With an April freeze and a hot, dry summer, many area apple orchards are reporting that less than 10 percent of their crops were viable this fall — a bummer for those looking for some fresh, local fruit to pair with honey this High Holiday season.
To save you time, we asked for your recommendation (overwhelmingly, it was Eddy's, listed first) and then called dozens of apple orchards to check on pick-your-own apple availability. Check out our list below.
*Eddy Fruit Farm (Reader’s pick!)* | 12079 Caves Road, Chesterland, OH 44026. Phone: 440-729-7842 | Offering pick-your-own on two weekends only: Sept. 22/23 and Sept. 29/30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spring Hill Orchards & Farm Market | 6062 South Ridge Road West, Geneva, OH 44041. Phone: 440-466-7480 | Spring Hill has pick-your-own hours this Saturday, Sept. 15 only at their Mulberry location. Be there promptly at 9 a.m.
Gede’s Fruit Farm | 48799 Telegraph Road, Amherst, OH 44001. Phone: 440-986-5161 | Pick your own apples seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until supplies last.
Hillcrest Orchards | 50336 Telegraph Road, Amherst, OH 44001. Phone: 440-965-8884 | One weekend only: pick your own apples Sept. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Miller Orchards | 50549 State Route 113, Amherst, OH 44001. Phone: 440-965-7077 | Pick your own apples Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Apple Pickin’ Spree and festival Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apple Cabin | 7665 Lafayette Rd., Lodi, OH 44257 Phone: 330-948-0147| Pick your own apples 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Hillside Orchard and Farm Market | 2397 Center Road, Hinckley, OH 44233-0281. Phone: 330-225-4748 | Pick your own apples from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29; from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 30; and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in October.
Pick n’ Save Orchard | 1222 Ledge Road, Medina, OH 44256. Phone: 330 239-1480 | Pick your own apples daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monroe’s Orchard and Farm Market | 6313 Pioneer Trail, Hiram, OH 44234. Phone: 330-569-7464 | Pick your own apples Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Stotlers Orchard | 4597 Laubert Road, Randolph, OH 44201. Phone: 330-947-3373 | Pick your own apples Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Dunlap’s Orchard | 1106 Apple Ridge Road, Green, OH 44216. Phone: 330-896-8650 | Pick your own apples Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.