Apple picking marks the end of summer, the start of a new school year, and one of the prettiest times to explore Central Ohio. I was excited to hear about a less-commercialized husband and wife owned u-pick apple orchard just a few minutes northwest of Columbus, near Marysville. The sixty-seven acres that make up CherryHawk Farm were purchased in the fall of 1993. Steve and Wendie started by planting a test area with a couple dozen fruit trees the following spring.
What began with a few fruit trees led to the addition of numerous cherry, apple, and apricot trees. As their orchard started to take shape, the couple realized the soil, micro-climate, and setting were ideal for apples and the customer demand was aimed at apples, and apples alone. Steve and Wendie centered their attention on planting a variety of apple trees and, through word of mouth, sold the first of their fruit in 2003.
A decade later, CherryHawk Farm still takes pride in the fact that they listen to feedback from their customers. When I asked about their plans to expand, they mentioned that Fuji apples were added to their lineup at the request of those who visit. The farm recently started pressing its own cider and also has hopes of making apple butter in the future. Depending on when you chose to visit CherryHawk Farm, their close to 1,000 trees take turns offering several varieties of apples. Pack a picnic and spend a beautiful fall afternoon hand picking a peck (or bushel) to take home with you!
For more on CherryHawk Farm and a recipe for Autumn Apple & Pumpkin Galette click here.