Apple picking from the Great Columbus: Ohio orchards welcome guests

This is good news for apple lovers and apple growers. This year’s harvest is expected to be bountiful.

Despite a rough start with an early frost, the growing season has been near perfect, said Ohio Farm Bureau spokesperson Ty Higgins.

“All the factors were ideal,” he said. “There was a perfect amount of heat and sufficient amounts of rain throughout the growing season.”

The successful yield sets up a perfect season for apple picking throughout the region.

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Apple picking is in full swing at Apple Hill Orchards.

Apple picking gained popularity last year

Last year, when many restrictions were placed on everything from attending sporting events to festivals and concerts, Governor Mike DeWine suggested families in Ohio go apple picking.

This advice has changed the lives of orchard owners. Russell Joudrey, who owns and operates Apple Hill Orchards in Mansfield and Fredericktown, said his farm and his counterparts have seen an influx of people eager to get out and have some family fun.

“It was overwhelming and we expect us to have a good year this year,” he said.

Apple Hill Orchards is prepared for the onslaught of visitors.

Outdoor sites are great for social distancing, he said.

“The orchards are big and you can stretch out. I don’t mean it’s ideal, but it’s better than sitting side by side at a football game,” Joudrey said. “It fits the family bill and the security bill.”

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‘They are seeing the fruits of their labor, literally.’

Joudrey said: “We had a big harvest last year and we have a slightly smaller harvest, but we have pretty much everything, mainly a full harvest until early November. We have apples that ripen until November. “

At Springhill Fruit Farm, 5646 Ganges Five Points Road, north of Mansfield, Jeff Burrer, who runs the orchard with his wife Laura Burrer, said: “It’s a pretty big apple crop this year. Some varieties are a bit light, overall a good harvest. “

On Friday, Burrer said the peach harvest was good and the family was already making cider.

“People are excited to do and do things, especially with the challenges of 2020 and early 2021,” Higgins said. “They are excited about fall and everything that goes with these activities on the farm.

Rose Kuner, owner of Kuner's Fruit Farm in Green, walks through her Golden Delicious orchard on the farm.

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Margaret Quamme contributed to this story.

A cluster of apples waiting to finish ripening on the tree before being harvested.

Where to pick your own produce in Greater Columbus

Apples have entered the mix this month and pumpkins will be arriving before you know it. Make sure to check with the farms before you go.


• Paige’s products, 7975 Cincinnati-Zanesville Road, Amanda: peaches, apples; 740-601-8419,


• Lynd Fruit Farm, 9399 Morse Road SW, Pataskala. Picking sites vary: apples; Hotline You Pick, 740-927-1333,

• Branstool Orchards, 5895 Johnstown Utica Road, Utica: peaches, apples; 740-892-3989,

• Legend Hills Orchard, 11335 Reynolds Road, Utica: peaches, apples; 740-892-2498,


• CherryHawk Farm, 16220 Springdale Road, Marysville: apples; 937-642-6442,

• Acres full of fruit, 18680 Bellville Road, Marysville: apples; 937-642-6961, Fruit-Full Acres Facebook page

• Le Verger et Cie., 7255 Route 42, Plain City: apples; 614-873-0510,


• Apple Hill Orchards, 1175 Lexington-Ontario Road, Mansfield, 419-709-0408; and 16908-16970 Upper Fredericktown Amity Road, Fredericktown, 740-694-7688. Pick your own apples until early November at either location during opening hours. Visit for timetables.

• Springhill Fruit Farm, 5646 Ganges Five Points Road, 419-896-2866,

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