I may not have very many ongoing traditions, but, visiting Lynd’s farm each September is one of them. For the last five years, I have taken my nanny kiddos, but, this year – I took my little sister and niece. Spoiler alert – they had the BEST time.
Lynd’s has a long history, one I didn’t know! There story starts all the way back in 1880. Currently, they’re in the 8th generation of Lynd apple growers.
"The Pick Your Own Apples program started in the middle 60’s. During the first few years, customers parked in the packing house area and were hauled out to (and back from) the orchards on wagons on loan from The Ohio State Fair, but after several years the crowds became too large for this to work smoothly. The decision was made to allow the customers to drive directly into the orchards and park near the trees, a decision that proved very popular with the general public! Wagon rides came back as an optional fun activity in 1996. Restored antique John Deere tractors were acquired to pull our custom made people wagons." - Lynd Fruit Farm Website
I also read that they are located in three different townships, which consists of about 500 acres – resulting in approximately 60,000 apple trees! On top of that, they have 20 acres of peaches and 16 acres of berries. To learn more on the history and what goes into keeping an apple orchard going, click here.
When you look at where they are located, it may seem far to you. I used to live in New Albany and that is the reason I first found out about Lynd’s. Rest assure, they aren’t that far away. You get right on 161 and go out a few miles or you can even take Morse Rd. all the way out. They’re located at 9393 Morse Rd SW which is technically Pataskala. The drive out is BEAUTIFUL.
Before you walk in, you will notice a few must stop at things, such as checkers and sampling of pickles.
Once you take your picture in the big chair and explore everything outside of the market, you have to go inside. Be prepared to be BLOWN away. They have EVERYTHING you can imagine from homemade applesauce to homegrown produce to fall decorative. Just like the pickles, you have to be careful. You will want one of everything. Keep in mind, they’re open Sunday – Saturday, 9-7 daily, mid July through mid November.
After you explore the market, make sure you get outside to measure your kiddo at the “How Tall This Fall” sign. Its a tradition and a fun way to see how much your kiddo has grown over the years.
Okay, it’s almost time to pick your apples, but, you have to stop at the snack shack, of course! Once you walk back outside, you won’t be able to walk away. The smells draw you right in.
After you have explored the market and everything surrounding it, it is finally time to pick apples. You do have to get in your car to get to most of the u-pick spots. If you ask any of the employee, they will point you in the right direction. They usually have 2-3 varieties of apples available each weekend. I and to lean towards the crunchy, not as sweet apples. Nothing worse than a mushy apple. Gross.
After you’ve picked your apples, you head to the exit. This is where you will pay. They do take cards, don’t worry! After you’ve paid, make sure you head over to the kids area. You’ll find a wonderful Maze for the big kids (and adults), Barrel Train, Fun Zone (playground), Mini Maze, Bouncing and even a Wagon Ride!
On the other side of the kid zone, you will find an area for the kids to use shovels and buckets, a swing set, a mini house to climb in with a slide and a few other fun things. I think Baby O would have stayed in there all afternoon if I would have let her.
Since we had the babe with us, we didn’t do the corn maze. It is 8 acres and takes little bit of time. I have done it previous years and it is a ton of fun. If you have older kiddos (or even just adults), I would suggest doing it.
If you can’t tell, I am a big fan of Lynd’s. They offer the perfect morning, afternoon or evening with your family. From kiddos to adults, there is something for everyone. Make sure you check their website for upcoming events.
Lynd Fruit Farm
9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
740.927.8559 – (Market Phone)
740.404.9967 – MAZE
740.927.1333 – (Recording for weekend updates in the late summer and fall)
740.927.7013 – (School Tours)
740.964.0974 – FAX
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