Guide to U-Pick Farms in Central Ohio For Sweet And Tasty Memories

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Written by Step Out Columbus

Published on May 29, 2024
Photo courtesy of Paige’s Produce/Family farm market on Facebook

Some of my favorite memories as a kid involved going to Red Wagon Farms up in Northeast Ohio to pick strawberries.

I swear, no candy can compare to the sweetness of fresh-picked fruit. And as a Columbus resident for nearly 7 years now, it’s great to see that U-Pick farms and events are just as popular down here as they were when I was a kid in Cleveland!

So, if you’ve been craving the freshest fruits grown by the most hardworking farmers around, you’ve come to the right place. These farms let you pick your own fruits directly off the plants, an activity perfect for families, dates, or just a relaxing day by yourself!

Be sure to check with each individual business (either by phone or checking their social media accounts and websites) to see if they are currently offering U-Pick events.

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Photo courtesy of Paige’s Produce/Family farm market on Facebook

Hann’s Farm Market LLC

4600 Lockbourne Rd, Columbus, OH 43207 | (614) 491-0812

Hann Farms is your summer hotspot for fresh strawberries, corn, tomatoes, beans, peaches, and more! Come autumn, get festive with pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and all sorts of fun decorations. Plus, you can grab homemade noodles, salad dressings, and refreshing apple cider to complete your farm adventure.

Doran’s Farm Market

5462 Babbitt Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 | (614) 855-3885

Visitors to the farm can enjoy strawberry picking until the ripe berries run out, with a requirement to arrive at least an hour before closing. It’s important to check the farm’s website for daily updates on patch availability. At $3.29 per pound, strawberries can be picked along with other U-Pick options like sugar snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, and pumpkins, depending on the season. The farm also offers a market with jams, jellies, pickled vegetables, and more for purchase.

Lynd Fruit Farm

9399 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062 | (740) 927-8559

At The Patch on 37, enjoy a berry fun summer with red raspberries from mid-June to early July and black raspberries from late June to early July. Head to the Morse Rd. Farm for a sunflower spectacle from August 25 to September 4. As the weather cools, apple picking heats up on select dates in September and October and pumpkin picking picks up around late September through mid-October. Stay in the loop with their Cider Press newsletter, Facebook updates, or the U-Pick hotline at 740-814-4196.

Mitchell’s Berries and Blooms

9331 Mitchell-Dewitt Rd, Plain City, OH 43064 | (937) 243-0635

Mitchell’s Berries and Blooms, a family farm passed down through generations for over 200 years, invites you to a charming back-to-the-farm experience. Farmer Paul and his berrygirl offer U-Pick strawberries by reservation in mid-late May and June. Fresh asparagus is also available during strawberry picking hours. Keep an eye out on their social media accounts or give them a call for more berry-picking fun and unique events in 2024!

Jacquemin Farms

7437 Hyland-Croy Rd, Plain City, OH 43064 | (614) 873-5725

Jacquemin Farms, a family-run business for over 35 years, offers a delightful U-Pick experience with 2.5 acres of strawberries and 15 acres of pumpkins. Known for their commitment to sustainability and quality, the farm connects families to the land and provides the freshest produce. Come enjoy a fun-filled day at the farm and visit their home market for more fresh, high-quality goodies.

Champaign Berry Farm

5676 E State Rte 29, Urbana, OH 43078 | (937) 232-7525

There’s nothing more beautiful than a day at the farm! With their crops expected early this year, raspberry picking might start as soon as mid-June. Enjoy the sight of blackberries, red raspberries, black raspberry blooms, and “baby” gooseberries while on the property. The crew at Champaign Berry Farm is currently busy thinning peaches to ensure they grow to a perfect size and keep the trees healthy.

The Berry Farm

23861 OH-4, Richwood, OH 43344 | (937) 594-9173

The Berry Farm, formerly JB Farm Market, offers delightful U-Pick experiences with strawberries in June and blackberries in mid-July and August. Strawberry season kicked off on Tuesday, May 21st, with U-Pick strawberries priced at $3.99 per pound and baskets provided. Check their website for more details!

Legend Hills Orchards

11335 Reynolds Rd, Utica, OH 43080 | (740) 892-2498

Legend Hills Orchard invites you to experience their delightful Pick-Your-Own apple and peach orchard. Call ahead for the latest picking updates. Enjoy a relaxing, family-friendly experience as you select the freshest peaches and apples. Remember to check in at the farm market or Pick-Your-Own tent for containers and varieties. Thoroughly wash all fruit before enjoying!

The Orchard & Co.

7255 US-42, Plain City, OH 43064 | (614) 873-0510

It’s never too early to embrace the fall spirit, especially once apple picking begins at The Orchard & Company! While the excitement builds for autumn adventures, mark your calendars for scheduled U-Pick apple weekends starting in September. Enjoy a range of family activities including tractor-drawn wagon rides, a corn pit, jumping pillows, and more. Treat yourself to delicious goodies from the café and explore the market for fall décor and freshly baked goods.

Branstool Orchards

5895 Johnstown-Utica Rd NE, Utica, OH 43080 | (740) 892-3989

Branstool Orchards, located just 45 minutes northeast of Columbus in the scenic countryside of Utica, Ohio, is a must-visit destination. The market is open on weekends in May and June from 10am-5pm, offering a wide variety of produce, plants, flowers, baked goods, and more. Visitors can enjoy cling peaches and melons shipped in fresh from the South, blueberry donuts, local honey, and syrup. Branstool Orchards also features U-Pick options for peaches, apples, and flowers later in the season, with a picturesque 75-acre orchard known for its high-quality fruit and delightful open-air market.

CherryHawk Farm

16220 Springdale Rd, Marysville, OH 43040 | (937) 642-6442

Experience apple picking the way it used to be at this charming orchard, offering over a dozen varieties throughout the season in a beautiful, natural setting. Despite facing six freezes and numerous frosts, the orchard is optimistic about a fruitful season, with apples expected to be ready around August 1. Visitors can look forward to a variety of apples, including Honeycrisp, McIntosh, and Red Delicious, available from late summer through the fall. Additionally, sunflower seeds have been planted for the 2024 season, offering even more beauty for your U-Pick experience.

Willoughby Grove Farm

5750 Gale Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062 | (740) 963-6010

Willoughby Grove Farm is a family-owned U-Pick blueberry farm offering a delightful berry-picking experience. Open during berry season (late June – August), the farm welcomes visitors on Saturdays from 8am-5pm and Sundays from 10am-5pm, with occasional Friday openings depending on berry availability and weather. Here, you’ll find Draper, Blueray, Bonus, and Aurora blueberries. Admission is free, and you only pay for the berries you pick (cash or check only). Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for real-time updates, and enjoy easy on-site parking. Note that pets are not allowed in the berry field.

Knox Berry Farm

11895 Bryant Rd, Mt Vernon, OH 43050 | (740) 397-4959

Knox Berry Farm is a U-Pick fruit and vegetable farm perfect for family outings and memory-making. Visitors can pick a variety of produce, including raspberries, tomatoes, blackberries, green beans, peppers, pumpkins, and more. Picking season here usually begins around July 4th, but be sure to check out their Facebook page for all the latest information.

Paige’s Produce

7975 Cincinnati-Zanesville Rd SW, Amanda, OH 43102 | (740) 601-8419

Paige’s Produce is a family-operated farm and orchard in Fairfield County, owned by Brian and Kelly Helser since 1999. They offer U-Pick opportunities throughout the summer and fall, including peaches, apples, and pumpkins, making it a perfect destination for family fun. In addition to selling their carefully grown and packed produce at several Central Ohio farmers markets and their farm in Amanda, they also provide weekly produce deliveries through their CSA program. Delivery is available in Columbus, Lancaster, Amanda, and surrounding communities.

Apple Hill Orchards

1175 Lexington Ontario Rd, Lexington, OH 44904 | (419) 884-1500

Apple Hill, founded during the Great Depression, has evolved from selling crates of apples out of a barn into a thriving agricultural and retail operation committed to fresh, sustainably grown produce. This orchard is a hub of entertainment, family fun, healthy food, and mouthwatering donuts. Visitors can enjoy picking peaches, apples, Bartlett pears, tart cherries, German prune plums, pumpkins, and various vegetables. The picking season kicks off with tart cherries around late June, but check their website or social media for updates.

Charlie’s Apples

1740 Sportsman Club Rd NW, Newark, OH 43055 | (740) 350-4270

Charlie’s Apples is a small, chemical-free commercial orchard nestled in the rolling hills of Licking County, Ohio. For 25 years, this pick-your-own orchard has offered a variety of crisp and tasty disease-resistant apples. The orchard is dedicated to sustainable agriculture, using no fungicides, herbicides, or synthetic chemicals. Visitors can enjoy the rich flavor of Ohio apples grown in an ecologically healthy environment, appreciating the natural taste and quality of organically grown produce, despite occasional imperfections.

Olivesburg Berry Patch

1820 Adams Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903 | (866) 422-3779

Olivesburg Berry Patch offers seasonal pick-your-own berries, berry plants, and garden flowers and vegetables. Open from April 15 through August 15, their hours are Monday through Friday 9AM – 5PM, Saturday 9AM – 2PM, closed on Sundays. While most prices remain the same as last year, ferns have increased slightly, and some berry plants are a bit cheaper. Although tree seedlings are discontinued for now, they still have a limited number of Common Lilac and American Arborvitae available.

Fruit-Full Acres

18680 Bellville Rd, Marysville, OH 43040 | (937) 642-6961

Fruit-Full Acres offers a delightful array of 26 apple varieties, available from August into the fall season. Choose from favorites like Ruby Jon, Cortland, Ida Red, Winesap, Melrose, Braeburns, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Cameo, and Granny Smith for a delicious harvest experience.

Lawrence Orchards

2634 Smeltzer Rd, Marion, OH 43302 | (740) 389-3019

At Lawrence Orchards, the summer is a time for hands-on care, with activities like pruning and monitoring the growth of apples. As the season progresses, apples like the Lodi Transparent and Braeburn varieties are visibly growing, promising a bountiful harvest. This family-run orchard and farm market, nestled near Marion, Ohio, offers an abundance of fresh produce, including 26 different apple varieties in season. From June to Christmas, visitors can enjoy picking their own apples and exploring a selection of farm-made products such as jams, jellies, syrups, candies, and more. Don’t miss their unpasteurized fresh apple cider available from September through Christmas, along with special events like Harvest Saturdays and the annual Applefest at the end of September. Check their Facebook page for all U-Pick opportunities.

Folck Family Farm

6843 State Route 54 Mechanicsburg, OH 43044 | (937) 869-2240

Folck Family Farm offers pre-picked strawberries for those who prefer convenience. For a unique farm-to-table experience, they also offer the Folck Strawberry Cafe picking experience, where families can enjoy picking their own strawberries together. This modern twist on traditional u-pick farms utilizes innovative technology, allowing strawberries to grow on waist-high structures for easy access. With this setup, picking strawberries no longer requires bending over, making it perfect for children and youth to engage in the picking process. In addition to strawberries, Folck Family Farm grows blackberries and both black and red raspberries, used for making wines.

Wenger’s Produce

3836 County Rd 29, West Liberty, OH 43357 | (937) 592-5726

At Wenger’s Produce in West Liberty, OH, folks can look forward to indulging in some top-notch homegrown goodness. Swing on by for a taste of freshness and a dose of farm-fresh fun, and keep tabs on their social media for updates on when their delightful U-Pick strawberries will be ripe for the picking.

The Blueberry Patch

1285 West Hanley Road, Mansfield, OH 44904 | 419.884.1797

As Ohio’s Premier Blueberry Farm, 37 acres of lush blueberry bushes await eager pickers. With 37,000 plants and 37 miles of drip irrigation, it sounds like 37 might be their lucky number. U-Pick Blueberry Season, from late June to mid-late August, promises buckets of fun. Stay updated on social media for juicy updates! Can’t wait? Visit their gift shop for frozen blueberries, pies, and pastries. With over 27 varieties, each ripening at different times, the season stretches long. Bring your own bucket, fill it up, and seal in the goodness for later.

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