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A Mom’s Guide to Local U-Pick Apple Fun {2017}

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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

Are you looking for that perfect family-friendly orchard to check out this fall? We would love to suggest Tuken’s Orchard & Farm Market. Your kiddos will love checking out the Critter Coral (small fee applies), exploring the orchard & farm, and of course – picking those delicious apples!

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

15725 Eaton Pike
West Alexandria, OH 45381
937-687-3848

Here are some other local “picks” for old-fashioned orchard fun:

A&M Farm Orchard
22141 State Route 251
Midland, OH
513-875-2500

B and D Berry Farm 
1042 Inlow Avenue
Peebles, OH
937-509-1327
 
Hidden Valley Fruit Farm 
5474 North State Route 48
Lebanon, OH 
513-932-1869
 
1640 Stubbs Mill Road
Lebanon, OH 45036
513-932-2853
 
Karnes Orchard 
8200 Worley Mill Road
Hillsboro, Ohio 
740-239-3007
 
Pringles Orchard
2697 Pringle Rd
Goshen, OH
513-625-9866

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.
Lebanon, Ohio 

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:

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Do you have a favorite recipe for those fresh applies? Share in the comments!

3 Responses to A Mom’s Guide to Local U-Pick Apple Fun {2017}

  1. Mindi September 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica August 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

    I love U-pick spots! They are so much fun! It is relaxing and teaches kids that their food doesn’t just come from grocery stores. I’m definitely going to check out this list and put it on my bucket list for things to do with my daughter this fall!

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