The heavy feel of a freshly picked pumpkin. The smell of chilled apples waiting to be sold.
The highlights of the Tuttle Orchards tour for students from the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Tuesday morning was somewhat different than the experience of the average tour group – but no less exciting for the eager students.
Children ranging from preschool age to second grade happily searched the pumpkin patch for the perfect Halloween staple and talked with their teachers about their finds.
They stepped inside the apple refrigeration area, shivering and giggling and pulling up their hoods to guard against the chill as a tour guide talked about preserving the apple crop until it is sold.
Guide Lorraine Ewing said she tweaks her tour just slightly depending on the needs of each group that visits the orchard, and it was no different with the students from the school for the blind on Tuesday. While not all the children could see the displays before them, they could still enjoy the sounds, smells and feel of life at the orchard, she said.