Visit to the fruit farm

The fruit farm has a great bakery.

This afternoon we drove out to Patterson’s Fruit Farm to order our Thanksgiving pies and pick up a pie for the potluck dinner at our church tomorrow evening. We put in our order, but Bob couldn’t resist sweetening the pot with some apple dumplings and an apple fritter. He’s loaded down with his booty and headed for the check out counter.

As we walked out the door, I stopped to take a picture of this sign. It made me smile. In the fall, Patterson’s is a very popular destination for fruit lovers, not to mention the temptation of the baked goods. On Sunday afternoon, finding a parking place can be a major challenge. A visit to Patterson’s is a tradition for hundreds of families in the three-county area.

Until seven or eight years ago, the property adjoining the fruit farm and orchard was a popular golf course called Orchard Hills. Out of curiosity, I googled it and discovered that it is still listed as an Ohio golf course. I was even able to read the reviews golfers had written on their website. Apparently it was a challenging course that got high ratings from almost everyone. Here is a sample that I thought was pretty amusing:

This is one of the best public golf courses I have ever played. Rolling hills, ponds, and tons of dog legs this course has it all. It always in great condition and the drink girl is pretty cute. Best of all you can drive through the apple orchard and grab some apples while making the turn.

Nowadays the former golf course is a park with hiking trails and picnic shelters where the fairways and greens used to be. Putting Gulliver, our springer spaniel, on his leash, we set off to take a little hike. Here are some of the sights we saw along the trail:

Bob had actually played the course a few times, and it was interesting to look around as we hiked the rolling hills and try to identify the fairways, rough places, greens, and doglegs. It is amazing to see how quickly nature is reclaiming the once manicured greens and fairways. In just a few short years, they have been transformed. These days nobody would try to do any putting at Orchard Hills, but it is a great place to hike and walk your dog. Just ask Gulliver!

That’s all for today from my corner of Ohio. I hope you will visit again soon.

Carolyn aka Skip

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