Picking produce has become a popular social distancing activity this spring and will carry into the fall!
Did you know that picking flowers is a fun activity as well? There are many sunflower fields in Central Ohio to visit in the months of August and September. Many patches allow you to take a stem or two home.
Sunflower fields make for the perfect photo opportunity and a chance to appreciate nature’s beauty at the same time!
Be sure to check Facebook and websites before you go as the fields can bloom and fade quickly! Information is subject to change.
Sunflower Fields in Central Ohio
The Patch on 37: S’miles of Sunflowers – Alexandria, Ohio
Lynds’ Fruit Farm is offering a sunflower patch this year!
Dates: Open daily through August 30
Details: This is Ohio’s largest sunflower patch which includes 8 acres with over one million sunflower heads. There are 26 varieties of pollenless sunflowers of different colors and sizes.
On the weekends there are activities like a wagon ride (handicap accessible), barrel train for the little ones, kid activity tent with family backyard games, music, crafts, food trucks, photo ops in the sunflowers including a bridge, antique tractors, trivia zone, and more. Free parking.
They also have weekday events where the tickets are $10 and that includes a sunflower.
A tip would be to bring sunscreen, your own trimmers, and a vase to put them in!
Cost: $10 during the week and $15 on the weekends.
Website: S’miles of Sunflowers
Hendren Farm Market
Dates: Begins August 7: Monday- Thursday 10-5, Friday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5. Last tickets sold one hour prior to close.
Details: Photographers may reserve evenings, please inquire for days of availability & pricing. Bring your own cutter, jar and bucket of water.
Cost: $5 per person. 3 & under free, which includes one stem, each additional stem is $1.
Website: Hendren Farm Market
Not too far down the road in Johnstown is Route 62 Barbecue which would make a good lunch or dinner stop. (They are closed on Mondays.)
Branstool Orchards- Utica, Ohio
Dates: Opening August 7, 2020! They expect at least 50% bloom on opening day and 100% by Monday, August 10 until August 23.
Cost: Admission is $7 per person ages 3 and up. You can cut two sunflowers with your admission.
Details: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN PRUNERS – They have a limited supply to share.
In a separate area at Barnstool Orchards, there’s a field with a few small sunflowers and cut your own Zinnias that are 50 cents a stem.
Website: Branstool Orchards
Close to Barnstool Orchards is Velvet Ice Cream if you want to swing by for a cool treat. The factory is closed this year for tours but ice cream is still being served during business hours. (closed on Mondays)
Kellogg Farms- Forest, Ohio
Date: First week of August
Details: Sunflowers are in bloom! Come quick. 🙂
Website: Kellogg Farms
Lohstroh Family Farms
Date: August 22 & 23, August 29 & 30, September 5, 6, 7 *these are weather dependent so check Facebook for updates.
Details: Tickets are $5 a person and include one sunflower. Children 3 and under are free. Bring hand pruners (ones that fit in your hand) from home.
Website: Lohstroh Family Farms
22 Acres Farm- Newark, Ohio
Date: daily (except Wednesday and Sunday) until August 31.
Details: There are 5 acres of sunflower fields and 9 different sunflower varieties. Check their Facebook or Instagram page for updates.
Cost: The cost to enter is $10 per person for ages 6+.
Website: 22 Acres Farm
While in Newark, don’t miss another photo opportunity. Drive by the World’s Largest Basket- Longaberger Basket Building.
Jacquemin Farms- Plain City/Dublin
Date: Opened on August 21
Details: The sunflower fields here are gorgeous. Also, check out the market for great corn and slushies!
Cost: $10 admission per family includes 8 sunflowers to take home with you. Additional sunflowers are $1 per flower.
Facebook Page: Jacquemin Farms
Cherry Hawk- Marysville, Ohio
Date: Mid September
Details: Cherry Hawk is a great place to apple pick as well! Sunflowers are expected in mid-September this year.
Cost: They typically allow you to cut one sunflower with the purchase of apples.
Website: Cherry Hawk
Coshocton Sunflower Festival
Be sure to buy tickets in advance! Tickets during the week provide a flower filled walk and begin at $10 and include a sunflower. The full festival begins August 14-16. Wagon rides will be available and live music and food trucks. The last day will be August 23 and is noted as “Dog Day” to stroll through one last time.
Website: Coshocton Sunflower Festival
Easton Town Center
We don’t know many details on this one but have seen Easton and others showing pictures of the sunflower field. It looks like it is in a patch of undeveloped land near the Hilton. Chances are there’s no fee and you shouldn’t pick the flowers but just take photos.
Tecumseh Trust- Yellow Springs, Ohio
This is a spot we visit each year, but this year the farmers have decided to keep everyone safe and not open the field. Be sure to check it out in 2021! It’s a great day trip to Yellow Springs! They encourage you to plant your own sunflowers at home this year!
Website: Tecumseh Trust