Make your choice in the U-pick orchards of the region

It’s a thriving business as they often have a few thousand people walking through their orchard on a fall weekend. The family business has become an annual destination for thousands of Miami Valley families.

“I think that’s what makes the job so rewarding,” Peifer said. “I loved growing up here and I love being able to share the experience with others.”

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Spending time in nature has been shown to positively impact physical and mental health, including improving sleep, boosting immune function, and boosting emotional well-being. With apple picking season in full swing, it can also be fun and delicious.

“Little kids learn where food really comes from and it’s great fun for families,” said Glenn Monnin of Monnin’s Fruit Farm. “We have people telling us that their grandparents brought them here when they were kids, and now they’re bringing their own kids.”

The Monnin fruit farm has been a staple of local U-pick for over 60 years. CONTRIBUTED

The Monnin fruit farm has been a staple of local U-pick for over 60 years. CONTRIBUTED

Monnin’s has been in business for over six decades, offering a variety of self-picked fruits year-round.

Apple picking is a fun fall tradition for a lot of people,” he said.

The tradition of apple picking is also alive and well at the Tüken Orchard and Farm Market.

Tuken’s Orchard & Farm Market in West Alexandria has 20 acres of fruit trees ripe for picking. CONTRIBUTED

Tuken's Orchard & Farm Market in West Alexandria has 20 acres of fruit trees ripe for picking.  CONTRIBUTED

Tuken’s Orchard & Farm Market in West Alexandria has 20 acres of fruit trees ripe for picking. CONTRIBUTED

“We have so many loyal customers,” said owner Mary Hora. “It’s their favorite place.”

The West Alexandria mainstay has a store and has expanded its in-house offerings to include ice cream, cider and even wine.

“But the biggest draw is the orchard,” Hora said.

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Fee for picking – U-pick local apples

Sunny fall days are the perfect time for apple picking. CONTRIBUTED

Sunny fall days are the perfect time for apple picking.  CONTRIBUTED

Sunny fall days are the perfect time for apple picking. CONTRIBUTED

* Fruit Irons

What: U-pick apples by the bag or by the bushel, includes a wagon ride

Where: 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon

Info: For updates, visit the farm’s Facebook page or call 513-932-2853.

* Monnin fruit farm

What: U-pick apples available daily

Where: 8201 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Info: For updates, visit the farm’s Facebook page, website www.monninsfruitfarm.com/ or call 937-890-4536.

The self-service apple orchards are bursting with seasonal fruit. CONTRIBUTED

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The self-service apple orchards are bursting with seasonal fruit. CONTRIBUTED

* Peifer orchards

What: U-pick apples – 20 varieties – are available on Saturdays and Sundays until October

Where: 4590 US 68 N., Yellow Springs

Info: Call 937-767-2208 or visit www.peiferorchards.com for current harvest reports or to subscribe to weekly harvest reports.

* The Pink House

What: Limited quantities of U-pick apples and organization of Apple Pick Day festivities on September 17 with refreshments and live entertainment.

Where: 5669 West Kessler-Cowlesville Road, West Milton

Info: Visit www.thepinkhouseorchard.com to check availability.

* Tüken Farm Orchard and Market

What: Apple picking days run through mid-October with over 30 varieties of apples, wagon rides available in the orchard

Where: 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria

Info: Visit the orchard’s Facebook page for regular pick-your-own updates.

* Wesler Orchards

What: U-pick apples are available and cider season is underway at the orchard, which has been in business since 1930

Where: 9319 Wesler Road, New Paris

Info: Visit https://weslerorchards.com and Facebook for updates or call 937-437-8921.

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