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The Community Orchard

The Community Orchard The Community Orchard is a 50 acre apple orchard located in North Central Iowa. Food, decor, memories Dress a scarecrow and take a picture.

The Back 40 Playground is a 4 acre playground for kids and adults. It features a large jumping pillow, farm tile slide, farm tile rollers, goats and highland cattle. Try the pedal karts, play in the corn box and participate in the duck races. Playground hours are daily from 10-6...come out and enjoy a fantastic fall day with great food finds. Try our Caramel Apple Flat pies, apple cider donuts, ea

The Back 40 Playground is a 4 acre playground for kids and adults. It features a large jumping pillow, farm tile slide, farm tile rollers, goats and highland cattle. Try the pedal karts, play in the corn box and participate in the duck races. Playground hours are daily from 10-6...come out and enjoy a fantastic fall day with great food finds. Try our Caramel Apple Flat pies, apple cider donuts, ea

Temporarily closed

01/01/2023

We wish you all a very happy new year!! ✨❤️

We will open again August 1st, 2023
12/29/2022

We will open again August 1st, 2023

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas alongside the ones you love! ❤️
12/25/2022

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas alongside the ones you love! ❤️

To all, a special thank you from us at The Community Orchard! Until we see you again next year, Merry Christmas and Happ...
12/24/2022

To all, a special thank you from us at The Community Orchard! Until we see you again next year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ❤️

12/23/2022

Today is our last day of the season! We are open from 9 to 4. Feel free to call or message us if we can help you with anything. Stay safe! ❄️ 🥶

Still have some shopping left to do?
12/22/2022

Still have some shopping left to do?

Fun time last night! Thanks again to Pallet Ju**ie for coming out 🎨
12/22/2022

Fun time last night! Thanks again to Pallet Ju**ie for coming out 🎨

Thank you ladies for braving the cold to come paint! We had a lot fun!
Thank you The Community Orchard for hosting!
For the ladies that are requesting kits, I’ll be messaging you for pick up at my home when they are ready to go.
Thank you!

Stop out before December 23rd to get your last fill of Apple Cider for the year and snag some apples for everyday eating...
12/20/2022

Stop out before December 23rd to get your last fill of Apple Cider for the year and snag some apples for everyday eating, canned goods, or to make some delicious treats over the winter season!
Open 9-6pm until Friday!

A yummy lunch for our last week open! 😋 Serving 11-2 every day
12/19/2022

A yummy lunch for our last week open! 😋 Serving 11-2 every day

12/19/2022

The End of the Year Sale starts today!! 🛍️ 30% off the entire Attic with some brand exclusions.
Sale ends on our last day of the season, December 23rd.

12/18/2022

Our last week we are open, we hope to see you out here!
Open 9-6pm until December 23rd.

A fan favorite is back this week 🥧😋 Be sure to make a stop at the orchard so you don’t miss this yummy lunch!
12/12/2022

A fan favorite is back this week 🥧😋 Be sure to make a stop at the orchard so you don’t miss this yummy lunch!

12/09/2022

Reminder: if you had professional Santa pictures taken while he was here, they are ready to be picked up at the orchard! ❤️

🥁 Presenting this weeks special! 😋
12/06/2022

🥁 Presenting this weeks special! 😋

12/05/2022

Call us Santa! 🎅🏻 We just packaged and shipped over 200 custom gift boxes today! 🎁

Call us or stop in and we’ll be happy to help you personalize your own box to gift to that special someone this year! ❤️

12/03/2022

Stop in and delight yourself with this special offer this weekend only! 🍩☕️

12/03/2022

Come see us at the Saint Edmond’s Craft & Vendor Show from 8-2pm today! Get your Christmas shopping done with the 127 vendors that are here. 🎁🎄

Event information: https://fb.me/e/572XEo1YR?mibextid=RQdjqZ

It’s FRI-YAY! 🙌 And if you’ve never tried our Doc Otto’s, it’s time to treat yo’self! 😋
12/02/2022

It’s FRI-YAY! 🙌 And if you’ve never tried our Doc Otto’s, it’s time to treat yo’self! 😋

Until the end of season: our bags/boxes of apples are Buy One Get One Free and our Fresh Pressed Apple Cider is Buy One ...
11/30/2022

Until the end of season: our bags/boxes of apples are Buy One Get One Free and our Fresh Pressed Apple Cider is Buy One Get One 50% off—including 1/2 gallon and gallon jugs!

We’re beyond grateful for all of you! THANK YOU for voting The Community Orchard as Best Entertainment for Kids and fina...
11/30/2022
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We’re beyond grateful for all of you! THANK YOU for voting The Community Orchard as Best Entertainment for Kids and finalists for the Best Pie! ❤️ We are dedicated to creating a remarkable experience for you and your family from the food to play!

See if your faves came out on top.

Did you stop down and see Santa Claus this weekend at the orchard? Share the pictures with us in the comments! ❤️
11/29/2022

Did you stop down and see Santa Claus this weekend at the orchard? Share the pictures with us in the comments! ❤️

Anybody else love a good sandwich, especially on an everything bagel?! 🥯 Serving 11-2pm
11/28/2022

Anybody else love a good sandwich, especially on an everything bagel?! 🥯 Serving 11-2pm

11/26/2022

It’s the most magical time of year and Santa Claus is here!! 🎅🏻❤️🎄
Stop down this weekend from 10-5pm to deliver your list! 📜💌

11/25/2022

Did Santa just make his grand arrival on a fire truck?! 🎅🏻🚒 He sure did!! We’re so happy to carry on this tradition for Fort Dodge! ❤️

11/25/2022

Less than 1 hour!! 🎅🏼 🎅🏼 🎅🏼

11/25/2022

Grab your fellow Black Friday shopaholics and meet us out at the orchard because our Black Friday starts NOW! 🙌🛍️🖤

11/25/2022

SANTA!! is coming to town! T O D A Y at The Community Orchard! Making his g r a n d arrival at 10am.
He’ll be here for donuts, hot cocoa, and pictures with all of the children from 10-5pm all weekend long! 🎅🏻❤️

We hope you have a beautiful thanksgiving with the people you love! ❤️
11/24/2022

We hope you have a beautiful thanksgiving with the people you love! ❤️

Black Friday sales happening this weekend!Don’t forget Santa will make his magical arrival at 10am on Friday morning! Yo...
11/23/2022

Black Friday sales happening this weekend!
Don’t forget Santa will make his magical arrival at 10am on Friday morning! You won’t want to miss how special it will be! ✨🎅🏻

11/23/2022

✨BOGO deals and 40% off at the orchard✨
Friday, November 25th - Sunday November 27th!

Stop out for your Black Friday shopping 🖤🛍️

Back, by popular demand, for Thanksgiving week! 🙌
11/21/2022

Back, by popular demand, for Thanksgiving week! 🙌

Such a fun ladies night last night with Pallet Ju**ie here at the orchard! Great group of ladies and all did great!! ❤️ ...
11/18/2022

Such a fun ladies night last night with Pallet Ju**ie here at the orchard! Great group of ladies and all did great!! ❤️ Thank you all for joining!! Excited to do it again in a couple of weeks!

Your wife called, she said these cute gift bundles are the way to her heart this year! 😍🎁 But seriously, how perfect are...
11/15/2022

Your wife called, she said these cute gift bundles are the way to her heart this year! 😍🎁 But seriously, how perfect are these for sister gifts or even mama gifts, too?!

Serving lunch 11-2pm daily 😋 What’s your favorite lunch you’ve had here at the orchard? 👇
11/15/2022

Serving lunch 11-2pm daily 😋 What’s your favorite lunch you’ve had here at the orchard? 👇

Mark your calendars…we’re excited for SANTA’S special arrival to the orchard on November 25th!! 🎅🏻
11/15/2022

Mark your calendars…we’re excited for SANTA’S special arrival to the orchard on November 25th!! 🎅🏻

You’ll want to call and order ahead of time to be sure you get your pie of choice by Thanksgiving. 🥧 (515)-573-8212Open ...
11/14/2022

You’ll want to call and order ahead of time to be sure you get your pie of choice by Thanksgiving. 🥧 (515)-573-8212

Open daily from 9-6pm

11/12/2022

Guess who’s coming to town….🛷

Stay tuned for final details! ❤️

Taking the day to salute and honor those who have served. The Community Orchard appreciates you! ❤️🇺🇸
11/11/2022

Taking the day to salute and honor those who have served. The Community Orchard appreciates you! ❤️🇺🇸

You’re gonna want to stop in and try it for yourself!  😋 🍽️Serving lunch daily from 11-2pm
11/07/2022

You’re gonna want to stop in and try it for yourself! 😋

🍽️Serving lunch daily from 11-2pm

Address

2237 160th Street
Fort Dodge, IA
50501

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm

Telephone

+18885738212

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Community Orchard began in the early 1940’s when a local medical doctor and his wife bought the current farm. Originally it was operated as a dairy. Dr. Paul Otto and his wife Edna were friends of a professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Otto invited his professor friend to come down and visit them at their newly purchased dairy farm.

During their visit they talked about planting a few different varieties of apples to see what might grow in Iowa….after a few years the trees began to produce and the good doctor gave his apples away to his patients. He started getting knocks on the door from local people wanting to buy some of his apples. The next fall they sold their apples underneath a tree from a farm trailer opening the gate at 1:00 p.m. to find cars eagerly lined up hoping to buy apples. The customers would run back to the wagon and within 30 minutes the doctor would sell out of produce and be forced to turn away many customers.

After some time they decided to continue to plant trees. In 1952, the dairy barn was turned into an apple barn and in 1962 they advertised for a full time hired man to help with the orchard. This man was my father-in-law. Greg and I were married in 1970 and 1971 was my first season working at the orchard. In 1981 we became 50% owners and in 1990 we purchased Greg’s parents half.

We have now grown immensely including our Apple Orchard Home (located in the old “hay mow”) that houses all of our boutique items, home decor, clothing and much more. We also added the Orchard Cafe where you can enjoy a delicious lunch. Our latest addition to the Community Orchard is The Back 40 Playground. It is a 4 acre playground for kids and adults. It features a large jumping pillow, farm tile slide, farm tile rollers, goats, llamas and two pot bellied pigs....

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Bulk cutting board order ready! Thanks Community Orchards, Inc.! Can’t wait to visit the orchard!
Congratulations to Emily and Denny Stucky, the new owners of Community Orchards, Inc.! Thank you for celebrating with the Growth Alliance Ambassadors!
Are you looking for last minute gifts? A host/hostess gift? Check out Community Orchards, Inc.!

They have ready-made, curated gift baskets, or you can make your own with their delicious apples, soups, salsa, baked goods, wine and more for a more personalized experience. But make sure you stop by soon! Their last day of the season is December 23rd.

Camden Carlson, 1, of Stratford, picks out his first pumpkin for Halloween on Saturday at the Community Orchards, Inc.
Did you know that Meals on Wheels depends on donations from private individuals and businesses? Our community has really stepped up! We appreciate your donations from sponsorships to prizes to auction items to ticket sales for Trivia Night. It’s not too late to join the fun this Saturday night at 6pm at Willow Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant.

Thank you to Soldier Creek Winery, Community Orchards, Inc., Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, Pancheros Mexican Grill, River Hops Brewing, Fort Dodge Country Club, Central Perk & Dessert, Humes Distributing, Inc., Mikos and Matt Furniture, Sawyer's Meats of Iowa, Inc., Kirkberg Connections, LLC, Amigos Bar & Restaurant, Mineral City Mill and Grill, and others for prizes and auction items.

Thank you to UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge, Cargill, Fort Dodge Oral Surgery, and Fort Dodge Ford Toyota for Platinum sponsorships of the Trivia Night event. See the comments for more of our wonderful sponsors.
What a nice gentleman. Thank you, Steve! Many years of making memories at the Orchard!
There’s still time to visit Community Orchards, Inc. near Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau this fall! Enjoy the marketplace with delicious eats and endless gifts plus the kiddos will enjoy The Back 40 with slides, 2 jumping pillows, goats to feed, trikes to rides, and more!!

Who are you taking with you?!
EHP Influencers at 🍎 Community Orchards, Inc.! 🍎

Sweater weather is better together.

What a FUN day! This is the BEST season, and I absolutely loved hitting up the orchard with these beauties! Love the time we get to spend together! 🍁🍂

A huge THANK YOU to Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brookstone Fort Dodge, and Community Orchards, Inc. For having us visit this week! We always have a blast in Fort Dodge and this trip was no exception! Until next time…::
Folks, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Community Orchards, Inc. outside Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau!! So much fun for kids & kid-sized adults alike! 😉

“The apple orchard is such a family friendly place! It makes me want me want to get married and have kids, so we can hang out here.” - Sophia Carver
With the kids going back to school tomorrow, fall is in the air (as long as you ignore the temperature), and when we think fall, we think of the Community Orchard. The orchard serves lunch every day and features the Back 40 Playground, a lovely boutique, and plenty of perfect spots for pictures. Check out the orchard today and follow their page Community Orchards, Inc. to learn about upcoming events. 🍎
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