There are SO many fall farms to visit this time of year in and around Cincinnati! Everyone has their favorite but I thought I’d give a roundup of what’s out there and my own personal pro/cons to each farm we’ve visited over the years! If I’ve missed any, be sure to leave your favorite in the comments! Here’s my list in no particular order, you will see my own personal star rating next to the farm’s I’ve personally visited.
- Irons Fruit Farm – Lebanon, OH
Pros: My favorite part of this farm are the fresh handmade apple cider doughnuts. No entrance or parking fee. Cons: A lot of their products are shipped in from elsewhere, which I don’t like because they don’t tell you what’s from their farm and what’s been shipped in and from where. I always ask and get a vague answer which totally puts me off. This farm is not the most organized or nicest farm you’ll go to. The animal area is well under par and the fields are pretty over grown. The larger pumpkins are WAY expensive compared to other places. I rate it 2 starts out of 5 purely for the food we’ve had there.
- Bonnybrook Farm – Clarksville, OH
Pros: I loved everything about this farm. It’s probably one of the most beautiful farms we’ve been to and the grounds are HUGE. It’s great to let the kids run and burn off energy without the hassle of being crowded like other farms. No entrance or parking fee. I love how everything is spread out, you could easily spend hours here and really relax. Everything about this farm is meticulous. Most of the kids activities and play area is FREE. We paid for the wagon ride and it was well worth it at 40 mins long and professional actors along the way who act out what life was like back in the civil war in this area. (Check out their website for ticket discounts.) The food looked pretty yummy and we even saw that they do birthday parties there! (Totally doing this in the future for Emma’s Fall Birthday!) Cons: The price will put some people off because it is a little pricey as you pay for each thing you’d like to do. The wagon ride was $10 per person, kids 3 and under are free. (Still worth it IMO!) The larger pumpkins seemed reasonably priced, I liked they don’t weigh them and have them all priced at around $10 for a BIG pumpkin. We’re already planning our next trip here since it’s so close to us and family friendly. They also have wagon ride dinners during June-August that we are looking forward to trying next year! Perfect for our Anniversary or Birthday Dinner!
- Maple View Farm – Oregonia, OH
I haven’t been here yet this year but I liked that their festival was only $5 per person to get in and you are able to do everything on the farm with that price. They have a self serve honor system for their farm market and they had put put this year at their fall festival. If you’re looking for a hidden gem that’s off the beaten trail, check this place out!
- A&M Farm – Midland, OH
I have not been here but I have heard great reviews about their you-pick orchard and they seem to have great prices from what I’ve heard! I do not know about pesticides they may or may not use on their produce so be sure to ask!
- Blooms & Berries – Loveland, OH
Pros: Fun farm, lots for the kids to do. Nice hay ride to pick your own pumpkin and cheap admission for as low as $1. We’ve been going here for years and go back at least once every year. I got BIG beautiful mums here for $5.99 which I thought was decent. Cons: Parking is free but it’s a pain, the pot holes get worse every year and be sure to bring mud boots because it gets really muddy.
- Gorman Heritage Farm – Evendale, OH
Pros: I love Gorman Heritage Farm because they have a lot for kids to do. Their Sunflower Festival is well worth the admission price and we loved the wagon ride. I also love the kids crafts, gardens and all the tools available for the kids to play with in the garden. They have a fun little animal petting area for kids to see goats, chickens, etc. up close and personal. In the past, they have had delicious food trucks there that we have loved. The grounds are pretty big so it’s another nice place for the kids to run and it doesn’t feel so crowded. Cons: While parking is FREE, you do have to pay an admission price at $8 for adults and $5 for kids. This can add up quickly if you have a large family!
- Shappacher Farm – Mason, OH
I haven’t been here yet but I’ve heard great things about this farm, mainly because they are a family fun organization and believe in families spending time together without having to pay a fortune! They have a lot of FREE stuff here including a hay ride, corn maze and petting pens to name a few! I’ve heard that pumpkins are decently priced here too so you won’t break the bank with this farm!
- Hidden Valley Farm – Lebanon, OH
Pros: This farm has a lot to offer, it has handmade bakery items, ice cream and lots of produce. Cons: I have been a little put off from this farm when I saw them unpacking A LOT of their produce from boxes and taking the labels off that had been shipped in from elsewhere. It’s a big misconception that I’ve seen a lot of farms do – I’m not a fan of it because you think you’re buying locally grown produce when you’re really not. We got blackberries this year from them that were grown on their farm and they weren’t very good – not worth the drive IMO when there are so many nicer farms around that are a little more authentic. The hayrides on the weekend are $4 per person. Not my favorite farm.
- Parky’s Farm – Winton Woods, OH
I have yet to make the trek over here but I have heard SO many fun things about their Halloween nights! Check out Tricia’s post about their experience with their family! It’s a non-scary way to celebrate Halloween which I love! They have hay rides, bounce houses and campfires! Tickets are $7 per person, kids under 2 are free. You can purchase tickets at a discount online for only 6$! That is totally worth it! Can’t wait to check this place out!
- Shaw Farm – Milford, OH
Free admission and free parking at this farm. Check out their website – they have so many great pictures of all the fun they offer on the weekends in October! I have not been to this one but look forward to checking it out!
- The Black Barn – Lebanon, OH
Pros: Cute farm with lots of seasonal produce and plants. They seem to be more up front about not all their produce coming from their farm, labeling “Georgia Peaches” so you know more what you’re getting. They have really nice green houses and a large selection of flowers. Cons: This is a smaller farm, not a large operation so I wouldn’t recommend driving to this one unless you’re “in the neighborhood” or driving by to stop in and see what they have. I have heard they do some Fall Activities but couldn’t find them on their FB page.
- Neiderman Family Farm – Liberty Township, OH
I haven’t been to this one but it makes the list because of their HUGE corn maze and I love the old fashion hay ride being pulled by horses. Hay rides are $9 so this one looks to be one of the more expensive! I would love to hear if it’s worth the money – let me know if you’ve been a like this farm!
- Barn n’ Bunk – Trenton, OH
I have never heard of this place until this year but it looks so cool – I love the themed Fall Weekends…Luke would LOVE the Cowboy Weekend!
- Branstrator Farm – Clarksville, OH
Pros: Love this farm! It’s pretty nicely organized, we loved strawberry picking there earlier this year and the crops are really well kept and were decently priced I thought. If you are at the farm stall and don’t have cash they offer a pay through paypal option on their website which is really nice! Cons: I’m not sure if they offer Fall Fun because I couldn’t see anything on their website but I know they offer a Spring Festival which we will be going to for sure next year!
What are YOUR favorite Fall Farms that should make the list?!