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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Northwestern Ohio in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Allen County

  • JK Orchard & Farm - apples, wine grapes, grapefruit, pears, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, black), strawberries,
    1345 Lutz Road, Lima, OH 45801. Phone: (419) 604-4145. Email: [email protected]. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    JK Orchard & Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. PYO strawberries, Pumpkin Patch, Sunflower Fields, Flower Fields, Farm Tours, Date Nights & more. Strawberries: Starting late May or early June to June 21 - 30th Pumpkins: Starting September 6th to mid October. (ADDED: May 13, 2017)
  • Sugar Creek Orchard - Apples, corn maze, pumpkins
    5395 Sugar Creek Rd, Beaverdam, OH . Phone: . Email: [email protected]. Open: See daily from dawn to disk. Directions: See their website for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Sugar Creek Orchard Facebook page.
  • 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: [email protected]. 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. Directions: 2 miles south of the Shell station in Pandora, Ohio . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Crops are usually available in June, September, October. Our Strawberry Season typically starts in June. Season updates are posted on our Home page, on Facebook, and through our email list. Summertime is Sweet Corn Time! Fresh picked Mon-Sat by our wonderful family of workers!

Williams County

  • Votaw Farms - apples, flowers, pumpkins, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, U-pick and already picked, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, inflatables or bounce houses, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info)
    18864 Cr 13, Pioneer, OH 43554. Phone: (419) 737-2207. Email: [email protected]. Open: UPDATE for 2021: They are closed until the 2022 season; varies in variety when the apples are ready. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Votaw Farms Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (419) 630-6289. . Corn Maze open Labor Day to November 1. Apple orchard 1 mile west and one mile north of Pioneer. We sell cider, apples, popcorn, honey and more. We open after Labor day and stay open until at least Thanksgiving. (ADDED: February 08, 2020)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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