Who We Are 2016-12-29T21:00:50+00:00
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Tuttle Orchards:  a Favorite Central Indiana Farm Destination.

Growing Quality, Harvesting Memories…Year Round!

Tuttle Orchards has been a favorite orchard destination in the greater Indianapolis area since 1928. Over the years, the orchard has progressed from a its beginning as a wholesale orchard to a year round farm destination featuring top quality award winning apples, plants, pumpkins, and local food.

What makes Tuttles Unique?

Top Quality Produce:  Tuttles is known in central Indiana for growing top quality stuff.  We are committed to the old fashioned hard work and agricultural innovations it takes to grow award winning stuff.  See what we grow…

Family Fun & Events:  Tuttles is a favorite family apple picking and pumpkin patch destination every fall.   Check out all our family events and activities…

 

Award Winning Apples: Tuttles grows over 35 varieties of apples.  Our apples and cider have won statewide and national competitions.   See all our apples…

 

Fourth Generation Family Farm:  At Tuttles we are big on family!  Our family growing food for your family.  Your family coming to experience the orchard.

 

Year Round Farm Store: Our farm store is open all year and features not only our own produce, but also lots of produce and products from local farmers and artisans.  Visit our farm store…

 

Educational Tours: Over 10,000 people visit Tuttles each year to learn more about how we grow things, how we make our amazing apple cider, and so much more.  Schedule your group today…

 

Our Mission Statement

To be stewards of God’s blessing bestowed on our farm thereby providing a unique and quality experience for our staff and customers.  

Our Values

Family: As a family owned business, we promote a family friendly atmosphere on the farm and honor our staff’s families.

Quality: We provide quality products and services at affordable prices while maintaining a sustainable business and good quality of life for our staff.

Country Hospitality: We foster an old fashioned, hospitable, caring atmosphere for our staff and customers.

Forward Looking: We will honor the traditions and values of former generations and continue to invest in diversification and innovation to keep pace with our customers and agriculture.

Education: We believe in agricultural education and promote education of our staff and customers.

Christian Stewardship: We strive to honor God through ethical business practices, using our resources wisely, giving back to our community, and not pursuing profit at expense of our values.

Meet Our Staff

Tom Roney
Tom RoneyCo-owner
Tom Roney, received his B.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University. He oversees the apple production at the orchard including planting, tree care, harvesting, and storage. Tom has seen the orchard through four plantings of trees. He is also the master cider maker overseeing the production of 15,000 gallons a year. Tom has been a strong leader in the Indiana Horticulture Society for many years helping to promote orchards and educate other apple growers in Indiana. Tom’s favorite apple is Gala.  Tom is also a retired Navy Seabee. He has been very active in the community and beyond. He currently is involved with Indiana Farm Bureau, Hoosier Heartland RC & D, Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation, and Hancock County Extension. He also serves as a Hancock County Councilman.
Mike Roney
Mike RoneyCo-owner, Vegetable & Greenhouse Production
Mike Roney, a life-long horticulturist, received his B.S. in Horticulture and Horticulture Education from Purdue University. He worked briefly in horticulture education and landscaping before returning to the family retail farm operation in the early 1980s. During his time at Tuttle Orchards, Mike has established and overseen vegetable, berry, and greenhouse crop production, as well as, managing the farm’s retail store and agri-tourism entities. He has expanded Tuttle’s greenhouse crops to include bedding plants, mums, and poinsettias. Recently, he has been pioneering in extending the season through the use of hi-tunnel greenhouses for tomatoes. Currently, Mike oversees all vegetable and greenhouse crop production, and is helping to restore many of our older Farmall tractors. Mike’s favorite apple is Gold Rush. 
Ruth Ann Roney
Ruth Ann RoneyFarm Store & Activities Manager
Ruth Ann, a fourth generation Tuttle, joined the Tuttle’s team in 2006.  At the orchard, Ruth Ann oversees the retail store, fall activities, greenhouse fundraisers.  Ruth Ann is also responsible for keeping you more connected to what’s happening at the orchard through our website, Facebook, and email updates. She is  president of the Indiana Farm Market Association and works with the Hoosier Harvest Market to help promote local foods.  To contact Ruth Ann about anything through the contact form located here.
Thomas Roney
Thomas RoneyApple & Vegetable Production, Wholesale Manager
Thomas Roney joined the Tuttle’s staff full time in 2012. Thomas oversees the creation of the kid’s play areas and agrimaze, handles wholesale accounts, and is managing the the planting of about 3000 more trees in our orchards. Thomas has a great deal of experience in apple and vegetable production and is a fourth generation member of the Tuttle family. Thomas is also certified as a diesel mechanic and keeps our tractors running smoothly.  For information about setting up a wholesale account, you can contact Thomas on our wholesale inquiry form.
Helen Roney
Helen RoneyGroup & Tour Coordinator
Helen Roney has been overseeing the field trip program at Tuttle Orchards since 1989. Under her direction, the program has grown from about one thousand children coming on apple tours to over 10,000 people participating in both apple and pumpkin tour programs.  To contact Helen about booking a group or tour, check out the group and tour information page. Helen also oversees the hiring of our staff, so if you’d like to work at Tuttles chances are you’ll see her friendly face in your interview.  For hiring information, visit our employment page.
Patti SutherlinTote Program and Donations Coordinator
Patti has been with us at Tuttle’s for several years.  She keeps us organized in the office, is a friendly face in our farm store, and coordinates our tote program and Hoosier Harvest Market orders.  Patti also handles questions about donation requests for silent auctions and non profit pricing.  You can contact Patti about these types of requests on our donations page request form.
Kathy Pizzano
Kathy PizzanoFarm Store Supervisor
Kathy has been with us at Tuttles since 2006 and coordinates many of the day to day operations in our Farm Store. 

Luke KnotsVegetable Production
Luke has been with us since 2006 and helps with many areas of vegetable and apple production.  He oversees our winter high tunnel program growing lettuce, greens, and more.  He’s also responsible for making most of our wonderful apple cider. 
Farm Store, Field and Fall Staff
We are very proud of our staff. We know they are the reason many of you come to Tuttles. We have some employees that have been around for over a decade and others that have joined in the last couple years, but they all bring a different aspect of fun and knowledge to the Tuttle’s team.  Our field staff are experts at picking produce at the peak of its freshness. From bringing in bushels of apples to picking sweet corn every morning in the summer, these guys go above and beyond.  Fall at the orchard is a busy time, and it takes many hands to make it all happen. We are blessed every year to have a great group of people who join us for the fall season.