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Mitchell's Berries & Blooms

Summer Fun

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Let's Have fun, Lots of it

By Regina Fox

This summer, take time to appreciate the little things like a ripe strawberry hanging on the vine, or a gently flowing stream beneath a centuries-old covered bridge. Slow down to appreciate the floral notes of a glass of Ohio wine as your kids dance to live music. All these things and more come together in Union County, Ohio.

Experience Farm fresh

Taste the freshest produce straight from the fields of Union County. Stop at U-pick farms where you’ll get a first-hand look at how crops are grown. Fill a basket with fresh fruits that will leave your stomach full of nature’s finest treats and your hearts full of gratitude for local growers. Pick your pleasure—blackberries at The Berry Farm; blueberries at Blue Sky Farm; and everything from daffodils to strawberries and raspberries to edamame at Mitchell’s Berries & Blooms

More than just the sky is blue at Blue Sky Farms. Here, plump and juicy blueberries explode from bushes just begging to be plucked and popped into your mouth! At The Berry Farm, blackberries grow larger and sweeter from the thornless vine. Mitchell’s Berries boasts six acres of U-pick strawberries and several varieties of raspberries. Owner Shelly Detwiler, also a dietician, is dedicated to promoting the health benefits of berries — as well as sharing the ultimate sweet lesson for children about where food comes from: bushes and vines. Leave with a basket of berries along with fresh flowers like brilliantly colored cosmos.

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Bokes Creek Orchard

Don’t have time to pick yourself? Buy straight from the growers at several farmers markets. The Union County Farmers Market in Marysville and Richwood is celebrating 35 years of all things grown, raised and baked locally. From berries to beef and bagels to beans, their smorgasbord of fresh offerings is sure to delight. The connection between local producers and consumers continues over at the Plain City Farmers Market and the Richwood Farmers Market. Not only will you be able to score farm market mainstays like locally grown fruits and vegetables, but sellers like Purple Plains Farm contribute such unique finds as fragrant lavender, mushrooms and hickory syrup. If you just can’t wait for the next market to get your fresh fruits, you can even visit Bokes Creek Orchard to pick up your favorites straight from the source. There, the bees offer sweet honey and the trees produce bright orange and red orbs of peaches and apples. You’ll also find pears, plums and nectarines available in season. The Flour Barn grows blackberries and peaches on their farm to mix in their homemade baked goods, along with strawberries from Mitchell’s Berries. Stop at the market at their barn every Saturday morning for sweet rolls and cakes.

This summer, take time to appreciate the little things like a ripe strawberry hanging on the vine, or a gently flowing stream beneath a centuries-old covered bridge. Slow down to appreciate the floral notes of a glass of Ohio wine as your kids dance to live music. All these things and more come together in Union County, Ohio.

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Eat, Drink and be Merry

To glean a true appreciation for the plant to palette process, it’s important to experience it from start to finish. In other words, it’s time to eat! You don’t have to look far to find local eateries serving mouthwatering fare. 

Enjoy the aroma from the smokehouse at The Grainery, a family-owned spot offering comfort favorites like brisket and ribs, along with live entertainment every weekend. Sip craft beer brewed using traditional ingredients and techniques with a modern American twist as you enjoy the flavors of Bavaria at 1487 Brewery, a destination inspired by the beer gardens of Germany. Listen to live music on the outdoor patio at Benny’s Pizza, a former Frostop Root Beer stand where food was delivered to cars via roller skates. Popcorn is served as a favorite table snack while you wait for your pizza. 

Drink your dessert at one of Union County’s local wineries. Sip on a glass of Bokes Creek Winery’s award-winning dry, semi-sweet, sweet and even brandy fortified wines. All are pressed on the premise. For a wider variety of adult libations, check out Dalton Union Winery & Brewery where wine, beer, mead and cider are served with a healthy dose of family-friendly activities. Rhetoric Brewing is another destination for entertainment like live music and food trucks best enjoyed with a cold pint of small-batch brews. The area’s craft brewery scene just expanded with Walking Distance Brewery opening in Marysville. Cheers the end of the day with champagne and fine wines from Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars.

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The Grainery

Step off the beaten path

Just driving through Union County is a lovely experience. Take a stroll through one of seven picturesque covered bridges in the county, five of which are more than 100 years old. The best way to experience all seven of these architectural wonders is to download the official driving tour map of Union County’s covered bridges.

Pro tip: the Pottersburg Bridge makes for the perfect backdrop for your next holiday card photo!

See more gorgeous scenery along the Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway. On this 40-mile route, you’ll be able to enjoy a multitude of idyllic landscapes including historic homesteads, farmland, nature preserves, and more. Immerse yourself deeper in the scenery by visiting one of the nearby parks. North Lewisburg Multi-Purpose Trail is perfect for walking, bicycling, and bird watching. Definitely a local favorite, Glacier Ridge Metro Park is a 1,037-acre playground featuring nearly 12 miles of trails and a 25-foot observation tower overlooking the Honda Wetlands Area. Milford Center Prairie State Nature Preserve is excellent for summer prairie wildflower viewing. For those looking for a swimmingly fun summer, Marysville Upground Reservoir is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. Richwood Lake Park is another good option for water sports. Enjoy a golf getaway where the air is clear, and the fairways roll gently over scenic farm and woodlands. With six challenging and rewarding courses, you’ll discover the perfect place to play and stay.

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Union County Covered Bridges
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