Plain City Apple Picking Adventures

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We had beautiful weather for apple picking with friends at The Orchard and Company: blue skies, sunshine, fluffy white clouds and 70-some degrees! Now I’m officially in the mood for fall, looking up recipes for apple crisp and making note of all the fall festivals going on around town!

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The grounds of the orchard are beautiful and the apple picking was close to the parking lot and the whole process was very easy!

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The Orchard and Company has fall festival weekends on Saturdays and Sundays, September 10 – October 30, 2016. They happened to be open for Gala picking on a Friday – the first Friday of September, so we jumped on it since Gala apples are a household favorite! However, that did mean missing out on the festival fun – but our kids didn’t know any different and they still had a blast!

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One of the activities available at the orchard is fishing! You can also feed the fish from the dock!

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If you make this a yearly tradition, make sure to get your pictures at this cute sign!

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To enjoy the festival weekends, you must purchase a Farm Yard Pass to enjoy the extra activities. The pass is $10 for adults and children over 2. This pass is good for activities like the animal barn, pedal cart track, zip line, a corn box and more! Fishing is $2 extra and Gem Mining is $5. You do not need to buy a Farm Yard Pass to pick apples.

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September U-Pick dates are estimated as follows (check the website for updates and pricing!):

Golden Supreme: September 10th & 11th 11 AM- 5 PM

Honeycrisp: September 10th & 11th 11 AM- 5 PM

Jonamac: September 10th & 11th 11 AM – 5 PM

Macoun: September 17th & 18th

Jonagold: September 24th & 25th

After picking our apples, we weren’t ready to end our fall fun! My friend Jaclyn had spied a sign for a Yutzy’s Farm Market on the way to the orchard, so we decided to check it out! It ended up being the perfect place to sit down and eat our packed lunches, let the kids play and then lure them off the playground equipment for an amish-made snack!

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Yutzy’s sells all kinds of fresh produce, local meats, bulk food items and has a really popular deli. I say popular because there was always a line (and I know this because we had to excuse ourselves through it a few times to take the kids to the restrooms!)

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They also sell homemade baked goods, pumpkins and other fall squash!

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Out in the yard, there is a play area with several picnic tables!

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Besides this unique playground equipment, there were also llamas and ponies! My youngest is somehow really into horses, so he LOVED this!

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I was feeling extra generous with the sugar because it was Friday and beautiful outside and these cupcakes were only $1.50, but this is how that ended up:

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The funny part was, he looked at me and whined, “It’s on my arm!” and held his arm out for me to wipe. (Never mind that hair/eye incident!) The clerk at the counter must have had some foresight (or parenting experience) because she had insisted on giving me paper towels when I asked her for a few plastic forks to eat the cupcakes with!

We headed home in time for a late nap, but if you want to make a full day of it, try stopping at The Cheese House just around the corner, or attending the Shekinah Festival on Saturday (9/10)!

Know Before You Go:

The Orchard and Company, 7255 US Hwy 42 N., Plain City, OH 43064, 614-873-0510

2016 Fall Festival
Saturdays & Sundays, September 10th – October 30th
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Hours of operation are weather permitting.)
Phone: 614-873-0510

Yutzy’s Farm Market

6010 Converse Huff Road, Plain City, Ohio 43064
Phone: 614-873-3815
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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What Should We Do This Weekend? April 15-17, 2016

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It looks like a beautiful weekend ahead!  I hope everyone can get outside and enjoy it! Here are 7 things to do with your kids this weekend:

1. Snoopy!!! at Columbus Children’s Theatre

When: Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Location: Park Street Theatre, 512 Park Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-224-6672 (Call for Tickets)

This musical (recommended for ages 5 and up) is based on the comic strip “PEANUTS” by Charles M. Schulz.  Canine Companions will be in attendance for the April 16th performances with a pre-show demonstration featuring their puppies-in-training!  At the writing of this post, the Sunday show is sold out and the 3:00 PM Saturday show has limited seats available.  Call for more info and tickets.

2. Hike it Baby at Sharon Woods Metro Park

When: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-746-5000

Meet other moms and their toddlers/preschoolers for a kid-paced hike on the Edward S. Thomas (orange) trail!  Meet at the last parking area near Schock Lake and pack a lunch if you’d like to picnic at the playground after the hike!

3. Week of the Young Child Family Day at COSI

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00PM
Location: 333 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-228-COSI

COSI will offer special activities celebrating young children and early education! Free with COSI admission/membership.

4. Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Show at Ohio Expo Center

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Lausche Building, 717 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211

Older kids and model train enthusiasts may enjoy Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show!

5. Fractured Fairytales at Columbus Metropolitan Library, Shepard Branch

When: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 790 N. Nelson Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43219
Phone: 614-645-2275

Geared for ages 6-11, this story time features stories and activities involving fairytales with a twist!

6. Spring Warehouse Sale at Junior Library Guild

When: Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16, 2016
Time: Friday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 7858 Industrial Pkwy, Plain City OH 43064

Hundreds of titles available for $5/book!  Pictures books are available and kids are welcome at the sale!  Younger children can spin the prize wheel for prizes and teens will enjoy ALA Youth Media Award Winners!  More information including a warehouse map is also available here.

 7. Spring Opening of the Orange Johnson House: Life at the Farm with the Worthington Historical Society

When: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 956 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-1247

Visit the Orange Johnson property to celebrate the season opening!  Admission includes face painting, a child-friendly tour of the Orange Johnson House, visual exhibits, and visiting with live animals such as goats, chickens and rabbits.  Kids can build their own log houses with Lincoln Logs, make quilt patterns, try on pioneer outfits and participate in other hands-on activities to learn about life on the Johnson farm!

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*Please be aware,  information is gathered from multiple community sources.  Times, dates and locations are subject to change. There may be a fee to participate in a featured activity.  Please call ahead to confirm activities.  Enjoy what you do today!*


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