Lynd Fruit Farm, Pataskala
This past weekend my best friend and I, completely unaffected by the impending OSU vs USC match-up, traveled out to Pataskala to Lynd Fruit Farm. We had a beautiful day to trek out 161 to 310. At the intersection of 310 and Morse Road (you can’t miss it as there’s nothing else out there except homes separated by green fields) we came upon a sea of minivans.
Surrounding a large gravel parking lot, hidden to us by aforementioned minivans, is the Fruit Farm. A large white tent on the grounds is surrounded by wood crates of pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, melons, and bags of apples. Inside the tent is more fresh produce and country decorations perfect for Halloween. There are also stands of fresh jellies and apple butters.
The place was packed. We soon learned we were not where we wanted to be. We wanted to go to the actual farm to pick our own apples. After grabbing a beautiful, unblemished pumpkin for $5, and standing in a hugely long line (credit and checks are accepted besides cash) that moved quicker than I predicted, we headed down Morse Rd., about a city block length, to the farm one of the employees pointed out to us.
Positioned on Morse Road we pulled onto grassy fields and around a little farm. We were stopped by employees who handed out bags ($10 for 10lb bags or $15 for 20lb bags–you pay them later so take as many as you want when you pull in). After giving us way too much direction we found a place to park along the short apple trees chock full of apples.
It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect. There were few clouds in the sky and coolish temperatures. And the land is vast and green. Such a change from where we had started that morning.
We deciphered which apples were tart baking apples and which were juice eating apples by pulling them off the tree and biting in to them. Many of the apples were fist sized and rosey pink with green tints.
We ended up leaving with 40lbs of apples: half for baking and half for eating (I don’t remember exactly which varieties we brought home, we could only separate them into the two categories I mentioned to you but the employees know so if you’re looking for something specific they’ll show you exactly where they are).
So far we made one beautiful apple pie
Sunday morning we made fresh apple juice from the apples which was delicious. It was amazing how much juice we got out of four apples. Tonight I made applesauce for the first time in my life. It’s not bad and pretty easy. I put one cup containers in the freezer so it won’t spoil!
There is a lot of useful information on the website including a picking calendar and news on what’s ready to be picked. Their blog mentions that honeycrisp, gala, and sweet 16 were all picked from the trees by the end of the day Saturday but that mcintosh were available for Sunday still. The blog also says that “Beginning Friday 9/18 and continuing through the weekend we’ll open the orchard for u-pick Jonathon and Cortland. If you’re into pies and sauce, consider this your weekend to be at the farm!” You can even stay on top of the fruit farm news by following them on Twitter.com/lyndfruitfarm.
We had such a great experience at Lynd. I cannot wait to go back to pick pears or even apples again.
Lynd Fruit Farm, 9090 Morse Rd. SW, Pataskala