Top Spots: Best apple orchards in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It’s finally September, and you know what that means… It’s apple picking season! Whether you like to pick your own, grab a bushel from a market, down some delicious cider or want other fall fruits and vegetables, NBC4 viewers say you have to try these orchards and farms out!

Lynd Fruit Farm

Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala is the overwhelming favorite of NBC4 viewers, and it’s easy to see why. This eighth-generation family farm has been a Central Ohio staple since the early 1900s. With a pick-your-own-apples program and 60,000 apple trees, the selection is unbeatable.

Laurelville Fruit Farm

If you’re looking for apple cider, look no further than Laurelville Fruit Farm. Even though Laurelville is a bit of a drive from the center of Columbus, the cider is definitely worth the drive according to NBC4 viewers. Not into cider? Don’t worry — they have a wide selection of apples, jellies, local honey and their famous apple cider vinegar.

Branstool Orchards

While Branstool is known best for their peaches, NBC4 viewers also rank this orchard among the best places for fall apple picking. Tucked away in Utica, Branstool spans 35 acres of rolling hills and boasts 37 varieties of apples.

Legend Hills Orchard & country Store

Another favorite in Uitica is Legend Hills Orchard Farm. The original land the orchard started on has been operated by the Hor family for more than 100 years! Can’t make the trip out there? Sit back, relax and order online!

Cherry Hawk Farms

Just a short drive from Columbus, Cherry Hawk Farms in Marysville offers a simple apple picking experience. However, if you’re looking for a specific type of apple, you had better hurry to this popular spot — their Honeycrisp crop sold out in just a few hours!

Lawrence Orchards

With award-winning apple cider, pick-your-own apples and a selection that extends into more fall favorites (pumpkins!), you can’t go wrong with a visit to Lawrence Orchards in Marion. Don’t have time to pick your own? Stop by the farm market, open 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.

Karnes’ Family Orchard

Karnes’ Family Orchard is a bit of a drive, but it’s totally worth it. The commercial version of the Karnes’ orchard opened in 1876. With a few location changes and a couple recovery periods, the orchard is now back to its original location and is better than ever! Tucked away in the scenic hills of southern Central Ohio, they have more than 2,000 trees and 30 varieties of apples, including some of the original varieties the orchard started with in the 1800s.

Hirsch Fruit Farm

If you’re in the Chillicothe area this fall, it will be impossible to pass up a visit to Hirsch’s. The fourth-generation family farmers have worked hard to expand the varieties of fruits and vegetables available for purchase, and work hard to uphold the quality and value customers expect. Plus, if you can’t make it to Chillicothe, they sell their apples, peaches, gift boxes and more at several Columbus-area farmers’ markets.

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