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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Toledo area of Ohio in 2022, by county

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

Fulton 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.
    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."

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."

Ottawa County

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

Pumpkin recipes

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


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