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‘Agritourism’ Category

Eating Like a Local

A huge part of any travel experience is getting to know local traditions, history and culture. Lucky for you, one can get in touch with all three aspects of these just by eating. We’ve compiled a list of some well-known local restaurants that are sure to make you feel like a native Knox County resident during your time with us!

Sweet

Fudge, chocolate, donuts and more, there are multiple “must try’s” while you’re visiting.

Melon Patch – Specialty

Charlie’s Caramel Corn & Candy Shop – Desserts/Specialty

Jenna’s Bakehouse – Desserts

Fossmeyer’s – Breakfast

Swirls – Desserts

Graze 1885 – Breakfast

Pea-Fections – Desserts/Specialty

 

Savory

If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot, any of these Knox County favorites will have you feeling like a local in no time.

The Melon Patch – All American

Dogwood Barbeque – All American

Dragon 2000 – Asian

Bill Bobe’s Pizzeria – Italian

Byron Bobe’s Pizza House – Italian

Nicole’s – All American

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – All American

Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta – Italian

El Corral – Mexican

La Fiesta (2 locations) – Mexican

Graze 1885 – Specialty

Pea-Fections – Specialty

Cafe Moonlight – Steaks & Seafood

Gilbert’s Restaurant & Pub – Steak & Seafood

Montana Mikes – Steak & Seafood

 

Drinks

Don’t forget to fuel up when you’re hitting the road, or wind down if you’re spending the weekend with some delicious drinks from these local eateries.

I’Mpressed Coffee – Coffee

Graze 1885 – Coffee/Specialty

Vincennes Brewing Company – Bar

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – Bar/All American

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse – Bar/Steak & Seafood

Gilbert’s Restaurant & Pub – Bar/Steak & Seafood

Bring Knox County to Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and that means floods of out of town relatives will be swarming into Knox County, or maybe you’re going out of town for the holidays. Lucky for you, Knox County has plenty of good food you can share with all your friends and family this holiday season.

Photo courtesy of the Windy Knoll Winery Facebook page.

Gifts for the Host

Thinking of a gift for the Thanksgiving host can be a difficult and daunting task. If you’re headed out of town and want to give something you can only get locally, maybe some Vincennes themed gear from Moore & Miller Emporium & Diner will do the trick. Or maybe you’re looking for something sweet; in that case, maybe a variety of candy and caramel corn from Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop, or a nice bottle of wine (or two) from our very own Windy Knoll Winery. A box of homemade fudge from The Melon Patch is also a great way to please your host. Liven up the party with a growler (64 oz bottle) from The Vincennes Brewing Company of their own brewed beer. Pearl & Chrome Home Interiors also offers a great selection of home decor that any home owner would love.

 

Photo courtesy of the Heritage Farms Crafted Meats Facebook page.

Local Ingredients & Dishes

Looking to bring the taste of Knox County to your Thanksgiving plate? Heritage Farms Crafted Meats offers multiple Thanksgiving themed dishes, as well as special bundles for the holidays that are delicious. Apple Hill Orchard has been providing homemade spices and award winning apple cider for years. Or perhaps you’re looking for a less traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Why not opt for something from Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta or a frozen pizza from Bobes? Bringing any of these dishes to your family Thanksgiving will please any crowd.

 

Sweet Treats

If you’ve been assigned to bring a dessert, but don’t want to slave away in the kitchen all day, let some of your local sweet shops help you out! Jenna’s Bakehouse offers cupcakes, cookies, brownies and cakes all year round! Be sure to call ahead and get your order in before it’s too late. If you want to bring something different to your Thanksgiving, why not grab some donuts from Fossmeyer’s Bakery? A crowd favorite is always some turtles or caramel corn from Charlies (which is a holiday staple in many homes). If you want something a little more traditional, pick up a fresh homemade pie from Apple Hill Orchard.

 

No matter what you choose, be sure to shop local this holiday season!

ABC’s of Knox County

We think Vincennes/Knox County is an amazing place to call home. This corn-filled, historic county is a wonderful place to live and is home to many of us. That’s why we thought we would create a sort of ode to Knox County.

Agritourism – the combination of agriculture and tourism. It’s having access to experience what farm life is really like. You can read more about Vincennes/Knox County’s Agritourism scene in our blog.

Blue Jeans Center – Most well known for their Blue Jeans Festival, the Blue Jeans Center is located in the heart of Monroe City and is home to basketball tournaments, graduation parties, and other local events.

County Fair – Everyone looks forward to the Knox County Fair coming around and this year promises fun, great food, activities and fun for the entire family!

Downtown Architecture Tours – Walking guided architecture tours are available during various events throughout the year. Tours begin at the corner parking lot on 6th and Main Streets and guide you down our historic Main Street.

Ellis Mansion – Now known as the Harmony Society, is Indiana’s Oldest Social Club celebrating 130 years!

First Friday Art Walk – Art viewers flood to downtown Vincennes on the first Friday of every month for the First Friday Art Walk, where the art galleries in town display seasonal and new works of art!

Gregg Park – Considered the center-piece of the Vincennes Parks system, Gregg Park is full of rich history, from its early days as home of the Knox County Fair, to the building of three WPA projects in the late 1930’s. Today, Gregg Park has been recognized for its historic significance by being place on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

Harrison Mansion and Museum – Grouseland – Home of William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana territory, later ninth president of the United States. Built in 1803-1804, it was saved from destruction and restored by the Francis Vigo Chapter of the DAR in 1911.

Indiana Military Museum – Having one of the most outstanding displays in the Midwest spanning the Civil War through WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and current engagements, the IMM is truly a Knox County treasure. The newly-opened Annex exhibit space displays feature tanks, artillery and aircraft and the indoor museum showcases uniforms, flags, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs, WWII toys, home front items and vehicles.

Jefferson Academy – Used to interpret the first college in Indiana, the direct predecessor of Vincennes University.

Knox County Parks – Our parks include: Fox Ridge Nature Park, Knox County Dog Park, Ouabache Trails Park, and Kimmell Park.

Local: shop local, eat local, live local – Keeping things local is a recurring theme of Knox County. Businesses and Government officials encourage our community to shop, eat, and live local to support our local business community.

McGrady-Brockman House – The McGrady-Brockman House is the Knox County Public Library’s history/genealogy center and the repository documents from the Old Northwest Territory as well as the Indiana Territory.

National Historical Park – George Roger’s Clark – The park features a massive granite memorial which commemorates the conquest of the Old Northwest Territory, and is the largest national monument outside of Washington, D.C.

Ouabache Trails Park – Located on a 254-acre park on the Wabash River features 4 miles of marked trails, picnic areas & playgrounds in a beautiful wooded setting.

Parade of Lights – A true Christmas staple of Vincennes, the Downtown Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights on Main Street offers people the chance to visit participating merchants offering special deals during the holiday season.

Quality Education: Vincennes University – The first college in Indiana, V.U. is steeped in 200 years of tradition but is definitely in the 21st century, being the State’s premier transfer institution and leader in innovative career programming. The V.U. community ensures educational access, delivers proven associate and baccalaureate programs, and offers cultural opportunities and community services in a diverse, student-centered, collegiate environment.

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy – Celebrating the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest comedians, this 3,500 square foot, fully interactive museum focuses on Red’s life and the many characters, such as Freddie the Freeloader and Clem Kadiddlehopper, whom he brought to life through his radio and television shows.

Sieur De Vincennes – Francois Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes, founded Vincennes in 1732 and built the first fort here on the Wabash River. A statue was put up in his honor, and can be seen at the Downtown River Walk.

Theaters: Red Skelton & Old Town Players – A healthy arts society is vital to the well-being of a thriving, successful community. And a community that supports the arts reaps tangible benefits in the form of economic development, community pride, and enhanced vision for the future. Our community is lucky enough to have not one, but two amazing theaters.

USS Vincennes Monument – Located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge on Vigo Street, commemorates the four naval ships named for our community. The first U.S.S. Vincennes launched in 1826, was the flagship of a U.S. South Seas Exploring Expedition.

Vincennes Rendezvous – Experience Revolutionary Era food, merchants, battle enactments and encampments of the Northwest Alliance, along with more than 100 booths with re-enacters demonstrating early frontier skills and merchants selling period wares. You haven’t had the full Vincennes experience until you’ve visited the Vincennes Rendezvous.

Wabash River – Used as a means of transportation in the early days of our County.  Now a days it’s a focal point of our community, the Riverwalk and Kimmell Park.

Xavier: Old Cathedral – The current Old Cathedral was built in 1826, and stands on the site of three previous churches. The first was a crude log structure built about 1732, where the first Catholic parish in Indiana was formed. Four bishops are buried in the crypt of the current Cathedral, and the adjoining cemetery is the final resting place of over 4,000 early citizens of Vincennes.

You’ll love Vincennes! – Trust us.

Za’: Local Pizzerias – Where you get your pizza is a local feud. But don’t worry, we have plenty of pizzerias to choose from!

Fall Flavors Around Knox County

It might not feel like it, but Autumn is coming people! Festive seasonal flavors have started taking over some of our local restaurants and shops, and we’ve gathered a list so you can be sure to get your fix this fall. Be on the lookout for these seasonal specials in Knox County, and let us know what you think!

Photo courtesy of Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop.

Sweet

Photo courtesy of Pea-Fections.

Savory

Photo courtesy of I’Mpressed Coffee.

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Knox County Fall Bucket List

To help you enjoy all the fall has to offer, we’ve created this bucket list of things every Knox County resident and visitor should experience during this time of the year.

Visit Apple Hill Orchard

After the blazing hot summer we’ve had, there’s no doubt everyone will be welcoming the crisp autumn air with open arms. As the season changes to fall, it’s time to celebrate all of the goodies that come with it! A trip to Apple Hill Orchard is a fall must-do. Grab a fresh apple cider slushie and a homemade caramel apple. You can also buy a variety of apples by the bag, local honey and so much more.

Sample Fall Flavors

As we said earlier, the changing of a season also means bringing in all the seasonal goodies it has to offer. The “Vincennes Historic Farmers Market” is your one-stop-shop for all things produce. The Farmers Market is bursting with all your favorite seasonal foods like apples, pumpkins and pies of all kinds. But you better hurry, because the Farmers Market closes shop for the season at the end of October.

Pick a Pumpkin from Halters Market

When you’re looking for the picture perfect pumpkin to go on your front porch, head to Halters Market. During the fall season, they stock up with gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Explore The Big Peach

You name it, they’ve got it. From produce to pie to honey and more, The Big Peach is sure to fulfill whatever your fall flavored craving may be. During the weekends in October, families can enjoy a fun festival including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house and games.

Pack a Picnic and Get Outdoors

The cooler air is coming, which will make it much more enjoyable to be outdoors. Stop by Jay C Food Stores or the Dutch Pantry for a sandwich from their deli. Once you’ve gathered all your picnic supplies there are plenty of picnic spots to choose from. Here are some of our favorite picnic spots.

Take in the Fall Scenery

Fall brings some of the most beautiful sights to Knox County, without a doubt. Be sure to take advantage of this season by enjoying the changing of the leaves. Here are five places you can go to catch some of the prettiest views in the county:

  • Ouabache Trails Park
  • Gregg Park
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  • Fox Ridge Nature Park
  • Rod and Gun Club Road

Weekend Round-Up

It’s the first weekend of September and that means Autumn on Main, the Kerry Kurt Phillips Concert, and so much more! Check out all the events happening in Knox County this weekend, and how you can take part in what this great city has to offer!

“Autumn on Main” & “First Friday” Art Walk – Main Street/Downtown Vincennes

Main Street comes alive at the annual “Autumn on Main” and the “First Friday” Art Walk on September 6! The much anticipated event includes great food by street vendors, beer and wine tasting, a classic vehicle show, live music, kids’ activities and more!

Stop in the Main Street galleries, Art Space Vincennes, Northwest Territory Art Guild, and the Open Gallery to browse through works of art in a variety of mediums. Many downtown businesses will remain open for shopping during the event.

Vincennes Historic Farmers Market

Take advantage of the fresh, local produce offered at the weekly Farmers Market! The market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers vendors artisan breads, fresh-cut flowers and general store specialty items from 8 AM – 1 PM at the Riverfront Pavilion.

Hoosier Cruisers Cruise-In & Car Show – Riverfront Pavilion & Gregg Park

The Hoosier Cruisers are hosting two great events in Vincennes this weekend! At 7:00pm on Saturday, September 7th, the club will cruise in their classic vehicles from Gregg Park to the Riverfront Pavilion and will be on site until 9:00pm.

On Sunday, September 8th, the classic vehicles will be on display at Gregg Park from 9:00am-2:00pm. All proceeds from the show go toward the annual kids’ shopping trip in October. The public is invited to join in the fun!

“Vincennes Stage Door Canteen USO Night” – Green Activities Center, V.U. Campus

The 11th Annual Vincennes Stage Door Canteen USO Night will be on Saturday, September 7th at the Green Activities Center at Vincennes University. This year, they are helping raise money for the local Indiana Military Museum!

The Homecoming of Award-Winning Songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips – Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, V.U. Campus

Local award-winning songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips will perform at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00pm. The audience is invited to participate during the FREE acoustic performance and Kerry Kurt will take questions and answers throughout the show.

Directly following, Phillips will sit and sign a special “hatch show print” poster for everyone in attendance. A screening of Ken Burn’s documentary, “Country Music” will kick off the evening. This program will air on PBS Sunday, September 15 at 8:00pm. This event is made possible by PBS WVUT.

Second Sunday Nature Walk – Ouabache Trails Park

“Fungi Foray” will be held at Ouabache Trails Park on September 8. Fungi appears in a vast variety of forms and colors which you could explore along the trail, looking for any types and learning some basics about it! Participants should meet at 2 PM in front of the park office.

Great Places to Picnic

 

Fall is coming, and we are ready for the cooler temps! Now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy nature with a picnic.  We’ve compiled a list of picnic spots in Knox County to get you started.

Gregg Park

Gregg Park is set on 40 acres and offers a walking trail, playground equipment and picnic tables, two shelter houses, as well as two tennis courts with lights, a sand volleyball court, a fenced-in area for horse shoes with eight clay horse shoe pits.

Ouabache Trails Park

Ouabache Trails Park is two miles north of Vincennes off of Ft. Knox Road.  The 254-acre park on the Wabash River features four miles of marked trails, picnic areas & playgrounds in a beautiful wooded setting.

Fox Ridge Nature Park

Fox Ridge Nature Park is a 95-acre public use nature park. The focus of the park is to allow the public a space for recreation, which means walking and hiking, bicycling, fishing and exploring the natural world that inhabits the park.  There are picnic tables and a shelter house on site for all your afternoon picnic needs.

River Walk, Downtown Vincennes

The River Walk offers a scenic view of the Wabash River. Spanning Main Street to Hart Street, this is the perfect place to observe nature, while also taking a break for that afternoon snack.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Nothing quite says Knox County like the George Rogers Clark Memorial. Take your lunch break at the park and enjoy the historic site. While you’re there, take a tour of the largest federal monument outside of Washington DC.  The park has tables near the parking lot.

Kimmell Park

Kimmell Park offers panoramic views of the Wabash River and an overlook with scenic stair-step seating leading to the water’s edge.  Park benches and picnic tables provide a perfect setting for a picnic on the river.  They’ve also recently added a new shelter house perfect for an afternoon picnic. Walking trails welcome students and the community to take in views of the river.

Last Minute Summer Fun with Kids

With trails, playgrounds, and museums made for kids, we’ve got everything you need to have a fun day with your kids before school starts back up!

WALK OR BIKE THE RIVERWALK

If you’re looking for a relaxing walk or bike ride location, the Downtown Riverwalk is the perfect place to go. Spanning Main Street to Hart Street with access from either street, the walk is perfect for kids to let out some energy.

Also check it out on Monday nights for Food Truck Monday’s.

TRY FARM-FRESH FOODS AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET

With colorful produce, the smell of freshly baked pastries and various artisan vendors, there’s something to captivate all your senses at every turn at the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market.

GET IN-TOUCH WITH KNOX COUNTY’S HISTORY

Take the kids to learn about the history of WWII at the Indiana Military Museum, featuring displays with tanks, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs and more.

Next, visit the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy to let the kids do what they do best: touch everything! This fully interactive museum focuses on Red’s life and the many characters whom he brought to life through his radio and television shows.

Your kids will be begging to return to these two historic sites, even when school is back in session.

SPLASH AROUND 

When the dog days of summer become too much, head over to Rainbow Beach for some fun at the pool! With water slides and a splash pad area, this family-fun space has something for kids of all ages!

Also be sure to check out the Splash Pads around town located at various parks.

When play time at the pool is over, be sure to stick around Gregg Park and go to one of the many playground areas.

TAKE A HIKE

4 miles of marked trails, picnic areas and playgrounds are what’s in store at Quabache Trails Park. If you’re looking for an overnight adventure, check out their modern rental cabins and RV sites, complete with a full service shower house facility, laundry service center and a whole lot of fun.

If you’re interested in bringing your furry friends along, the Knox County Dog Park is a great place to take them and let them explore.

 

Rainy summer day? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out our Rainy Day blog for things to do while you wait for the storms to pass.

A Harvest of Ripe Adventures

Agritourism is the combination of agriculture and tourism. It’s having access to experience what farm life is really like. It’s picking your own produce from the fields at its peak time. It’s touring the local winery and tasting wines produced right here at home.

Agritourism is an industry that gives both kids and adults a newfound respect for the unknown aspects of growing and raising the food that nourishes our bodies everyday.

Knox County has a variety of different ways to explore our Agritourism industry! Listed below are markets, orchards, food stands and centers to visit in Knox County to find fresh produce and dive into Agritourism, locally!

“Vincennes Historic Farmers Market” – Riverfront Pavilion, Vincennes

Enjoy browsing through items ranging from the season’s best fresh produce to baked goods to perennials. Food, produce and artisan vendors are on site offering everything from snacks, to fresh melons to fine needle crafts under the open-air Riverfront Pavilion.

Apple Hill Orchard – Bruceville, IN. 

This beautiful orchard features a unique trellis system offering apples, peaches, and nectarines. Watch the orchard staff press fresh apple cider on site. Enjoy their baked goods, including pies, cakes and cookies.

Atkinson Farm Yarns – Vincennes, IN. 

With four full rooms of yarns for sale, Atkinson Farm Yarns is a dream come true for the fiber enthusiast. Whether you are coming to the “open knit”, attending a “spinning” or just buying a needle, you will find friendly people there to greet you.

Halter’s Market – Vincennes, IN. 

This locally owned and operated Garden Center offers top-notch homegrown produce, beautiful flowers and a wide variety of vegetable plants all raised in the Halter’s family greenhouse.

Mayall’s Market – Oaktown, IN. 

This market features garden plants and flowers and locally grown produce including tomatoes, squash, cantaloupes, watermelon and more!

McKinley’s Orchard (Fruit Stand & Restaurant) – Oaktown, IN. 

Enjoy fresh peaches, melons straight from the field, ripe sweet corn, tomatoes and more local produce at the roadside market. Stop in for dinner on Friday or Saturday evening for a buffet of delicious home cooking!

Melon Acres – Oaktown, IN. 

The Horrall Family started Melon Acres in 1976. Sophisticated farming methods including high tunnels (greenhouses) provide some of the finest produce in Knox County. Enjoy fresh watermelon, mini watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, asparagus and sweet corn from their farm market!

Prairie Acres Farm Market – Oaktown, IN. 

This charming farm market features watermelons in red, yellow and orange meat and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Southwest Purdue Ag Center – Vincennes, IN. 

A research farm featuring grapes, melons and other produce. The farm investigates sustainable agriculture best practices. Stop by to see agriculture in action!

The Big Peach – Bruceville, IN. 

The Big Peach is a family owned farm market that is open daily May through October. The market offers a variety of fresh produce, Ice cream, jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and more.

The Melon Patch (Fresh Deli & CountryMark Fuel Station) – Oaktown, IN.

The Melon Patch offers fresh local produce, fudge, quick-stop items and unique gifts. You will be delighted at the variety of merchandise available at their gift shop! The Fresh Delish Deli serves breakfast and for lunch, specialty salads and sandwiches.

Windy Knoll Winery – Vincennes, IN. 

This local winery produces its wine in small batches to ensure the highest quality and flavor. Drop in this charming winery for a tasting or enjoy a slushy while you are browsing the gift shop!

2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival

The Annual Knox County Watermelon Festival is this Friday and Saturday at Patrick Henry Square, Vincennes, IN. The festival is a free two-day event filled with contests, concerts, and of course, FREE watermelon! There will be food booths set up both days of the festival. Be sure to stop by either Friday or Saturday for a great family-friendly event!

The festival begins Friday the 3rd at 5:00pm and on Saturday the 4th at 9:00am. The schedule will proceed as listed:

Friday

5:00pm – Vendor Booths Open

  • Food and craft vendors will be lining the street both Friday and Saturday.

5:00pm – Carnival Opens

  • Bring your kids down to Patrick Henry Square for some kids attractions and carnival rides!

5:30pm – Miss Amazing Pageant

  • The mission of Miss Amazing is to provide an opportunity for girls and young women with disabilities to build confidence in a supportive environment. Come out and cheer these amazing ladies on!

7:00pm – Free Concert by Jared & Luke

  • Jared & Luke are a Knox Co. favorite! Be sure to stay for their show Friday night.

Saturday

10:00am – Baby/Toddler Contest

  • All babies are cute, but sign your baby or toddler up for the Baby/Toddler contest to kick off the festival Saturday morning.

1:30pm – 3:30pm – Free Concert by Heath Eric & Molly G

  • Heath & Molly present a professional, passionate, and authentic blend of Rock and Americana. You won’t want to miss this performance!

3:30pm – Seed Spitting Contest

  • Think you can spit watermelon seeds further than your friend? Bring your competition and spit those seeds as far as you can!

4:30pm – Pet Contest

  • Do you have the cutest pet in Knox County? Be sure to register for the Cutest Pet Contest! All proceeds go to the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

6:00pm – Miss Watermelon Pageant

  • The purpose behind this pageant is to award on deserving female high school student a one-time $500 scholarship for their chosen field. This scholarship is made possible by the Illiana Watermelon Association.

The Farbest Foods BBQ Grill Off will take place all day on Saturday.

  • Think you’re BBQ is the best of the best? Test your skills at the Farbest Foods Grill Off!

 

Also be sure to check out The Vincennes Brewing Co. this weekend! They will be releasing their Watermelon Wheat Beer that is made with melons from Mouzin Brothers and helped made by the Knox County Home Brewers Association.

For more information on how to enter these contests, check out the official 2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival page on Facebook, hosted by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce!