After 14 months of living in Ohio and a few weeks into our second fall here, we finally made it apple picking! If you follow on Instagram you might remember that I tried to take my boys apple picking alone last year (my husband was still working in LA) and that it was a total disaster. I got points for trying, but it was still a fail. So we tried again, this time with my husband and a Quincy who is a little (depending on the day) less tantrum-y. And I can finally say WE DID IT. We went apple picking and we survived. We actually had so much fun!
We went to Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, which is about 40 minutes away from where we live. You can check their website to see what apples are available in their u-pick areas that particular week. Our options were Rome, Fuji, or Winesap — we went with Winesap because they are good for all uses, including baking. There are signs directing you to the u-pick area, and then you park and you are right nights to the orchard. We didn’t have to walk far at all to fill our bag (the farm has two sizes — you can fill a small bag for $15 and a large bag for $25). We snapped some photos, ate an apple, filled our bag, played a little apple baseball with some bad ones already on the ground, and called it an afternoon. Some people were enjoying picnics nearby and I realized packing a picnic dinner would have been really fun. Once we were done picking we checked out and then drove to the market/shop area of the farm. Here they have picked pumpkins for sale, as well as produce, jams, fruit butters, and lots of other foods and gifts. They have a great variety of pumpkins at reasonable (but on the high side) prices. But personally I’d rather support a local farm than buy pumpkins for $3 at Walmart or Kroger.
Have you ever gone apple picking with your family? This was our first time and it will definitely be a fall tradition. Plus, the apple cider and pumpkin donuts after are worth the trip alone.
Please share your favorite apple recipes — I’ve got a lot of apples to make something with 🙂
You can find Lynd Fruit Farm at 9399 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, OH 43062. Be sure to check their site for hours and apple availability.