Grobe’s Fruit Farm
In its sixth generation of operation, Grobe’s Fruit Farm markets in currencies such as out-of-this-world sweet corn, 21 varieties of apples and unbeatable cider in the fall that the Grobe staff presses, pasteurizes and jugs themselves and then sells retail and wholesale.
“Our sweet corn is incredibly sweet with a great flavor and texture that pops in your mouth,” says Laurie Grobe, who runs the farm with her husband. “We pick it fresh daily. We don’t sell anything day old, and we don’t eat anything else.”
Don’t Miss » The Evercrisp, an up-and-coming new apple variety that's a cross between a Fuji and a Honeycrisp. “It’s crisp. It’s sweet. It keeps, and it’s going to surpass the red and delicious one day,” Grobe says.
» 43875 Telegraph Road, Elyria, 440-322-8312, grobefruitfarm.com
Pickering Hill Farms
Strawberries are the first crop of the season at Pickering Hill Farms.
Built on the only hill in Avon, the farm dates back to the mid-1800s, when farmer-owner Jay Pickering’s great-grandfather was a farmer who drove his produce truck up and down residential streets in Cleveland’s West Side suburbs selling vegetables and fruits to housewives.
“We grow a lot of regular and heirloom tomatoes, herbs and peppers, and we also have locally grown fruit from Burnham Orchards in Berlin Heights,” Pickering says.
Don’t Miss » Pick-your-own pumpkins start in October where the farm hosts hay rides and a corn maze.
» 35669 Detroit Road, Avon, 440-937-5155, pickeringhillfarms.com
Fitch’s Farm Market
Family-owned and operated by Richard and Rita Fitch, Fitch’s Farm Market thrives on its proximity to a golf course and residential properties.
Founded in 1983, three generations work on the farm raising fruits and vegetables. Gardeners will have a field day here having their pick of annual flowers, vegetable plants, potted herbs, patio tomatoes and the like.
Don’t miss » Fitch’s offers a wide variety of pick-your-own opportunities with strawberries kicking off the season in June; green, yellow and half-runner beans are available at different times between June and September; sweet and hot peppers are in season from August to October; and round and plum tomatoes are available August to October.
» 4413 Center Road, Avon, 440-934-6125, fitchsfarmmarket.com
The Miller Orchards’ family tradition is carried on today by David and Roger Miller and their families. It sells fresh, homegrown fruit, as well as seasonal items such as local raw honey, local maple syrup, squash and potatoes. The orchard also grows and sells more than a dozen varieties of apples, peaches and plums.
Don’t miss » The cherries! And thanks to the orchard's easy email notification service, you don’t have to. Register on the website and you'll receive a message when sweet and sour cherries are ready to pick and purchase.
» 8690 Vermilion Road, Amherst, 440-988-8405, millerorchardsltd.com
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