Wednesday, May 30, 2001

You-pick produce farms




        Following is a list of area orchards and farms and the you-pick produce available during summer and fall. Call ahead to check availability and operating hours. (If we missed your farm, drop a note to YOU PICK, the Enquirer, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati 45202.)
[photo] Picking fruits can be a family affair.
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Southwestern Ohio

        A&M Farm Orchard, 22141 Ohio 251, Midland. 875-2500. Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday.

        Late May-early June: strawberries. September-October: apples and grapes.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-275 east to Ohio 28 to Blanchester, then south on Ohio 123 to Ohio 251; farm is 1 mile north.

        Barn 'n' Bunk Farm Market, Ohio 73 and Wayne-Madison Road, Trenton. (513) 988-9211. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday.

        Late May-early June: strawberries and snow peas. Late June-August: half runner beans, stringless beans.

        To get there: Take I-75 north to Ohio 63; go west on Ohio 63 to Ohio 4 and then north on Ohio 4 to Ohio 73. Go west on Ohio 73. Farm is near Ohio 73 and Wayne-Madison Road.

        Barrett's Strawberry Farm, 11434 Fairfield Road, Leesburg. (937) 780-4961. Hours: 8 a.m.-dark daily.

        Late May-early June: strawberries.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-275 east to Ohio 28, go east to Leesburg. Turn right on Ohio 771, continue for 3/4 mile, turn right on Fairfield Road. Follow signs to farm.

        Bet-ter Farm, 1971 Sicily Road, Mount Orab. (937) 446-2593. Hours: 8 a.m. until closing Monday-Saturday.

        Late May-early June: strawberries.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-275 east to Ohio 32, go east to Sicily Road past Mount Orab. Turn left; farm is 3 1/2 miles beyond.

        Blooms & Berries, 9669 Ohio 48, Loveland. 697-9173. Call for picking times and availability.

        Late May-early June: strawberries. Late June: raspberries, green beans, tomatoes. October: pumpkins

        To get there: Take I-71 north to Ohio 48 exit (Lebanon). Turn south on Ohio 48, through Maineville. Farm is about 2 miles on right, south of Maineville.

        Helton Farm, 1523 Ohio 125, Hamersville. (937) 379-1104. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Call ahead.

        Late June: beans. Mid-July-September: corn and tomatoes. October: pumpkins.

        To get there: Take I-275 east to Beechmont-Amelia exit (Ohio 125). Go east about 19 miles; farm is on left on Ohio 125.

        Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. Ohio 48, Lebanon. (513) 932-1869. Call for picking times.

        Late May-early June: strawberries. Late June: early apples. Late June-early July: blueberries, red raspberries, blackberries, apples, green beans. Late July-August: peaches. August: pears, sweet corn. August-September: apples, Concord, Fredonia and Niagara grapes. September-October: apples, pumpkins.

        To get there: Take I-75 north to the Middletown exit which is Ohio 122. Go east 7 miles to Ohio 48. Go north 2 miles to farm.

        Irons' Fruit Farm, 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon. (513) 932-2853. Call for picking times and availability.

        Mid-June: tart cherries. Late June-early-July: blueberries. Late July-August: thornless blackberries. September-October: red raspberries. Mid-September-October: apples. Late-September: pumpkins.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-71 north to Ohio 123. Go north toward Lebanon; turn left on Stubbs Mill Road and watch for signs about 2 miles beyond on left.

        Red Raspberry Acres, 4658 Ohio Route 222, Batavia. 732-1440. Call for availability and hours of operation.

        Mid-June-mid-July: red raspberries.

        To get there: Take I-275 east to Ohio 32. Go east to Owensville exit (Ohio 132). Take Ohio 132 and turn right onto Ohio 222. Farm is about 2 1/2 miles on right.

        Rothschild Berry Farm, 3143 East Ohio 36, Urbana. (800) 356-8933.

        Mid-August-early October: red raspberries.

        To get there: Take I-75 north. Take Ohio 675 east toward Columbus. Take Ohio 68 north and follow signs to Urbana. At traffic circle in town, turn right on Ohio 36. Farm is about 3 miles east of Urbana, on right.

        Rouster's Apple House, 1986 Ohio 131, Milford. 625-5504. Hours: 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday-Sunday.

        Late June-August: blueberries. Late June-early July: red and purple raspberries. Mid-July: thornless blackberries.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-275 east to U.S. 50. Drive west to first traffic light and turn right on Ohio 131; farm is 6 miles beyond. Blueberry orchards are 500 yards before apple house, on right side of road.

        • Spaeth Farm, 1469 South Ohio 741, Lebanon. (513) 932-2151. Call ahead for availability and picking times.

        Late May and June: strawberries. Late July: tomatoes, green beans.

        To get there: Take I-71 north, exit at Kings Island (exit 25); turn left on Ohio 741; farm is about 5 miles north on the left. From I-75 north, take exit 29 and turn right on Ohio 63. Turn right on Ohio 741. Farm is on right.

        Dale Stokes Fruit Farm, 3182 Center Road, Wilmington. (937) 382-4004. Hours: 8 a.m.-dark daily.

        Late May: strawberries. Mid June-early July: black and red raspberries.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-71 to Ohio 73. Drive east to Williams Road; turn left. Turn right on Center Road to farm.

        Windmill Farm Market, 1454 East Ohio 73, Springboro. (937) 885-3965. Call for availability of produce.

        Early June: red raspberries. Mid-June: blueberries, black raspberries. October: pumpkins.

        Containers provided.

        To get there: Take I-71 north to Ohio 73. Go west 13 miles. Follow signs to farm on right, 5 miles west of Waynesville and 3 miles east of Springboro.

Northern Kentucky
       

        Barker's Blackberry Hill Winery, 16629 Mount Zion-Verona Road, Crittenden. (859) 428-0377. Call for picking hours.

        July-August: Blackberries.

        To get there: Take I-75 south to Ky. 491, go west on 491 to Mount Zion-Verona Road and go south. Farm on the left.

       

        McGlassen's Farm, Ky. 8, Taylorsport. (859) 689-5229. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead.

        August-October: green beans and tomatoes. October: turnips and mustard greens.

        Bring containers.

        To get there: Take 1-275 west to Ky. 20 north; turn right onto Ky. 20, which dead-ends into Ky. 8; turn left onto Ky. 8; farm is 3 miles on right.

Southeastern Indiana
       

        Alpine Berry Farm, 26185 Pocket Road, Batesville, Ind. (812) 934-6677. Call for hours and availability.

        Late June-mid September: blueberries. July: raspberries.

        To get there: Take I-74 west to Batesville exit. Turn left on Ind.229; turn right on Ind. 46 and go 1 mile. Turn right on Huntersville Road; go 1 mile; turn left on West Pocket Road. Farm is 1.8 miles on right.

        Beiersdorfer Orchard, 21874 Kuebel Road, Guilford, Ind. (812) 487-2695. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

        Late June: tart cherries. Sweet cherries: Call for availability.

        To get there: Take I-275 west to Lawrenceburg (Exit 16). Go 5 miles north on Ind. 1. Turn left on Yorkridge Road, and follow for 4 miles. Turn left at Kuebel Road. Look for sign.

        The Berry Patch, 9429 Yorkridge Road, Guilford, Ind. (812) 623-3774 or 812-623-1433. Call ahead for hours and availability.

        Late May-June: strawberries. July: blueberries and blackberries. September-October: pumpkins.

        To get there: Take I-74 west to St. Leon exit (Ind. 1). Turn left and stay on Ind. 1 to Dover. Turn right on North Dearborn and drive about 2 miles to New Alsace. Turn left on Yorkridge Road. Farm is on right.
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— Compiled by Mona Fuqua

       



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