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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Toledo area of 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!

Fulton County

  • Hoen's Orchard - apples, blueberries, currants (red and black), gooseberries, raspberries, prepicked produce
    12540 County Road 7-2, Delta, OH 43515. Phone: (419) 822-4080. Email: [email protected]. Open: June through November 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: Coming From Toledo (I-475) or Central Avenue I-475/Central Avenue Exit 13 Travel about 16 miles west on US Route 20 South on County Road 7-2, 1.5 miles. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Hoen's Orchard Facebook page. . Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. The ONLY pyo crops offered are Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants, Gooseberries, Apples. . (UPDATED: July 20, 2022)
  • Johnston Fruit Farms - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), peaches, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    2790 Airport Highway, Swanton, OH 43558. Phone: (419) 826-1453. Email: [email protected]. Open: Please call ahead for U - Pick dates and times. Directions: From Toledo: We are on Airport Highway, one mile west of Swanton. From points west of Delta: We are on Airport Highway (also called Route 2) 5 miles East of Delta. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Johnston Fruit Farms Facebook page. . Join us the last Saturday in September for our annual "Apples for Everyone" each year we donate over 20,000 pounds of apples to local food banks on this day; Food, music, and fun for all ages. The season begins around June 1 and ends after Christmas. Strawberries typically begin around June 1, PYO usually around June 15 with the season ending by June 30 or so; PYO blueberries ripen around July 15 and run 2 to 3 weeks, peaches are plentiful in August and apples begin to ripen in September, but PYO apples are certain weekends in September and October Call for details on all crops. We are probably the only place in the area where you can still get fresh, unpasteurized cider, made daily at our own state inspected cider mill! Taste why we are famous for our cider - made the way it should be. Facebook page. Typical harvest dates are July - Blueberries, Aug/Sept - Sunflowers, Sept/Oct - Apples, Sept/Oct - Pumpkins; Please check back for current times and availability for all U-Pick crops.. They have MANY Apple Varieties: Lodi, Pristine, Paula Red, Chenango Strawberry, Gravenstien, Sansa, Akane (Tokyo Rose), Mollies Delicious, Wealthy, Zestar, Ginger Gold, Gala, McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Sweet Sixteen, Cortland, Snow Sweet, Pink Pearl, Cox Orange Pippin, Bramley's Seedling, Belle de Boscoop, Jonathan, Hudsons Golden Gem, King of Thompkins Co, Ashmeads Kernel, Snow, Pink Pearl, Opalescent, Mother, Grimes Golden, Rubinette, Orleans Reinette, Empire, Northern Spy, Candy Crisp, Pixie Crunch, Red Delicious, Holiday, Baldwin, Blue Pearmain, Erwin Bauer, Wolf River, Macoun, Freyburg, Calville Blanc, Lady, Golden Delicious, Crimson Topaz, Spitzenberg, Sun Crisp, Ida Red, Ever Crisp, Wickson, Melrose, Brock, Winesap, Fuji, Gold Rush, Arkansas Black, Cameo, Granny Smith, Mutsu, ​Golden Russet, Roxbury Russet, Harrison (cider variety)
    Comments from a visitor on October 05, 2010: "This is a great U Pick apple farm, as well as strawberry, raspberry, pumpkin, and other things. There are a good selection of apple varieties, and enough of each variety, there was no problem picking a couple of bushels. Highly recommended in NW Ohio, there aren't alot of U Picks around any more."
    Comments from a visitor on October 27, 2009: "I LOVE Johnston's! The kids like to play at the petting zoo and you can shop while they do. Their products are fresh and wonderful, their service is amazing. They give samples and have excellent seconds. From the start of Strawberry season until the last of their cold storage apples are sold. There is a wonderful picnic area and petting zoo. The foods are wonderful, they sell locally made baked goods, jams and candles. They grow and sell Honey Crisp apples which I hold as the best apples ever. There is pick your own seasonal fruits all year."

Henry County

  • Honey Blossom Orchard - apples, honey from hives on the farm
    2950 Enterprise Road, Napoleon, OH 43545. Phone: 419-467-7848. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturdays in October from 1pm to 5pm. Directions: 2950 Enterprise Avenue Napoleon, OH next to Street Route 24 former site of one of the Mahnke Orchards at American Road & Enterprise Exit off Street Route 24 onto Industrial, drive North, Right on American Road, then County road 12. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard. . They have organic produce, honey bees & Sunflowers. We sell Honey, pollen, beeswax, produce, Jams, Strawberry & Pumpkin Bread and offers a location for rent for your your agricultural events. open by appt made by phone (419-467-7848, by or by facebook page message We will also have apple cider made from our apples by Mahnke Orchards. We also take Ohio Senior Discount coupons. Other items we have available in addition to pyo apples are local honey, cut comb honey, beeswax, beeswac lip balm, ready to go apples, apple butter, baked goods, canned goods and fall organic vegetables.(ADDED: October 06, 2016)

Lucas County

  • Johnston Fruit Farms - apples, blueberries, pumpkins, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), peaches, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    2790 Airport Highway, Swanton, OH 43558. Phone: (419) 826-1453. Email: [email protected]. Open: Please call ahead for U - Pick dates and times. Directions: From Toledo: We are on Airport Highway, one mile west of Swanton. From points west of Delta: We are on Airport Highway (also called Route 2) 5 miles East of Delta. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. . Join us the last Saturday in September for our annual "Apples for Everyone" each year we donate over 20,000 pounds of apples to local food banks on this day; Food, music, and fun for all ages. The season begins around June 1 and ends after Christmas. Strawberries typically begin around June 1, PYO usually around June 15 with the season ending by June 30 or so; PYO blueberries ripen around July 15 and run 2 to 3 weeks, peaches are plentiful in August and apples begin to ripen in September, but PYO apples are certain weekends in September and October Call for details on all crops. We are probably the only place in the area where you can still get fresh, unpasteurized cider, made daily at our own state inspected cider mill! Taste why we are famous for our cider - made the way it should be.
    Comments from a visitor on October 05, 2010: "This is a great U Pick apple farm, as well as strawberry, raspberry, pumpkin, and other things. There are a good selection of apple varieties, and enough of each variety, there was no problem picking a couple of bushels. Highly recommended in NW Ohio, there aren't alot of U Picks around any more."
    Comments from a visitor on October 27, 2009: "I LOVE Johnston's! The kids like to play at the petting zoo and you can shop while they do. Their products are fresh and wonderful, their service is amazing. They give samples and have excellent seconds. From the start of Strawberry season until the last of their cold storage apples are sold. There is a wonderful picnic area and petting zoo. The foods are wonderful, they sell locally made baked goods, jams and candles. They grow and sell Honey Crisp apples which I hold as the best apples ever. There is pick your own seasonal fruits all year."
  • MacQueen's - apples, cider mill, pony rides, wagon rides, kiddie rides, craft shows, barbeques, apple pie baking contest, and live entertainment.
    Garden and Gunn Road, Holland, OH . Phone: 419-865-2916. Email: [email protected]. Open: Year Round, We also have lots of exciting events and activities throughout the fall: Check out our full schedule. Click here for a map and directions.
    MacQueen's Facebook page. . Scheduled tours are available to see how the apples are washed and prepared, and then squished by our giant apple cider press to produce one of nature's finest drinks!School Tours and groups are provided special walk-through tours of the MacQueen Orchards Cider Mill and our Packing Plant.Learn more about scheduling your tour group. Pick Your Own season usually begins around September 16th, and continues through the 3rd week in October. Please call to see what we are picking and when. Pick Your Own Apples are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Granny Smith and Ida Red. When you are ready to pick your own, see the attendant before entering the orchard. There is a minimum of 1/2 bushel to enter. You prepay, and are given bags according to how many you want to pick, along with a ticket.

Ottawa County

Sandusky County

  • Eshleman Fruit Farm - apples, cherries, nectarines, peaches, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, farm market, picnic area, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    753 E. Maple Street (rt. 101), Clyde, OH 43410. Phone: 419-547-9584. Email: [email protected]. Open: June 28 to October 31 as the fruit is ripe and ready to pick Daily 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sundays - 12 pm to 5 pm and holidays. Directions: State Route 101 - 1 mile north of Route 20 in Clyde, OH 43410. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Eshleman Fruit Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 419-547-0445. Fax: 419-547-9554. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. At Eshleman's you will have the choice to purchase already picked fruit in the market or you may go out in our orchards and Pick-Your-Own! This is our most popular attraction at. We reserve special areas of the orchard just so our customers can experience picking their own fruit straight from the tree's. This option is available for cherries, peaches and apples as long as the crop is plentiful. Please give us a call or visit our "What's Happening Now" page to see if anything is available for "Pick-Your-Own" before making your visit to. Should there be storms, bad weather or lightning customers may not be permitted to go out in our orchards for U-PICK.Upick start with sweet cherries, then tart cherries, peaches and apples; In the market we also have fresh apricots from our orchard; Pears, plums, berries and vegetables from local farmers; Many other products from local suppliers; We also wholesale our fruits; Bring the family for the best flavored fruit because it is tree ripened!.

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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