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Pumpkin season is here and it’s time to start planning your perfect pumpkin patch adventure. Whether you’re taking your kids to pick out the family jack-o-lantern or picking pumpkins to post the perfect Instagram photo with your friends, plan out your trip ahead of time with great photo-op tips and details on all the local farms offering pumpkin picking and more fun activities!

Hidden Creek Farms

581 South Galena Rd.
Sunbury, OH 43074

Hours: Sept 17-Oct 30, 10am-6pm Saturdays and Sundays
Admission is $7, kids 2 and under free

Activities: Pumpkin picking, hayrides, pumpkin slide, corn pit, play barn with slide, farm animals, straw maze, pony rides, and a tomato gun

 

Jacquemin Farms 

7437 Hyland Croy Rd.
Plain City, OH 43064

Hours: Month of October, Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm
Admission is $6 per child (per day), kids 2 and under free

Activities: Straw maze, grain boxes, and giant air toys (Bugsy the caterpillar, a Balloon Typhoon, and a Haunted House maze) and more

 

Leeds Farm

8738 Marysville Rd
Ostrander OH 43061

Hours: Sept 23 through Oct 29, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Kids 3-18 $12, Adults 19-54 $10, Kids 2 and under Free, Adults 55+ Complimentary

Activities: Combine slide, hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin jump, zip lines, straw barn forts and slides, pedal cars, mountain slides, tube time, banana bus, and corn boxes

Lehner’s Pumpkin Farm

2920 State Route 203
Radnor, OH 43066

Hours: Sept 23-Oct 29, 10am-7pm Saturday and Sunday, also open Friday Oct 13, 10am-7pm
Admission is $9 for guests ages 3-17, $6 for guests 18-59, and free for children under 3 as well as visitors over 59

Activities: Corn maze, play barn, legos, barnyard golf, tire pyramid, animal track maze, barrel rides, bounce house, bunnies, Indian camp, homestead stations, arrowhead hunting, farm animals, gear wall, composting, gift stop, giant sling, hayrides, bug table, jump pad and more

 

Lynd’s Fruit Farm 

9393 Morse Rd SW,
Pataskala, OH 43062

Hours: September and October weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun 9am – 6pm) , weather permitting

Activities: Giant corn maze, market with homegrown apples, sweetcorn, amish grown vegetables, squash, pumpkins,  U-pick apples and pumpkins, campfires, cowboy church, and more.

Circle S Farms 

9015 London Groveport Rd
Grove City, OH 43123

Hours: Opens Sept 28, Monday-Sunday 9am-7pm
Admission is $10 per person and $4 per pumpkin. Group rates available if you call ahead

Activities: Straw cave, fun barn with slides, sun flower maze, petting animals

 

*Please check out the individual websites for more details or call each location directly with any questions on hours, pricing, activities, etc.

Photo Tips:

Plan ahead for your trip to ensure you get the perfect photo op in the pumpkin patch with your family.

  • If you plan to take your DSLR, remember to charge your batteries the night before and grab your favorite lenses for outdoor shooting (mine is the standard 50mm but a zoom lens would be another great option, especially if your little ones run far).
  • Diffuse lighting makes for spectacular photos so opt to go in the early morning, evening, or an overcast day to avoid direct sun which can wash out photos.
  • Avoid backlit photos- make sure that the light is shining on your subject (and is coming from behind the photographer) rather than being behind your subject.
  • Take props like a crate for a young child to sit on if needed.
  • If you plan on using your pumpkin patch photos in a family calendar, card, or any printed photos, opt to coordinate the outfits of everyone in the photos. No need to go out and buy all new– work with what you have and pick colors that will go with an orange and brown (pumpkin field) backdrop like olive green, oatmeal, or a fun neutral flannel that gives your photo all the fall feels.
  • And remember to relax, catch a great candid or two and enjoy the day!

 

When I picture summer in the Midwest, I picture busy farmers markets, warm sun, and cool evenings spent lakeside with friends and family. I see fields of corn and colorful wildflowers on the open highways on the outskirts of the city. We spend a few weekends each summer at the lake and on the nice days I always make my husband pull off the highway on the way in or out of town to collect bunches of wildflowers. While I love my farmers’ market blooms, nothing beats picking up a bunch of colorful flowers for free.

Here we will share some of the more commonly found flowers local to Columbus and frequently found in “weeded” areas or overgrown back alleys. We will also show you how to arrange them.

Purple Loosestrife- this flower grows close to water and has a thicker stem with a tall thin profile. Add one to your arrangement as a focal piece

Clover- most people are used to small white clovers that grow in untreated lawns but larger purple clovers are all over overgrown areas. The light purple flower and thin whimsical stem makes a nice, soft addition to an arrangement

Ironweed- the deep purple and seedy look of this flower adds texture and visual variety to your arrangement. Find this flower growing in areas close to water like near lakes and reservoirs.

Cone Flower- you’re probably used to seeing cone flower in it’s typical pink petal but did you know that this flower has white and red/orange varieties? I typically find these overgrowing in back alleys or yards.

 

Cosmos- cosmos come in a variety of colors and also add a touch of whimsy to your arrangement. Be careful with these delicate flowers when working with them as they tend to break easily!

Queen Anne’s Lace- one of the most common “weeds”, these can sometimes set off allergies but if you can tolerate them, they make a great addition to a bouquet or arrangement, especially as a filler flower.

Daisy Weed- these dainty little flowers are all over weeded areas. The white flowers looks great solo for a simple cluster of blooms or in an arrangement as a smaller filler flower.

Black Eyed Susan- these guys tend to take over the areas where they are planted. They can be smaller or larger in petal size and the yellow adds a great pop of color to an arrangement or bouquet.

Zinnias- these guys are the stunners in wild flower arrangements. While they are actually annuals and don’t come back each year like most wild flowers, I just personally can’t picture a summer arrangement without these. You can typically find them in yards and are great cutting flowers (but ask before you cut one from your neighbor!)

To put together a pro-looking arrangement yourself, follow these easy steps:

  • Step 1- Find the perfect vessel for you arrangement and insert a flower frog or piece of floral foam
  • Step 2- Insert greenery in a variety of heights (here we used random weeds that we found growing in our back alley, I was attracted to the intricate leaf pattern)
  • Step 3- Add your taller and thicker flowers into the center and on the edges of the arrangement
  • Step 4- Insert smaller filler flowers in varying heights

Add water to your finished arrangement and display out of direct sunlight.

Tips;

  • Keep clippers and a water bottle in your car so you’re always prepared and ready to cut flowers when you see them
  • Kirstin of Bear Roots Floral recommends pulling off leaves that will fall below the water line in your arrangement
  • Forage greenery from unexpected places like trees, bushes, or overgrown, weeded areas, the possibilities are endless!
  • Always pick or buy (if you’re not in the hunter gatherer mood), more flowers than you expect to use when putting together an arrangement in case a few break (Bonus tip- save the tops of broken or extra flowers and use them as cake or dessert toppers!)
  • To keep flowers fresh, cut the stems and change the water daily

 

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My name is Chelsea and I am the blogger behind Farm Fresh Therapy– a blog where I create and share adventures in home décor and do it yourself projects. I live in a 1918 bungalow (which we are constantly renovating) in Clintonville with my husband Kiel and two sons Evan and Oliver. Kiel works as an industrial designer and is the #instagramhusband behind the blog. I work part time as an oncology nurse when I’m not blogging or chasing toddlers. Columbus is our home and this is our story.

Both my husband and I were born and raised in the suburbs of Columbus. I am fairly certain that we both swore at some point in our lives that we would end up in a new place– experience something new, move to a big city, so on and so forth. We both attended Dublin Coffman and were a year apart in high school. We knew each other casually and would see each other daily in second period art portfolio and Saturday mornings at art classes at Columbus College of Art and Design for my husband’s senior year. Kiel graduated and attended school at CCAD. I finished my last year of high school and was accepted to The Ohio State University for Journalism. We went our separate ways but didn’t make it far from Columbus.

Fast forward four years to spring of my junior year at OSU and Kiel’s senior year at CCAD. We reconnected via social media and after a few back and forth conversations started dating. I moved to North Carolina for an internship at Duke Medical Center between my junior and senior year at OSU. Kiel came with me and started working at a furniture design company in Greensboro. We had an apartment in Durham and had planned to buy a home once I finished school, as I was offered a nursing position at Duke upon completion of my degree. After a long summer in North Carolina, I moved home to Columbus to finish senior year and Kiel and I both realized that we couldn’t stay away. He had a job opportunity with a great design firm (where he still works!) and we had desperately missed our friends, family, and the creative community we had left behind in Columbus.

A few months before I graduated OSU I was offered and accepted a position as a critical care nurse at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They asked me in my interview about what why I was choosing Columbus and more specifically OSU. During my summer away, The OSU Medical Center had been named to the US News and World Report Honor Roll– a very high distinction for the medical center. So had Duke (which is where I was working at the time) but this was nothing new to them. I had been so proud of my workplace and colleagues and proud to be a part of attaining such a great goal. I saw something growing and I wanted to be a part of it. I feel the same about Columbus in general. Whether its medicine, the arts, or anything in between, it has been so exciting to watch and participate in the growth and opportunity here in this city. And that’s why I am thrilled to be a contributor for 1812.

Seven years later, Kiel and I have settled into our first home in Clintonville, have had two amazing sons, and have found our community. The creative community in Columbus has been amazing to be a part of– from the point of view of both maker and consumer. I have watched local artists pour their blood, sweat, and tears into turning their side hustles into full time jobs with strong local support. I’ve seen communities of people with shared interest come together to support and encourage business and personal growth. I am so inspired everyday by the creativity and talent in this city and I feel that with the power of social media, the support local trend is only just beginning!

My creative passion lies in problem solving and empowering readers to build and discover new ideas and aesthetics for the home. Renovating and decorating our first and current home (a 1918 Craftsman Style bungalow in South Clintonville) has been a much needed creative outlet for me. Whether it’s building a new shelf to solve a storage problem or finding a new unique print from a local maker, when my home looks and functions better, I feel better, and I’m guessing you will too. So let’s explore what Columbus has to offer together!