This post is written by Nick Dekker, blogger at Breakfast with Nick and author of a book all about breakfast in Columbus. You can follow him on Twitter @BreakfastwNick.

After hot summer days, we’re all looking forward to the cooler breezes of fall, especially getting outside and exploring the countryside. Many families gear up to go apple-picking, to play fall games, or to snag pumpkins on a hayride.

Take a look through this beginning list of orchards, farms, and their activities, then plan some orchard exploration this fall!

Apple Hill Orchard, Mansfield: apples, cider pressing, wagon rides, lots of animals, pumpkins and peaches, baked goods.

Barnstool Orchards, Utica: apples, peaches, and pears for picking. Find them at local farmer’s markets, too!

Circle S Farms, Grove City: Fall Fun Days with farm animals, corn and sunflower mazes, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and tractors.

Doran’s Farm Market, New Albany: green beans, corn, and tomatoes for picking. A barn loaded with spices, fresh produce, cookware, home décor, candles.

Jacquemin Farms, Plain City: pumpkin-picking, hayrides, donuts and cider in the barn, and the big Kiddie Playland with mazes and bouncy houses.

Lawrence Orchards, Marion: pick your own apples and peaches, cider, corn, squash, pumpkins, horseradish, and eventually Christmas trees!

Legend Hills Orchard, Utica: apples, peaches, cider, corn, cherries, maple syrup, and beef jerky.

Lynd’s Fruit Farm, Pataskala: acres and acres of apple picking, hayrides through the orchard, a corn maze, and the big market tent with loads of produce and spices, decorative gourds, cider, Amish fry pies and other baked goods.

Ochs Fruit Farm, Lancaster: apples, plums, pears, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers, cucumbers, and apple cider slushies!

Pigeon Roost Farm, Hebron: a market with loads of pumpkins, corn, and other farm goodies, and the Great Pumpkin Fun Center, a giant field with slides, games, animal-feeding, mazes, hayrides, and so much more.

Schacht Farm Market, Canal Winchester: pick your own pumpkins, or buy cider, apples, corn, straw.

Remember to always check websites and Facebook pages for event calendars and produce availability first!