5 Farms Where You Can Pick Your Own Apples Near Columbus, Ohio

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Going apple picking, a classic fall activity in Central Ohio, is a sure sign of the changing seasons! Even if you live in the city of Columbus, a u-pick apple farm is less than an hour away!

5 Places to Pick Apples in Columbus and Central Ohio:

Our family loves to pick apples. We have traditionally picked our apples at Lynd Fruit Farm since we moved here in 2008, but  we have recently branched out (no pun intended) to try some other local apple farms! Though we haven’t tried every one of these, I wanted to include as many as I could find in the Central Ohio area!

Lynd fruit farm pick your own apples

If you’re planning your fall calendar, you’re going to also want to check out A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio and 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus for more fall fun!

1. Branstool Orchards

apple picking at Branstool Orchard

Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Features: Pick your own apples 7 days a week! 37 Apple varieties are available beginning in July and running through late October! See our trip to Branstool Orchards here.

2. Cherry Hawk Farm

Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-6442
Features: Pick your own apples from July to November! Plus a sunflower field! 

3. Lawrence Orchards

Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019
Features: 26 varieties of apples grown plus other summer vegetables, fruits, pumpkins and more! Apple Cider is available after Labor Day! A farm market is open from June through Christmas with farm-made products!

4. Lynd Fruit Farm

pick your own apples at Lynd Fruit Farm

Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559
Features: Over a dozen apple varieties are available throughout the season! Call the u-pick hotline for updates: 740-927-1333 for a recorded message. There is also a large farm market with homemade goods, fruits, vegetables and more!

5. Orchard and Company

apple picking at Orchard and Company

Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510
Features: U-Pick apples available from August through October. Fall festival season begins in September and runs through October featuring fun activities for families! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

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Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio

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Farmer’s Markets are popping up everywhere in Central Ohio! Not only are they a great spot for picking up fresh produce, but they often also offer homemade treats, handmade goods, live entertainment and kids activities!

Strawberries at a farmers market in Columbus, Ohio

Farmer’s Markets in Columbus and Central Ohio by Day of the Week:

SATURDAY:

Grove City Farmer’s Market – Saturdays from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Grove City Town Center. The Farmers Market begins on May 18th and runs through September 14, 2019.

Canal Winchester – the Canal Winchester Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturdays in downtown Canal Winchester from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM from May 25th through September 28th

Westerville – the Saturday Farmers Market takes place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM May 18th through October 12 and features local farmers and vendors. The location is on Grove St. on the Otterbein campus.

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Dublin – The Dublin Market at Bridgepark takes place on Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and features produce vendors as well as baked goods and other vendors. The Dublin Market runs from mid May through September. 

Clintonville – this market takes place along High Street between Orchard Lane and W. Dunedin Rd from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 2019 starting and ending dates are April 27 – November 23. 

large handheld bell at the westgate farmers market in columbus ohio

Westgate – The Westgate Farmers Market takes place on the first and third Saturdays of each month, June through October from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The market is held on the front lawn of the West Gate Masonic Lodge.

Circleville – the Pickaway County Farmers Market takes place in Circleville from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturdays June through August.

Worthington – the Worthington Farmers Market is a year round market taking place at 161 and High Street May through October and inside The Shops at Worthington Place November through April! Outdoor hours are 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and indoor hours are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

farmers market at the North Market in Columbus, Ohio

North Market – the Farmers Market at the North Market takes place in the outside stalls from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturdays and 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sundays, June through October. Sundays include more hand made items, fine arts and jewelry.

SUNDAY:

North Market – the Farmers Market at the North Market takes place in the outside stalls from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Saturdays and 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sundays, June through October. Sundays include more hand made items, fine arts and jewelry.

Gahanna – the Make Gahanna Yours Farmers Market takes place on Sundays June through September from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

MONDAY:

Prairie Township – this Farmers Market takes place Monday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, June through Labor Day Weekend at the Prairie Township Community Center.

radishes and onions at a farmers market in columbus ohio

TUESDAY:

Newark – Canal Market District is a twice-weekly farmers market from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Tuesday dates are June through September and Friday dates are May through October. Once a month in the same space there is an Art & Craft Market.

Pearl Alley – The Pearl Market takes place beginning the end of May through Mid October on Gay St. and Pearl Alley in downtown Columbus on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM.

Department of Veterans Affairs – this market on the East side of Columbus takes place on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM and includes local produce, baked goods, honey and food trucks!

WEDNESDAY: 

Franklin Park Conservatory – the Conservatory’s Farmer’s Market takes place in the main Conservatory parking lot on E. Broad St. on Wednesdays from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM, June through the first week of September and features a weekly kids craft.

Westerville – Market Wednesday takes place in Uptown Westerville from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, May through October with several produce vendors, baked goods and more.

THURSDAY:

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Reynoldsburg – the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Huber Park. The market runs June through the beginning of September.

FRIDAY:

Newark – Canal Market District is a twice-weekly farmers market from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Tuesday dates are June through September and Friday dates are May through October. Once a month in the same space there is an Art & Craft Market.

Pearl Alley – The Pearl Market takes place beginning the end of May through Mid October on Gay St. and Pearl Alley in downtown Columbus on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Dublin Market with Your Kids

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The Dublin Market is a new, vibrant farmers’ market that offers food, produce, retail, live entertainment and a family-friendly Saturday morning out!

This post was written in partnership with The Dublin Market.

This past Saturday my family explored The Dublin Market on it’s opening morning! It was a beautiful morning and the first market of the summer was bustling!

The Dublin Market is a really fun new weekly market that offers a lot more than just produce! Though it is considered a farmers’ market, The Dublin Market boasts an impressive list of vendors selling retail goods, food and sweets, homemade products and locally grown produce.

The Market kicked off it’s first season last Saturday and will run through September 29, 2018 at Bridge Park from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Here are 5 things my family really enjoyed about The Dublin Market and I think you will, too!

1. A Wide Variety of Vendors

What I appreciated about The Dublin Market was the good balance of vendors. It felt like a pretty equal mix of produce and grocery items, retail items and food to eat on the spot. Here are a few examples, but this is certainly not an exhaustive list! You can see the whole list here.

Baked goods at The Dublin Market

Dan the Baker

Strawberries at The Dublin Market

Rhoads Farm

Flowers at The Dublin Market

Juniper’s Flower Truck

2 Boys holding honey at The Dublin Market

Whetstone Bee Garden

boys tasting juice at The Dublin Market

Bubbles The Tea and Juice Company

boy sampling jam at The Dublin Market

Impossible Jams

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Kennedy Farms

Beets at The Dublin Market

New Century CSA

2. Live Music

live music at The Dublin Market

My kids love to watch musicians. They hung around on the rocks behind this artist, watching and listening! Having live music was a nice touch while we explored the market!

3. Convenient Free Parking

A big plus when it comes to this market is that there is a large parking garage at the end of the street where the market begins! In my experience, one of the hardest things about attending a neighborhood farmers’ market is finding parking! Having a close parking garage is especially handy when you are toting around small children! And to top it off, the parking is free!

4. Bridge Park and the Bridge Street District

Buildings in the Bridge Street District

So much is happening in the newly developed Bridge Street District! The area is blossoming with restaurants, shops and other businesses! A few of the local businesses participated in the Market, but you could also spend time visiting their brick and mortar locations or pop into one of the local restaurants for lunch after shopping!

coffee shop in the bridge street district

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea just opened up in the area. You can get a coffee at the market or visit the shop for more options or a refreshment break!

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Kilwins Dublin has a stand at The Dublin Market but also a shop around the corner for yummy chocolate treats and ice cream!

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It was fun to see our kids’ dental office handing out insulated, reusable shopping bags and sugar free suckers!

5. Donuts

kids ordering donuts at the dublin market

Donuts gets its own category because it was definitely a highlight of the market for my kids! There are two options for donuts: Duck Donuts and The Donut Experiment.

donuts being made at the dublin market

boy eating a donut at the dublin market

The boys had a fun time picking out all of their own toppings for their donuts! In case you’re wondering, orange glaze, crushed Oreos and marshmallow topping is not a bad combo!

boy eating donut at the dublin market

With all of the unique vendors at The Dublin Market, the live entertainment and the surrounding shops and restaurants, your family will enjoy a fun morning exploring the Bridge Street District!

Know Before You Go:

  • The Dublin Market takes place on Longshore St. between Tuller Ridge Dr. and Bridge Park Ave.
  • Free parking is available in the Longshore Garage: 6650 Longshore St, Dublin, OH 43017
  • Market Dates: Saturdays from June 9 through September 29, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • The Dublin Market is held rain or shine.

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