Bring out the pumpkins and down the apple cider: Johnston Fruit Farms is ready for October

By Chris Galford

Johnston Fruit Farms will offer U-Pick apples through October 31, alongside their cider and fresh doughnuts. 150 - 200

Johnston Fruit Farms will offer U-Pick apples through October 31, alongside their cider and fresh doughnuts. 150 – 200

The Johnston Fruit Farms are open for business, and while all taste buds always reap the benefits, kids are also in for some surprises.

With the harvest season hitting its peak this month, it’s high time for apples, and that means pick your own apples from the Johnston orchards—as well as pick your own pumpkins. Squash, gourds and decorative pumpkins will likewise be on display, but any kids turning out for those pickings will also find a free petting zoo and $3 hayrides on the weekends.

For the more enterprising among the crowds, though, Johnston Fruit Farms also offer a special insight into their production.

“We have a cider mill, along with a viewing window so people can watch the cider being made, from now until we run out of apples,” said owner Martha Mora.

The farms are open Monday through Saturday, from 8 am–7 pm and Sunday from 8 am–4 pm. Hayrides run 11 am–6:30 pm on Saturdays and 12–5:30 pm on Sundays.

Additionally, Martha sends a shout out to the Walt Churchills Market: “We are so pleased and excited to have Walt Churchills Market carry our apple butter! Thank you Churchills for supporting local foods, we LOVE your store!”

If you have found this story to be interesting, informative or inspiring, please let Martha know! You can contact her at (419) 826-1453; visit the website at http://www.johnstonfruitfarms.com/; or visit the Johnston Fruit Farms at 2790 Airport Highway, Swanton, Ohio.