Check out listings from local farms and some recipe ideas.

Are your family members fans of local food? Why not kick it up a notch by picking your own fruits and vegetables this summer? Central Ohio is home to many pick-your-own operations featuring everything from berries and peaches to apples and pumpkins. Fruit or vegetable picking makes a fun family outing and can lead to healthy snacks and meals.

For a listing of area farms, check out or The Columbus Dispatch, which posts updated listings the first Wednesday each month through September. Find the July list at

When you’ve returned home with your bounty, look for inspiration in a collection of award-winning recipes from participants in the Ohio State Fair: Ribbons have been awarded for everything from apple pie to zucchini bread.

If you’ve picked so much that you’re considering canning the leftovers, it’s important to take safety precautions to avoid food poisoning. The Ohio State University Extension Office provides pointers online at