Fall Fun at Orchards and Farms Around Columbus
September 12, 2014
Show of hands: how many of you are excited for fall? It’s one of the best times of the year: pumpkins, hayrides, cider, donuts, colorful leaves. What’s not to like about it? Fall is a great time to get out and have some family fun. To help you make the most of these crisp autumn days, visit one of these orchards!
Circle S Farms, Grove City. Circle S offers Fall Fun Days from late September through the end of October. The whole family can interact with farm animals, run through corn and sunflower mazes, check out the antique tractors and pick pumpkins. Their hayrides are accessible for all mobility needs, too!
Doran’s Farm Market, New Albany. Doran’s farm isn’t extensive, but their simple barn is loaded with fresh produce and goods like spices, cookware, candles and home decorations. Huge fields of corn, tomatoes and green beans are ready for picking.
Jacquemin Farms, Plain City. Jacquemin Farms is made for the whole family. Take a hayride out to their 15-acre pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin, then let the little ones (10 and under) romp in the Kiddie Playland, with three big bouncy houses, grain boxes for playing in, and a straw maze. Afterwards, stop in the barn for donuts and cider!
Legend Hills Orchard, Utica. Legend Hills is open year round, and during the summer months the orchards are full of peaches. But fall is an ideal time for buying bushels of apples. While you’re there, load up on pie cherries, cider, sweet corn and maple syrup. And don’t miss out on Uncle Mike’s Beef Jerky!
Lynd’s Fruit Farm, Pataskala. Lynd’s boasts almost 500 acres of farms and orchards. Their popular U-Pick schedule rotates each week, moving through the season from Gala to Jonathan, Suncrisp, Goldrush and more. After you’ve picked a bushel or two, stop by The Market to for Amish baked goods, cider and decorative gourds. Lynd’s also offers pumpkin picking, hayrides and a corn maze. Keep an eye on the website, or sign up for their e-mail newsletter to stay updated with picking schedules.
Ochs Fruit Farm, Lancaster. Ochs serves up bushels of apples, plums and pears, plus a line-up of veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, squash and peppers. Still feeling the heat of summer? Cool down with a sip of fall: an apple cider slushie! If you can’t make the trek, look for Ochs at the Clintonville and Granville farmers markets.
Pigeon Roost Farm, Hebron. A short drive east on I-70 takes you to Pigeon Roost in Hebron, open daily from mid-September to early November. Although it doesn’t boast u-pick options, the farm is loaded with family fun. Shop for pumpkins, gourds, and country knick-knacks, or pay the admission fee for access to the Great Pumpkin Fun Center. Kids will love the slides, feeding the goats, climbing on old tractors, rolling the giant tubes and climbing over hay bales. Take a hayride around the pumpkin patch, or get lost in the corn maze. There’s even a lower-height alfalfa maze for the young ones.Schacht Farm Market, Canal Winchester. Schacht is a family-owned market operating on their 60-acre farm. Bring the family out to buy apples, cider, potatoes, Indian corn, and straw, or head out to pick your own pumpkins and greens. You can also pick up mushroom compost for your home garden.
Produce availability and event schedules may vary with the season for each farm or orchard, so make sure you call ahead or look them up online first!