Today we’re operating under the assumption, prompted by Halloween’s approach, that you’re clamoring to read the instructive tale of Stingy Jack. He’s an eternal wanderer through the long night, with only a glowing lump of coal inside a hollowed-out turnip to guide him.
In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. Immigrants from these countries brought the jack-o’-lantern tradition with them when they came to the United States. They soon found that pumpkins, a fruit native to America, make perfect jack-o’-lanterns.
Southern Indiana’s iconic destination for autumn frolics, not to omit the availability of the pumpkin patch and adult libations (for medicinal purposes only), is Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards.
In an article at Louisville Business First, reporter Haley Cawthon observes that amid the pandemic’s many challenges in 2020, the Huber family’s aggressive planning and protocols have exceeded state norms and made full use of its square-mile footprint.
Fall is usually the busiest times of the year for Huber’s Orchard & Winery. The Starlight, Indiana, business is one of the Louisville area’s largest tourist area attractions with nearly 700,000 visitors in 2019. And unlike many other tourism-centric establishments, Huber’s attendance isn’t down — it’s up.
Huber’s Orchard & Winery never closed when Covid-19 first hit in March, said Lise Kruer, director of marketing. Instead, Huber’s shifted its business model to carryout to accommodate customers while the state was still in its shutdown period.
Huber’s, a family farm since 1843, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.