Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market is a family farm growing fresh fruits, flowers, and vegetables and providing fun family experiences. Hinton’s Orchard will have two locations –a market in Elizabethtown and the farm market near Hodgenville. Fresh local produce is available April through November at both Hinton’s Orchard locations. In addition to fruits, flowers, and vegetables, customers find a selection of homemade baked goods, gifts, gourmet foods, and much more. You can make a quick trip for dinner ingredients or spend an entire day enjoying a Hinton’s Orchard festival at the farm.
The beginnings of Hinton’s Orchard trace back eight generations to the time that Jeremy Hinton’s first ancestors arrived in LaRue County and began to cultivate the land. However, agriculture has changed much over the last 200 years to bring the Hinton’s main focus to fruits, flowers, and vegetables today.
Jeremy and Joanna Hinton started growing apples and peaches in 2002 upon leasing a LaRue County business institution, the Tommy Bennett Orchards. After four years of leasing, the Hintons purchased their main farm on Campbellsville Road in 2006 and began planting new apple and peach trees. Vegetable production had been a part of Jeremy’s farming operation since returning home from college and seemed like an obvious extension of the seasonal offerings in the new farm market. In the last 10 years, berries and flowers have been added to the farm, vegetable production has grown significantly, and Christmas trees are purchased to expand the season. In late 2015, Hinton’s Orchard purchased the Three Springs Farm Greenhouse location in Elizabethtown and began selling farm grown products from that location.
The farming operation that supports the Hinton’s markets includes 2 acres of strawberries, 1800 apple, peach and pear trees, 100 blackberry & raspberry bushes, 10 acres of pumpkins, 13 acres of vegetables and melons, and 15,000 square feet of greenhouse space for flowers and plants. Burley tobacco and soybean production are also part of the operation.
The Hinton’s strive to provide customers with locally grown products in their markets. While utilizing their own products as much as possible, it is sometimes necessary to purchase produce for the market. Every effort is made to use products from LaRue and Hardin counties first, and nearly all produce is Kentucky grown.
In addition to great fresh products, Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market offers agritourism opportunities in spring, summer and fall at the farm. Visitors can pick their own strawberries in the spring and pumpkins in the fall. The play area, known as Hinton’s FarmLand, is available to customers throughout the year but expands greatly for the fall apple and pumpkin season. Hayrides and a corn maze are part of the fun in September and October. The Hinton’s celebrate their main crops – strawberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins – with farm festivals held at the height of each season.
Hinton’s Orchard is a member of the Kentucky Proud program which promotes Kentucky grown and produced products and Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Roadside Market Program which promotes the state’s roadside farm markets. The Hinton’s are also involved with various other organizations dedicated to advancing Kentucky’s horticulture industry.
Hinton’s Orchard sells products at the LaRue and Hardin County Farmer’s Markets, at the Hardin County Master Gardner’s Plant Fair, and at various community events. Additionally, Hinton’s produce can be found at some local schools, restaurants, and groceries.
The Hinton family works hard to supply your family with beautiful plants and fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables. Jeremy and Joanna and their three children – Jacob, Joslyn, and Joel – look forward to visiting with you at one of the markets soon!
Hinton’s Harvest Calendar
Spring – Flowers, Herbs, & Vegetable Plants, Asparagus & Strawberries
Summer – Peaches, Vegetables, Melons & Early Apples
Fall – Apples, Vegetables, Fresh Apple Cider & Mums
Christmas – Christmas Trees, Gift Baskets & Baked Goods