New Pick-Your-Own Fields Are Open for the Season
No need to wait until the autumn leaves and crisp fall days to head to Lakeland Orchard & Cidery. This farm in Scott Township is known for their flower festivals and apple picking, and this year, they’ve added u-pick produce to their lineup of family activities.
From August through October, you can head out to the fields to get fruits and veggies straight from the source. Because seriously, the supermarket has nothing on tomatoes right off the vine, sweet corn fresh from the field, newly-dug potatoes and so much more.
It’s Prime Picking for Summer Produce
The summer harvest is in full swing.
The initial plan was to start a small dig-your-own potato patch—just a little activity for kids to do on field trips. But when COVID began, the crew at Lakeland realized that produce picking could be a fun, socially distant activity for kids and adults alike. They planted over a dozen different crops, and the idea only grew from there. They currently have two produce fields, a potato field and a corn field that are open for picking.
Summer staples like sweet corn and green beans have been some of the top picks of the season so far. The peppers have also been popular this year, with everything from sweet bell peppers to flaming hot varieties (pick the “Trinidad Scorpion” if you dare). Later in September, they hope to have watermelon and cantaloupe.
Starting on August 15, Lakeland will open a new food stand where you can turn your freshly-dug potatoes into French fries. Bring them in from the field, wash them up and the staff will cut and fry them right in front of you.
The selection changes each week based on whatever’s ripe for the picking. Visit Lakeland’s social media channels or sign up for their newsletter for availability.
Know Before You Go
Brush up on Lakeland’s new safety procedures and admissions process.
If you visit on Saturday or Sunday, a quarter-peck bag is included in your admission. You can pick anything as long as it fits in the bag, and you can always upgrade to a larger size. Your pass will also give you access to Lakeland’s other attractions, like their picture-perfect flower fields and their newly expanded Cider Garden. If you’d rather skip the attractions, you can visit on Thursday or Friday for produce picking only.
Lakeland has also ramped up their safety and sanitation measures. One of the biggest changes: they’ve gone completely cashless for the 2020 season. Guests can use credit, debit, Apple Pay or a Lakeland gift card (which can be loaded with cash at admissions). All tickets must be purchased online this year, which will help avoid crowding and allow everyone to keep a safe social distance.
Read up on their COVID-19 policy to see a full list of changes and to plan for your visit.