Jacquemin Farms

Outdoor Play Plain City

Take children to pick their own strawberries A hankering for fresh strawberries recently led our family of four to Jacquemin Farms, 20 minutes from Columbus in Plain City, Ohio. My husband, Mike, wanted some sun-ripened berries to flavor a batch of homemade ice cream. We also thought collecting the strawberries together would make a fun family outing. A quick search…


Stratford Ecological Center

Delaware Outdoor Play

Learn about farm life at nature preserve It was a warm spring day, and I wanted to spend it outdoors exploring a new place with my 2-year-old son, Max. I discovered the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio, while flipping through a county visitor’s guide. I had never before heard of this educational farm and nature preserve, located a half…


Lynd Fruit Farm

Outdoor Play Pataskala

Pick your own apples among 500 acres of orchards You forget just how good an apple is supposed to taste until you take a bite out of one picked fresh off the tree. I recently sank my teeth into a crisp Gala apple while picking a bag for my family at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, east of Columbus. The…