We told you where to find summer fun on the farm. Now it’s time to get your fill of pumpkin, spice, and everything nice during harvest season.
1. Niederman FarmKnown for its elaborate annual 17-acre corn maze, this family farm hosts a Fall Festival through September and October that includes all the usual autumnal festivities: a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and evening bonfires. Don’t forget to snag some freshly made kettle corn, cotton candy, or caramel apples. Open evenings Wed–Fri, Sat and Sun. $9 admission, kids 2 and under free. 4972 LeSourdesville-West Chester Rd., Liberty Twp., (513) 779 -6184, niedermanfamilyfarm.com
2. Blooms and Berries Farm MarketThe Fall On The Farm festival runs through Oct 31, and you’ll pay only $1 general admission for a play area (complete with straw maze), farm animals, and the Spookley Storyboard Trail (admission is free for children under two years of age). For $8, you can visit the 7-acre fairytale-themed corn maze and take a hayride to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Open every day 10-6 or 11-6. 9669 Ohio 48, Loveland, (513) 697-9173, bloomsandberries.com
3. Iron’s Fruit FarmWeekends in October, visit Iron’s for a corn maze, face painting, pony rides, hayrides, and pick-your-own apples, squash, and pumpkins. You’ll also find special events hosted every weekend throughout October, like the Daisy May BBQ and the country music stylings of The Haddix Family. Don’t leave without picking up some cinnamon cider doughnuts or sugar-dusted apple fritters from the bakery. 1640 Stubbs Mill Rd., Lebanon, (513) 932-2853 ironsfruitfarm.com
4. Gorman Heritage FarmEvery Saturday in October, you can visit Gorman for their annual Fall Farm Fest, featuring all the traditional harvest activities (hayrides, pumpkin patches) and a few less traditional ones (pumpkin slingshot tourney!). If you’re lucky, you’ll get there in time to see their award-winning sunflower patch in bloom. 10052 Reading Rd. Evendale, (513) 563-6663, gormanfarm.org
5. Hidden Valley Fruit Farm Our favorite thing at this old-timey roadside fruit farm is their creativity with that most iconic of harvest treats: the caramel apple. Hidden Valley’s version, dubbed the “Thriller” apple, is a large (freshly harvested) apple dipped in caramel, then dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts, then drizzled with even more chocolate. If you’re not well on your way to a food coma after that, visit the pumpkin patch and find yourself the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. The Ohio Cider Fest runs Oct 5 & 6. 5474 N. State Route 48, Lebanon, (513) 932-1869, hiddenvalleyfruitfarm.com
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