Updated September 2019

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: 30 varieties of apples, cider pressing, hayrides, lots of animals, pumpkins, baked goods.

Barnstool Orchards, Utica: 37 apple varieties, pumpkins, peaches and pears for picking. Open -air markets with local product and pantry staples from various vendors.

Circle S Farms, Grove City: Fall Fun Days with farm animals, corn and sunflower mazes, pumpkin picking, hayrides. Bakery offering sweet treats, apple cider, coffee and hot chocolate.

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.

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

Legend Hills Orchard, Utica: apples, peaches, cider, corn, cherries, maple syrup, cheese 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, fresh cider, tomatoes, onions, squash, peppers, cucumbers and peaches.

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!