Apple Picking Guide to U-Pick Farms
By Anietra Hamper

As we stroll through the sprawling apple orchards at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, 13-year old Kaylyn Stallings remarks that the smell of the orchard is nostalgic. Her father reminds her of the times they used to pick apples together when she was a child and that is likely why the scent is familiar.

While the acres of orchards ripe with apples seem to be the perfect way to usher in the change of seasons, visitors walk away with more than just bags of Red Delicious or Honeycrisp, they walk away with family memories.

The Lynd U-Pick orchard is comfortably busy as families with children, couples and even solo apple pickers. Everyone peruses the ripe selection of McIntosh, Gala and Golden Supreme that are in season this week. More than 50 varieties of apples grow in Ohio each with their own peak time for picking. So, what is ripe this week may be a different variety than what is ripe next week.

We are handed a bag that can hold 15 pounds of apples and set off into the orchard. Though the varieties are marked with colored ribbons and explained when we first arrive, it is easy to forget as my eyes get lost in the sea of apple abundance. Fortunately, the farm allows and even encourages a little sampling along the way straight from the branches.

Our first taste was tart, the second sample very sweet (the Golden Supreme) and the third a little bitter but probably wonderful in a pie. Your choice of apples depends on how you plan to enjoy them. Some are better with lunch while others are more suitable in sweet, fall desserts. The farm helps you out, as they have apple recipes available for free!

After picking apples, we head to the main section of the farm where a large market is bustling with people buying fresh Ohio produce, jams, peaches, popcorn, cider and beef jerky. As fall draws near, the farm will offer a corn maze and pumpkin picking in the fields along with rotating weekend activities for families.

There is something special about visiting an Ohio farm and taking part in a u-pick experience. Even if your children are too young to remember the outing today, you can bet that someday when they do it again the fragrance of the orchard will bring warm memories of a family tradition and an iconic Ohio experience.

There are dozens of U-Pick orchards throughout Ohio. Check with individual farms to see their schedules and find out what is in season before your trip. Below is a listing of Ohio U-Pick farms by region:

Central Ohio
Arrowhead Orchard, Paris
Bachman Sunny Hill Fruit Farm, Carroll
Bob Lynd’s Fruit Farm & Lynd’s Gourmet, Pataskala
Cherry Hawk Farm, Marysville
Windy Hill Apple Farm , Newark
Fruit Full Acres, Marysville
Glen Hill Orchards LLC , Mt. Vernon
Granville Orchard, Granville
Hugus Fruit Farm, Rushville
Lawrence Orchards , Marion
Phoenix Orchard, Oregonia
Rower & Son Farm Market, Carroll

A. B. Phillips & Sons Fruit Farm, Berlin Heights
Apple Hill Orchards, Mansfield
Baker Fruit Farm , Lisbon
Bauman Orchards, Rittman
Beckwith Orchards, Kent
Blue Jay Orchard, Troy Twp. Geauga Co. Hiram
Brant’s Apple Orchard, Ashtabula
Cold Springs Orchard , Rock Creek
Country Maid Ice Cream & Orchard , Richfield
Dillon Fruit Farm, LLC, Lisbon
Dodd’s Hillcrest Orchards, Amherst
Eddy Fruit Farm, Chesterland
Fruit Growers Marketing Association, Newcomerstown
Fruitlands of Carrington’s Farms L.L.C., Diamond
Geig’s Orchard, Seville
Gingerich Orchard , Apple Creek
Grobe Fruit Farm, Elyria
Hartford Orchards Inc., Hartford
Haus Orchard & Cider Mill, Canfield
Heavenly Hill Farm, North Royalton
Hillcrest Orchard of Walnut Creek LTD , Sugarcreek
Kiraly’s Orchard, Ashtabula
Kuner’s Fruit Farm, City of Green
Less & Less Farm, Salem
Mahnke Orchards, Napoleon
Manfull Orchards, Augusta
Mapleside Farms, Brunswick
McDowell Orchards, Amherst
Miller Orchards , Amherst
Millrock Orchard , New Waterford
Monroe’s Orchard & Farm Market LLC, Hiram
Moreland Fruit Farm Ltd., Wooster
Norkus Orchard , Salem
Orchard at Honey Run, Millersburg
Patterson Fruit Farm, Chesterland
Peace Valley Orchards, Inc., Rogers
Rittman Orchards, Doylestown
Royalton Farms , North Royalton
Sage’s Apples, Chardon
Shady’s Orchard, Salem
Smith’s Fruit Farm, Geneva
Snyders Orchard, Alliance
Spiegelberg Orchard , Lorain
Stahl’s Farm Market, Ravenna
Stahl’s Farm Market, North Benton
Stotler’s Orchard, Atwater
Sunny Slope Orchard , Navarre
The Apple Cabin, Lodi
West Orchards, LLC, Perry
White House Fruit Farm, Canfield

Bergman Orchards, Lakeside
Burnham Orchards, Berlin Heights
Eshleman Fruit Farm, Clyde
Geckle Orchard, Alvada
Haslinger Orchards, Gibsonburg
Hoen’s Orchard & Farm Market , Delta
Johnston Fruit Farms, Swanton
MacQueen Orchards, Inc., Holland
Malone Orchards, Berlin Heights
Moore Orchard , Oak Harbor
Quarry Hill Orchard , Berlin Heights
South Meadow Farms- Kuny’s Market, Green Springs
Spring Hill Fruit Farm LLC , Shiloh
Wasserman Orchard, Clyde
Witts Orchards , Oak Harbor

Clark’s Orchard , Coshocton
Doudna Orchard , Barnesville
Fuhrmann Orchards, LLC, Wheelersburg
Heartland Orchard, Thornville
Hidden Hills Orchard , Marietta
Hirsch Fruit Farm , Chillicothe
Laurelville Fruit Farm, Laurelville
Reed Orchards, Freeport
Richards Brothers Fruit Farm Inc. , Thurman
Yeary Orchards , Adamsville

A & M Farm, Midland
Branstool Orchard , Utica
Brumbaugh Fruit Farm , Arcanum
Hollmeyer’s Orchard, Cincinnati
Huck’s Orchard, South Charleston
Huffman Fruit Farm , Salem
Irons Fruit Farm, Lebanon
Legend Hills Orchard , Utica
Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala
Peifer Orchards , Yellow Springs
Remerowski Orchards, Urbana
Volk Fruit Farm , Casstown
Wesler Orchards & Farm Market, New Paris

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About the Author

For Anietra Hamper, writing is a passion. Anietra spent nearly 20 years as a top-rated television news Anchor telling thousands of stories that impact people's lives. Now, away from the spotlight, Anietra is a published travel writer. In fall 2013, Anietra was honored to be selected as a member of the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers. Anietra's zest for exploration and photography has taken her to untouched regions of Vietnam and tribal territories of the Philippines, sharing those journeys along the way through articles and blogs. Anietra is also a correspondent for Child Fund International; one of the largest non-Government Organizations in the world. Anietra graduated Cum Laude from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and studied journalism at American University in Washington D.C. She enjoys fishing, photography, fitness and playing with her rescued dog Sunny. You can follow Anietra online at