We love fall. Love it! From the cool morning air to the changing leaves, autumn has long been that time of year when I feel most at peace. With school back in session and all the activity that comes with it, weekends allow for some down time for exploring and catching up. If your family loves the outdoors, fall is also a great time for picking local fruits and vegetables. Harvest time is here for apples and pumpkins! Do I detect a pie in your future?
Hop in your car and head out to these locations for some family fun:
11946 Old Lexington Pike, Boone County, Walton, KY 41094. Phone: (859) 485-7000. www.bentonfarm.com
Open in October for Pumpkin Days on the Farm. Saturdays and Sundays only from 10:30am to 6 pm. $7 each (under 3 years old are free). Hayrides, pony rides, concessions. Pumpkins sold by weight. This is a 260 acre working farm that also hosts field trips, reunions and other events. Restrooms.
Directions: From I-75, take Exit 175 (Richwood) and go east one quarter mile to the first stop light. Go straight through stoplight across railroad tracks. Turn right onto Old Lexington Pike. Farm is about 2 miles on the left.
5832 River Road, Hebron, KY 41048. Phone: 859-689-5229. www.mcglassonfarms.com
This family owned farm has been operated by the McGlasson family for six generations and is located on the very scenic Route 8 along the Ohio River. Crops are available June-October. Open: Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm. During October, there is a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own or buy one ready to go. Restrooms, picnic area.
Directions: Three miles west of Anderson Ferry on Route 8 (River Road) in Kentucky .Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm. July 1 through October 31 for all other fruits and vegetables.
Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241. Phone: 513-563-6663. www.gormanfarm.org
Gorman Heritage Farm is a local 122-acre working and educational farm, located just minutes from Cincinnati, off I-75 and I-71 in Evendale, Ohio. The Farm is managed by the Gorman Heritage Farm Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
October 4-5 brings the Sunflower Festival! Named one of the best festivals by Ohio Magazine for 2014, it features: farmyard, hayrides, pumpkin launcher, food trucks, entertainment, pumpkins to pick and acres of sunflowers for strolling. Open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on these dates. Admission: Adults: $8, Kids (3-17) and Seniors (65+): $5. Gorman Heritage Farm Members free.
From Interstate 75:
Take Exit 14, Glendale-Milford Road. Exit and travel east towards Evendale 1.2 miles until the intersection of Reading Road. Turn right, going south. Turn left at the third light, 0.6 miles south of Glendale-Milford Road. Be sure to look for the Gorman Heritage Farm sign!
From Interstate 71:
Take exit 15, Turn Left onto Pfeiffer Road. Follow Pfeiffer (which turns into Glendale Milford Road at Reed Hartman Highway) west 3 miles; turn left onto Reading Road. Turn left at the third light, 0.6 miles south of Glendale-Milford Road. Be sure to look for the Gorman Heritage Farm sign!
Irons Fruit Farm
1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon, OH 45036, phone 513-932-2853, www.ironsfruitfarm.com
Crops available to pick yourself-apples (mid-September) and pumpkins (late September-October). Ice cream, picnic tables, Fall events including hayrides and 14-acre corn maze. Shop features apple butter (their own), preserves, cider, bakery products and local honey. This is a fourth generation family farm.
Direction: from Cincinnati: north on I-75 to Monroe/Lebanon exit; right on Route 63 to 6 miles to Lebanon, then continue on Route 123 to Stubbs Mill Road, turn right (@ Bob Evans) and go about 2 miles to Iron’s Fruit Farm (on left) OR I-71 North to exit 32 (Morrow/Lebanon); go left on State Route 123; turn left on Stubbs Mill road (@ Bob Evans) go about 2 miles to farm, on left. From Dayton: South on I-75 to Monroe/Lebanon Exit; left on Route 63 into Lebanon.