Where in Northwestern Ohio to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: June 2015: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green!  Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals.)  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

Subscribe to our: Email alerts Follow us on Twitter.  Add this page to your favorites! - Email this page to a friend, or to yourself


I'm always looking for suggestions of more farms and events to add and feedback about any you have visited, so if you encounter any, just click on the preceding link, as appropriate!  And if you have a farm and want to add it or correct the information, please click on the link to "add my farm".


Northwestern Ohio U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

Allen County

  • Suter Produce - Apples, broccoli, pumpkins, strawberries, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, corn cannon, and prepicked produce, cider mill, snacks and refreshment stand, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides
    12200 Pandora Road, Pandora, OH 45877. Phone: 419-384-3331. Email: suterpro@fairpoint.net. Directions: 2 miles south of the Shell station in Pandora, Ohio And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, September, October. Open: Corn Maze and Hayrides - Saturdays 9am - 8 pm; Sundays 1-8 pm Strawberries June 5 to June 25 Corn Maze and Hayrides to the pumpkin patch Mid September to October 31. Payment: Cash, Check.  (UPDATED: May 08, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: October 09, 2014) (UPDATED: July 26, 2009)

Auglaize County

Defiance County

Mercer County

  • Jutte's Fruit Farm - strawberries, peaches
    3460 State Route 49, Fort Recovery, OH 45846. Phone: 419-375-2304. Email: oscar@juttes.com. Open: Call for for hours and availability, typically, June - July: Monday-Saturday 8 am to 12 pm; August - October: Daily 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. We also sell bedding plants, cantaloupe, melons, pumpkins, shrubs, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, trees, watermelon. (UPDATED: May 08, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: May 28, 2014, suggested by a visitor)

Paulding County

Putnam County

Van Wert County

  • Lincoln Ridge - strawberries, restrooms, gift shop, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food), corn maze, pumpkin patch in the field, pumpkins (brought in from the field), pony rides, farm animals, group tours
    6588 Pollock Rd, Convoy, OH 45832. Phone: 419-749-4224. Email: lincolnridgefarms@yahoo.com. Open: U-pick strawberries each Spring; our Retail Shop is open Thursday - Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm; CLOSED Mondays except for scheduled events/school tours.. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Our grounds are the perfect setting for a beautiful country wedding & reception!  We also have indoor space available to rent for Graduation, Anniversary, Birthday parties, Meetings, Showers, Etc.  For more information contact us!  Our season begins in early May with we-pick Asparagus. We offer u-pick strawberries in the Spring. The we harvest summer crops for you that include all that you can imagine from leafy vegetables to sweet corn, several varieties of peppers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, cabbage, candy onions, potatoes, kohlrabi, yellow, orange & red watermelon, cantaloupe, crenshaw melon, honeydew & much more! Our favorite time of the year is Fall when all the fun begins at Our Fall Mums & Pumpkin Festival which occurs each year at our farm in October... We have many activities for family's to enjoy a fun, yet relaxed day together... Those activities include: Haywagon rides to the pumpkin patch, Corn Maze, Punkin Chunkin, Straw Mountain with a tunnel slide & Zip Line, The Great Punkin Jump, Pumpkin Paintball, Gem Stone Mining, Candle Dipping, Barnyard Petting Zoo, Hootmobile Car Trail & our original 'Great Autumn Adventure' (a whimsical forest, family friendly, spooky barn!) During our festivals we offer concession style food including Kettle Korn & Carmel Apples. You won't have any problems finding the perfect pumpkin or gourd at Lincoln Ridge Farms - we grow more than 40 different varieties of gourds & pumpkins! Along with a colorful array of hardy Mums & ornamental grasses. We also have 2 gift shoppes filled with unique Fall decorations. (UPDATED: May 08, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: September 09, 2013, suggested by a visitor)

Williams County


Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Auglaize County

  • Green Thumb Farm Market- Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, pumpkins (brought in from the field)
    04247 Southland Rd., New Bremen, OH 45869. Phone: 419-753-2456. Email: greenthumbproduce@hotmail.com. Open: May daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1-September 15 Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. September 16-October 28 , Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-dark, Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Amish popcorn, annuals, apples, asparagus, beans, bedding plants, beets, black raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, celery, cherries, cider, cucumbers, eggs, grapes, greens, herbs, honey, jams and jellies, lettuce, maple syrup, melons, mums, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, perennials, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, red raspberries, rhubarb, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, trees, turnips, watermelon, zucchini. (ADDED: October 30, 2011, suggested by a visitor)
    Comments from a visitor on October 30, 2011: ""

Defiance County

  • Dave Brown Designs Fall Festival - Uncovered outdoor market, apples, flowers, pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, face painting
    11907 State Route 2, Hicksville, OH 43526. Phone: 419-542-8925. Alternate Phone: 419-769-6712. Fax: 419-542-7603. Email: lori@davebrowndesigns.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm; Saturday by chance, or by appointment after hours. Directions: From Indiana take State Route 37 east to junction of State Route 2 in Ohio, store located right on the Indiana/Ohio Stateline; from Ohio we are located on the corner of State Route 2 West at the Indiana/Ohio Stateline on the south side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. unusual gourds and unusual varieties of pumpkins such as blue, Cinderella, red eye, cheese, millionaires, white as well as Jacks. (ADDED: September 18, 2010)

Williams County

  • Keppeler Family Farm Market - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, Indoor market, Fresh local eggs, Crafts, artistic products, etc, Fresh eggs, gift shop
    3211 Co. Road 6, Eddgerton, OH 43517. Phone: 419-519-2669. Alternate Phone: 419-212-1386. Email: keppelerfamilyfarm@hotmail.com. Open: Sunday and Monday - Closed Tuesday - Friday: 11am to 5:30pm Saturday: 10am to 3pm These are our hours through Christmas. Directions: We are 1 mile north off of US 6 in Edgerton. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, SFMNP Vouchers. We accept SNAP/EBT card. Come see our famous Strawman. Also when you stop by the store, enter our drawing for one of our gift baskets give-a-ways. Over $150 value in prizes will be given away!!. (UPDATED: November 02, 2011) (ADDED: June 28, 2011)
  • Stoney Ridge Farm & Winery - prepicked strawberries, grapes
    107144 Road 16, Bryan, OH 43506. Phone: 419-636-3500. Fax: 419-636-5075. Email: stonridg@powersupply.net. Open: May-September, Tuesday-Thursday noon-6 pm and Friday-Saturday noon-7 p.m. Amish cheese and butter, tours of winery and vineyards, at least one monthly event (call for details) Reminder: NO pick-your-own!!!! Only prepicked strawberries and grapes.

 


Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Williams County

  • Keppeler Family Farm Market - Chicken (NOT free range), USDA Natural, No hormones used, 100% Corn fed, 100% mixture of corn, grain, soybeans and/or other natural supplemental feeds, Milk, Brown eggs, sausage, Bacon (pork), Farm market with fruits and vegetables, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Fresh eggs, gift shop
    3211 Co. Road 6, Eddgerton, OH 43517. Phone: 419-519-2669. Alternate Phone: 419-212-1386. Email: keppelerfamilyfarm@hotmail.com. Open: Sunday and Monday - Closed Tuesday - Friday: 11am to 5:30pm Saturday: 10am to 3pm These are our hours through Christmas. Directions: We are 1 mile north off of US 6 in Edgerton. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, SFMNP Vouchers. We accept SNAP/EBT card. Come see our famous Strawman. Also when you stop by the store, enter our drawing for one of our gift baskets give-a-ways. Over $150 value in prizes will be given away!!. Offering Gift Baskets for the holiday season. Gift Baskets include product from locally made sources. Live & Fake Christmas Decor- wreaths, garland, grave blankets. Gift items made from local producers. (UPDATED: November 02, 2011) (ADDED: June 28, 2011)

Farm Venues for Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Van Wert County

  • Lincoln Ridge - weddings, receptions, Graduation, Anniversary, Birthday parties, Meetings, Showers, Etc, restrooms, gift shop, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food), corn maze, pumpkin patch in the field, pumpkins (brought in from the field), pony rides, farm animals, group tours
    6588 Pollock Rd, Convoy, OH 45832. Phone: 419-749-4224. Email: lincolnridgefarms@yahoo.com. Open:  our Retail Shop is open Thursday - Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm; CLOSED Mondays except for scheduled events/school tours.. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Our grounds are the perfect setting for a beautiful country wedding & reception!  We also have indoor space available to rent for Graduation, Anniversary, Birthday parties, Meetings, Showers, Etc.  For more information contact us! (ADDED: September 09, 2013, suggested by a visitor)

Current Weather - click for forecast, or enter a zip code for a different location:

This page was updated on

Picking Tips

[General picking tips and a guide to each fruit and vegetable] [How much do I need to pick? (Yields - how much raw makes how much cooked or frozen)] [Selecting the right varieties to pick] [All about apple varieties - which to pick and why!]  [Picking tips for Vegetables] [ Strawberry picking tips] [ Blueberries picking tips]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrated Canning, Freezing, Jam Instructions and Recipes

All About Home Canning, Freezing and Making Jams, Pickles, Sauces, etc. ] [FAQs - Answers to common questions and problems] [Recommended books about home canning, jam making, drying and preserving!] [Free canning publications to download and print]

Home Canning Kits

Features:

Ball Enamel Waterbath Canner, Including Chrome-Plated Rack and 4-Piece Utensil Set

* All the tools you need for hot waterbath canning - in one comprehensive set!
* Complete with 21 1/2 qt. enameled waterbath canner
* Also includes canning rack, funnel, jar lifter, jar wrencher, bubble freer, tongs and lid lifter.
* A Kitchen Krafts exclusive collection.

This is the same type of standard canner that my grandmother used to make everything from applesauce to jams and jellies to tomato and spaghetti sauce. This complete kit includes everything you need and lasts for years: the canner, jar rack, jar grabber tongs, lid lifting wand, a plastic funnel, labels, bubble freer. It's much cheaper than buying the items separately. You'll never need anything else except jars & lids (and the jars are reusable)! There is also a simple kit with just the canner and rack, and a pressure canner, if you want to do vegetables (other than tomatoes). To see more canners, of different styles, makes and prices, click here!
Don't forget the Ball Blue Book!

Lids, Rings, Jars, mixes, pectin, etc.

Need lids, rings and replacement jars?  Or pectin to make jam, spaghetti sauce or salsa mix or pickle mixes?  Get them all here, and usually at lower prices than your local store!

Get them all here at the best prices on the internet!