held from time to time in the brewpub and, when the weather is nice, enjoy tunes at adjoining Harmony Park. A full schedule of artists appear during the summer. A variety of beers are on tap. Located at the Brooklyn Pizza Company.
The Seymour Brewing Company is located at 753 West Second Street, Seymour. 812-524-8888.
Driftwood State Fish Hatchery
Constructed under the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in the late 1930’s, this warm water facility consists of 9 earthen rearing ponds and 1 brood-fish holding pond. The rearing ponds range from 0.6 to 2.0 acres in size and provide a total of 11.6 acres for raising fish. The facility raises 250,000 two-inch bass, 20,000 four-inch largemouth bass and 8,500 channel catfish annually, which are then used to stock Indiana’s many public waters.
(provided by Indiana DNR)
Driftwood State Fish Hatchery is located at 4931 South County Road 250 West, Vallonia, 812-358-4110.
Vallonia Nursery, Division of Forestry
The nursery mission is to grow and distribute high-quality plant materials for conservation plantings to Indiana landowners. Four and a half million seedlings are grown annually from 60 different species. The 250 acre facility produces both conifers and hardwoods.
Vallonia Nursery, Division of Forestry is located at 2782 West County Road 540 South in Vallonia. 812-358-3621
From childhood, George Schneider, had one ambition–to grow trees to enhance the beauty of his surroundings. George began growing trees and shrubs on a small plot of ground that he borrowed from his parents’ chicken hatchery and produce farm.
After high school, George married Mae Ellen Snyder. He and his new wife purchased 24 acres from the family farm and established a retail nursery–Schneider Nursery.
Presently, the nursery is comprised of more than 500 acres of land and is the largest nursery in Southern Indiana. Schneider’s sells landscaping and garden plants both on the wholesale and retail levels.
Schneider’s Nursery is located at 3066 East U.S. 50, Seymour. 812.522.4068.