A-peel-ing fun: The best orchards for apple picking this fall

Monnin’s Fruit Farm. Phyllis and Roger Monnin founded the family business.
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Monnin’s Fruit Farm. Phyllis and Roger Monnin founded the family business.

Credit: Monnin’s Fruit Farm

Credit: Monnin’s Fruit Farm

During the fall season, the apple truly hits its prime with delicious concoctions like apple cider, apple pie, caramel apples — and the list goes on. However, for those who like to make their own, a trip to an orchard to pick apples is yet another delight of the fall season.

Need help finding an apple orchard that offers apple picking near you? No sweat. Here are orchards offering customers the chance to be part of a timeless tradition and pick their own apples. Happy picking!

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🍎🍏Tüken’s Orchard and Farm Market

Tükens Farm boasts 2,800 low-hanging apple trees with over 40 different varieties of apples. Their orchard was specially designed for patrons to pick their own apples; the trees are shorter and heavy fruiting.  (Source: Facebook)
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Tükens Farm boasts 2,800 low-hanging apple trees with over 40 different varieties of apples. Their orchard was specially designed for patrons to pick their own apples; the trees are shorter and heavy fruiting.  (Source: Facebook)

Location: 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria

Hours: Now through late October on Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More info: www.tukensfarmmarket.com | Facebook

Though varieties of apples available for picking change on a nearly weekly basis, currently Tüken’s Orchard and Farm Market offers Jonagold, Cameo (their version of Honey Crisp), Rome, Mutsu, Ida Red, Braeburn, Cortland, Golden, Red Del., Fuji, Melrose, Empire and Gala apples at $1.99 per pound.

Also, wagon rides to the apple orchard will be available to customers, free of charge. While picking apples in the orchard, customers are asked to stay in the designated rows, as those left unmarked are not ready to be picked.

Along with apple-picking opportunities, the farm market also sells other fresh produce like tomatoes, green beans, beets, peaches, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers and winter squash. The store also sells other seasonal items, such as fresh cider in gallon or half-gallon jugs, cider slushies, mums, pumpkins and autumn decor.

🍎🍏Monnin’s Fruit Farm

Monnin’s Fruit Farm was founded by Phyllis and Roger Monnin in 1961. The couple's sons Nick and Glenn are now at the helm. In this 1980 photo, Marian Gilmore and Sarah Riley went apple picking. The sisters picked many bushels of apples for cobblers, pies and apple sauce.
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Monnin’s Fruit Farm was founded by Phyllis and Roger Monnin in 1961. The couple's sons Nick and Glenn are now at the helm. In this 1980 photo, Marian Gilmore and Sarah Riley went apple picking. The sisters picked many bushels of apples for cobblers, pies and apple sauce.

Credit: Dayton Daily News archives/ Charlie Steinbrunner

Credit: Dayton Daily News archives/ Charlie Steinbrunner

Location: 8201 Frederick Pike, Dayton

Hours: Open now through November from Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More info: www.monninsfruitfarm.com | Facebook

Since 1961, Monnin’s Fruit Farm, located on the outskirts of Vandalia, has been supplying customers with fresh fruit and fun for the whole family. Currently, the farm is welcoming guests to its farm to pick apples, pumpkins and gourds. Varieties of apples vary throughout the season, meaning that future customers should check the farm’s Facebook page frequently for updates on u-pick varieties.

Along with apple picking, the farm offers customers a chance to peruse their market stocked full of Amish baked goods, including jams and jellies.

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🍎🍏Wesler Orchards

An aerial view of Wesler Orchards in New Paris, where several varieties of apples are available for u-pick.
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An aerial view of Wesler Orchards in New Paris, where several varieties of apples are available for u-pick.

Credit: Wesler Orchards

Credit: Wesler Orchards

Location: 9319 Wesler Road, New Paris

Hours: Now through the end of October, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More info: www.weslerorchards.com | Facebook

Wesler Orchards is offering u-pick apples (check the orchard’s Facebook page for apple varieties still available for picking).

Other fresh produce, like watermelon, yellow squash, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes and potatoes, as well as cider and homemade pies, are also available for perusing at the market. The orchard also boasts an apple cannon, corn maze, wagon rides and a pumpkin patch.

🍎🍏Peifer Orchards

Peifer Orchards in Yellow Springs is offering u-pick opportunities for several varieties of apples this season.
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Peifer Orchards in Yellow Springs is offering u-pick opportunities for several varieties of apples this season.

Credit: Peifer Orchards

Credit: Peifer Orchards

Location: 4590 U.S. 68 N., Yellow Springs

Hours: Now through the middle or end of October, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More info: www.peiferorchards.com | Facebook

Peifer Orchards, with over 200 apple trees and acres of fruit, has become one of the most popular produce institutions in Yellow Springs.

Apple varieties available for picking will be listed in the orchard’s crop report.

The fee to enter the orchard is $2 per person and the apples are $1.99 per pound.

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🍎🍏Irons Fruit Farm

Produce from Irons Fruit Farm at the Oakwood farmers market. Get to know a market s vendors as you shop. SARA MASTBAUM THOMAS/CONTRIBUTED
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Produce from Irons Fruit Farm at the Oakwood farmers market. Get to know a market s vendors as you shop. SARA MASTBAUM THOMAS/CONTRIBUTED

Credit: SARA MASTBAUM THOMAS

Credit: SARA MASTBAUM THOMAS

Location: 1640 Stubbs Mill Rd., Lebanon

Hours: U-pick hours vary, so be sure to check the farm’s Facebook page for updated dates and hours.

More info: www.ironsfruitfarm.com | Facebook

Throughout October, the availability of u-pick apples at Irons Fruit Farm will vary. Varieties of u-pick apples include Fuji and Winesap.

After picking out their fair share of apples, customers can enjoy a corn maze, peruse the selection at the farm’s pumpkin patch or go on a free hayride.

Do you know of an apple orchard offering apples to pick from the tree this season? Please send the details to Ashley Moor at ashley.moor@coxinc.com to be added to our digital apple picking guide.