School Tours & Parties

School Groups and Barn Rentals

Create special memories at Schwallier’s Country Basket. We can help you plan an event customized to your group’s needs.

Parties (Barn Rentals)

We have a large variety of activities, including wagon rides into the orchards; pick your own raspberries, apples, and pumpkins and more. The upstairs of the barn can be reserved for your party (cost is $100 for two hours of barn rental only), with picnic tables set up and available for your use. Click the link below to book your party online now. (Please note that the maximum capacity of the barn is 120 people.) Or contact us today to discuss your group needs. Thanks! Please note: A non-refundable $20 deposit is required at a time of booking.

School tours

During the months of September and October, Schwallier’s Country Basket will open the orchard to give school groups a firsthand opportunity to visit a working family farm. Weekday apple tours are led by our knowledgeable staff members and are a great educational experience. Students will learn about the farm, pollination, growing and raising apples, harvesting apples, and other fun farm facts. Group tours are $5 per person (teachers and one aide are free). Payment may be made the day of the tour.

Each tour includes:

  • Educational talk on the apple cycle from pollination to harvest.
  • Time to visit with the farm animals, including baby goats.
  • Fun time on the slide and the straw barn.
  • A snack time consisting of a fresh donut, apple, and a cup of cider for each student.
  • A trip to the pumpkin patch to pick a small pumpkin.
  • A tour of the farm market store.

Note to teachers:

  • Please bring a plastic bag for each student to carry their goodies in. Also, paper towels in case of mud, hand sanitizer, and a marker to label bags.
  • The Tour is rain or shine so please have the students dress for conditions.
  • Allergy warning: our facility does use eggs, wheat, tree nuts, and peanuts. If a tour participant has allergy issues, please have the person bring his/her own snack.
  • Please include in your reservation the total number of students AND chaperones. We must know how many people total are part of the group so that we can prepare donuts and cider accordingly.

 

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Rates
School Tours: $5/person (teachers and one aide are free)
Barn Rental: $100 for 2 hours

Call 616-785-9896 or email apples@schwalliers.com with further questions.