Fall has descended on Ohio and apple picking is at its finest at The Orchard and Co. in Plain City, Ohio! There is so much to see and experience in Madison and Union County, where the fields are turning from green to brown, corn is ready to harvest and at The Orchard and Company, apples to pick.
This orchard will exceed your expectations about what you think about apple picking. You don’t just pick apples here; they are providing you a whole farm experience. Upon arrival, you head toward the small barn where you can purchase your apple picking bags, farm wrist bands, and get the information you need for your day at the farm.
Ask your questions:
Take your time to ask questions and find out about the apples that are available to pick before you head out into the apple trees. It’s more than picking apples, it is knowing what kinds there are, how they can be used, and what the flavor of the apple is.
Things to do!
There was no denying that the Hayride was #1 on everyone’s list, so we headed there and got in line. It was so relaxing to ride around the orchard and take in all the beauty. My relaxation did not last long, because once we got off the hay wagon the kids took off toward the farmyard to enjoy the festivities, they have there for the kids and grandkids.
They have a zip line, slide, corn “sandbox”, also known as the Corn Pit, (a box filled with corn for your kids to play in), peddle cars, jumping pillows, and Moo Moo Express. The Moo Moo express is a train of cars that is pulled around the orchard. It was amazing and one of the highlights for my kids, they went more than once and I hardly could keep them off of it!
There is so much to do in the farmyard, it is something you should absolutely plan on doing while you are there at the orchard.
Make sure to EAT!
After exhausting the kids, and myself, we chose to have a snack in the cafe’ located right beside the farmyard play area. We noshed on smoked BBQ, Nathan’s hot dogs, and apple cider slushies! The food was delicious and we will certainly stop back in there on a weekend, just to have a sandwich and enjoy the venue.
Pick Your Apples!
After eating, the apple trees were calling. This was my granddaughters first trip to an apple orchard and I had an amazing time snapping pictures while in the beautiful orchard. The children filled our bag to the brim with the Jonagold Apples. These apples are good for baking and eating, mostly just eating at my house. I never get time to bake before my family devours yummy fruit.
There was so much to do, we could not do it all!
The kids wanted to fish and do the gem mining that they offer, which costs extra, but I had already spent money at the cafe’, buying apples and pumpkins, that we chose not to do these activities. They looked like fun and my kids were disappointed I said, “no”, but there are sometimes limits to fun. #itsamomlife
We ended our beautiful afternoon and evening picking out pumpkins and taking family pictures at the orchard. There is something magical about ending a wonderful time of fun sitting among some straw bales and pumpkins, watching the sun begin to set. The Orchard and Company is just the place to come and experience that kind of magic.
Call ahead to find out what apples they are picking on the weekend you choose to go!
Unfortunately, due to liability insurance restrictions pets are not allowed on the premises while we’re open to the public. Service animals are always welcome.
Am I required to pay admission if I don’t intend to participate on the attractions?
Admission is not required for u-pick apples or to visit the store and café. If you are entering the roped-off “Farmyard Area” admission is general admission and everyone entering that area will need to purchase a Farmyard Pass unless they are two years of age or younger.
Can I bring my own fishing equipment?
No, We provide fishing equipment upon the purchase of your fishing bait at the ticket booth, we even have someone available to help bait and remove fish from your hook. All fish are catch and release.
Do you accept credit cards?
We have Square and accept most major credit cards.
Are you only open weekends?
Yes, our hours to the public are weekends 11 AM – 6 PM beginning the second weekend in September – October.
How much do pumpkins cost?
We price pumpkins by size and characteristics not by the pound. Most carve-able size pumpkins range in price from $4-$10.
**Our farmyard passes were given to us, all opinions in this blog are, as always, my own.**
Orchard and Company is a wonderful way to spend the weekend! Plain City, Ohio has so much to do and enjoy. Make this area one of your top fall destinations.