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

This month's notes: April 2014: Spring is just around the corner.  Strawberries are here in Florida, Texas and California, next in late March and April for much of the South, then in May for most of the country and June in cooler northern areas. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam!

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Southern 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!

Athens County

  • The Gold Family Farm - beans, eggplant, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes, events at your location (call for info)
    4799 Fisher Road, Athens, OH 45701. Phone: (740) 249-4608. Alternate Phone: 740-517-5012. Email: goldfarm1937@gmail.com. Open: Varies, Please call ahead. Directions: Located 5 minutes outside of Athens between Athens and Albany off US RT50/32. The road is identified as County Road 17 at the highway but is also known as Fisher Road - Black and white pumpkin signs - .We are approximately 1.5 miles out and will be on the right with some Pumpkins up by the road. :-). Click here for a map and directions. The Gold Family Farm Harvest Days Flea Market. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: October 15, 2012)
  • Lick Run Berry Patch - three varieties of thornless blackberries
    State Route 278 South, Nelsonville, OH, 45764. Phone: 740-753-3911. Alternate phone: 740-753-4818.
  • Vest Berries and Produce - blackberries, raspberries (Autumn, red), restrooms
    18170 Mush Run Road, Stewart, OH 45778. Phone: 740-541-1169. Email: vestberries@yahoo.com. Open: U pick strawberries have ended for the season and uptick thornless blackberries will begin around August 5; Any questions call or follow us on fFacebook at vest berries;  every day 9 to 7;Closed Wednesdays. Directions: We are 2.7 miles off state route 690 on Mush Run road. Any problems with direction please call me. Click here for a map and directions. Blackberries are thornless; They are full of ripe berries at this time; Season for them will be about 3 weeks; Red Raspberries will have a slim season due to the weather; Season will last about a month. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page.  We have chemical free tomatoes all summer long, sweet corn, beens, greens, sweet onions, potatoes and peas at the farm and at the Athens Farmers market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. Sweet potatoes are available at the market from September thru March.  (UPDATED: July 21, 2012).(Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: May 29, 2011) (UPDATED: July 06, 2013)
    Comments from a visitor on May 29, 2011: "I liked the farm very much. Best straw mulching for strawberries I have ever seen."

Gallia County

Jackson County

  • Weber Farms - pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, corn maze, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, and prepicked produce
    914 Weber Road, Jackson, OH 45640. Phone: 740-988-3302. Email us at: weberfarm1835@aol.com. Directions: 10 miles west of Jackson, turn left at county road 23, go 3/4 mile turn left on Weber Road third driveway on left. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October, November. Open: seven days a week 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; maze open Friday and Saturday from 7:00 pm till 11:00 pm. Large groups welcome. Payment: Cash, Check.  (UPDATED: September 16, 2008)

Lawrence County

Meigs County

Pike County

Scioto County

Vinton County


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

Athens County

  • The Gold Family Farm - Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Uncovered outdoor market, Fresh local eggs, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, walnuts,
    4799 Fisher Road, Athens, OH 45701. Phone: 740-517-5012. Email: goldfarm1937@gmail.com. Open: The Farm Stand is open everyday, all day, May 1 to October 31. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Market updates: Click here for updates. Directions: Located 5 miles outside Athens, 4799 Fisher Road, Athens, Fisher Road (Identified as County Road 17 at the highway) is located off US RT 32/50W between Athens and Albany. The Gold Family Farm is located approx. 2 miles out Fisher and on the right. Click here for a map and directions. The Gold Family Farm Flea Market and Crafts is held the 3rd weekend in October from 9am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (UPDATED: September 30, 2013) (ADDED: October 15, 2012)

Jackson County

  • Everland Farm - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), some produce is sustainably grown, Other fruit or veg,
    2703 Riegel Ridge Rd, Jackson, OH 45640. Phone: 740-286-6694. Email: everlandfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm, August 15th to October 1st. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Locally grown gourmet garlic. (ADDED: August 23, 2013)
  • Weber Farms - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Indoor market, Preserves, jams, jellies, apples, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, onions, pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, gift shop, school tours
    914 Weber Road, Jackson, OH 45640. Phone: 740-978-8099. Alternate Phone: 740-988-3302. Email: weberfarm1835@aol.com. Open: Monday - Sunday 12 pm to 7 Sunday 1 pm to 6. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. School and group tours available. (UPDATED: October 13, 2009)

Pike County

  • Way Farms - Farm market, not located on the farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Covered outdoor market, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, herbs/spices, melons, onions, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm
    13 Denver Road, Waverly, OH 45690. Phone: 740-222-0179. Email: wayfarms@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from noon to 5:00 pm; Saturday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, May 1 to June 30; Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, July 1 to September 30. Directions: take Howard Road to Denver Road turn left to the first drive on the left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 15, 2013) (ADDED: May 24, 2010)

Scioto County

  • Knapp Family Farm - Garden stand on a residence (which is NOT on a farm), Roadside stand, Uncovered outdoor market, corn (sweet), pumpkins,
    2868 Gallia Pike, Franklin Furnace, OH 45629. Phone: 740-352-3498. Email: Knappyone@hotmail.com. Open: For pumpkins, gourds, fodder, straw we are open Labor Day through Halloween, Monday through Friday 10:00 am until dark, Saturday and Sunday daylight to dark, for other vegetables we are open same hours seasonal. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. Green beans also available summer of 2014. (ADDED: October 07, 2013)

Local Honey Sources:

Pike County

  • Way Farms - Honey (retail), Comb honey, Honey from hives on the farm
    13 Denver Road, Waverly, OH 45690. Phone: 740-222-0179. Email: wayfarms@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Friday, from noon to 5:00 pm; Saturday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, May 1 to June 30; Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, July 1 to September 30. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: June 15, 2013)

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