Originally published 8/23/2017. Updated 9/9/2019.
When most people think of autumn, they often think of pumpkin spice lattes, football, and falling leaves.
Everyone knows it’s one of the best times to live in Central Ohio. The Buckeyes are back, the weather is beautiful, and of course, it’s apple picking season.
In my humble opinion, the apple is the most versatile fruit. You can put them in pies, make cider, dip them in caramel, mash them and make applesauce, or even throw them in a salad. My point is, not only are they delightful, but you can also use them in so many different ways.
Sure, you can buy apples just about anywhere. But there is something special about picking them yourself. So break out your tennis shoes and a sturdy basket: It’s time to go apple picking.
Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd, Marion, OH 43302
Distance from Columbus: 46 miles
Picking Schedule: The orchard is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To view the full picking schedule, click here.
Location: 9091 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Distance from Columbus: 22 miles
Picking Schedule: The orchard is open on weekends only, September through October, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting. To view the full schedule as well as pricing info, click here.
Location: 16220 Springdale Rd, Marysville, OH 43040
Distance from Columbus: 35 miles
Picking Schedule: Apple picking at CherryHawk is expected to resume September 13 as more varities ripen. You can check their full picking schedule by clicking here
Location: Utica, OH
Distance from Columbus: 40 miles
Picking Schedule: You can pick your own apples at Branstool seven days a week. To view the full picking schedule, click here.
Location: 12000 OH-772, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Distance from Columbus: 55 miles
Picking Schedule: Hirsh Fruit Farm will host an Apple Harvest Open House on September 21 and 22. Visitors can pick their own apples, take an orchard tour, grab something to eat, and participate in fun activities like face painting, pumpkin painting, and more.
Get out there and grab some fruit! We promise you won’t be attacked by any apple trees.
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