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 that blooms in late August and early September! 

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 picking typically begins in early September. 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! Apple picking typically begins at the beginning of September. 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! (Also check out the corn maze this fall!)

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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Looking for a Farmer’s Market in Columbus? These fresh 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

This post is continually being updated as things change for the 2020 season. Please make sure to check the link to each individual market for the most up to date info!

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

SATURDAY:

Grove City Farmer’s Market – In 2020, the Grove City Farmers Market will open with online ordering and drive through pick up! 

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 30th through September 26th. (Closed 8/1/20). The 2020 Market will take place at the Canal Winchester Historical Complex.

Westerville – the Saturday Farmers Market takes place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM May 23rd – October 10th and features local farmers and vendors. The location is on Grove St. on the Otterbein campus.

boys at a farmers market in columbus ohio

Dublin – Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM beginning June 20, 2020 through September 26, 2020. The Market will meet at a new location this year at Banker Drive & Longshore Loop. Check the link for updates to the 2020 season.

Clintonville – In 2020, Clintonville has begun offering a walk up Market from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Ohio History Connection. You can still preorder your purchase for convenience and safety. All purchases can be made through an online marketplace and picked up without leaving your vehicle.

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 – 12:00 PM. The market is held on the front lawn of the West Gate Masonic Lodge.

Circleville – Closed for 2020.

Worthington – a Walk-In Market begins on Saturday, June 13 at the new, temporary location for 2020: 450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road in Worthington. The Market will be held every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM is reserved for customers in high-risk populations (senior citizens and immune compromised). 

Powell – The Powell Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturdays beginning May 23 through September 26, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM will be exclusively for senior citizens and high risk individuals.

farmers market at the North Market in Columbus, Ohio

North Market – the Farmers Market at the North Market in Columbus takes place in the outside stalls from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturdays. In addition to produce and food there is also hand made items, fine arts and jewelry.

German Village – The Saint Mary Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM on the front lawn of St. Mary School in German Village. The 2020 Market will include social distancing, masks and no samples.

Granville – The Granville Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM from May 2 – October 31, 2020. In 2020, the Granville Farmers Market will take place in the Granville High School parking lot. There are special hours for vulnerable populations (8:30 AM – 9:30 AM). 

Logan County – Logan County is offering an online Farmers Market this year. Ordering takes place Sunday through Wednesday and pick up will take place at the Logan County Fairgrounds on Saturdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SUNDAY:

Gahanna – the Make Gahanna Yours Farmers Market takes place on Sundays June through September from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Park. A Winter Market takes place inside Shepherd Church of the Nazarene on Sundays in January, March and April.

MONDAY:

Prairie Township – this Farmers Market takes place Monday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and includes a food truck. The market runs June through Labor Day Weekend at the Prairie Township Community Center. First market of 2020 begins June 29, 2020.

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. Read their updated policy for 2020.

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. 2020 dates are Friday, May 22 – Friday, October 16. Online ordering and pick up is available as well as shopping in person.

Hilliard – Hilliard Farm Market takes place Tuesdays from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM beginning May 26th through September 8th. The market is held in the parking lot of the Hilliard United Methodist Church.

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. Market begins Wednesday, June 17, 2020 through September 2, 2020. 

Westerville – On Hiatus for 2020.

Upper Arlington – the Farmers Market in Upper Arlington takes place every Wednesday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM and will run May 20 – September 30, 2020. Click the link for Market Rules for this year’s market.

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.

New Albany – the New Albany Farmer’s Market takes place from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Market Square. This Farmer’s Market  begins  June 25th  and runs through September 10, 2020. Check the link for updates on the 2020 season.

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. 2020 dates are Friday, May 22 – Friday, October 16. Online ordering and pick up is available as well as shopping in person.


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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

shopping at The Dublin Market

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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!

the dublin market

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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