Fall is here and I couldn’t be more excited! Each weekend my little family and I like to get out and do something outdoors. It’s a little early for pumpkin patches, so why not go pick some apples instead?! There are so many yummy recipes you can make with the apples you pick, too! It’s the perfect weekend activity for everyone! So grab your flannels and get pickin’!
First, some tips for visiting a u-pick orchard:
- Dress appropriately! Sturdy shoes or rain boots are good choices. Expect uneven terrain and muddy ruts!
- Most orchards will offer buckets and some offer wagons. Call ahead to ask.
- Though many take credit and debit cards, having cash is never a bad idea.
- If you follow no other tip, make sure you call or check their Facebook page before heading out. Different apple varieties ripen at different times, and the popular types sometimes run out. Many orchards will also close for inclement weather.
- Many orchards will offer already-picked apples to purchase and even “ground apples” (those picked up off the ground and may have some blemishes) for a discounted price. Check late in the season for discounts–these are great for things like applesauce and pies!
- Ask about varieties – depending on what you want to do with your apples you will be directed to those best for cooking or eating.
- Don’t forget the extras – apple cider, baked goods, and even gift items are usually available for purchase.
- Allergic to bees or wasps? Orchards are the perfect place for them, so be careful
CMB Mom Pick
Tuken's Orchard & Farm Market
Tuken’s is the premier u-pick destination for a plethora of fruits and vegetables. With 42 varieties of early, mid, and late season apples, visitors can pick their own from August through November. The orchard is specifically designed for u-pick, as the trees are heavy fruiting and apples hang lower to the ground for easy access.
***DMB Mom Tip – Stop by their market to check out their gourmet products, treat yourself to an apple cider slushie or a dip of home made ice cream.
Summer Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am to 6 pm & Sun 11 am to 5 pm
Here are some other local “picks” for old-fashioned orchard fun:
A&M Farm Orchard
22141 State Route 251
1042 Inlow Avenue
5474 North State Route 48
8200 Worley Mill Road
2697 Pringle Rd
And if simply checking out the orchard doesn’t help you with that Fall apple craving, you can always head over to Country Apple Fest in Lebanon.
Warren County Fairgrounds
665 N. Broadway St.
September 30th, 2017 – 10am to 7 pm
FREE Admission, FREE Parking.
One day only, Rain or Shine.
Wondering what to do with your apple haul? One of the simplest things you can do is make slow cooker applesauce! Recruit younger kids to dump the ingredients in. The older kids can help with supervised cutting. Here’s a super easy version:
Do you have a favorite recipe for those fresh applies? Share in the comments!