JK Orchard and Farm

JK Orchard and Farm

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A sunflower room.....made me think of you guys.
We came to check out the sunflowers, then came back this past Saturday for the pumpkin patch. The apple cider frozen drink was absolutely amazing! Loved it!
What a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 🌻☀️💛 We look forward to it next year already! Thanks again! 🙃
So grateful for the opportunity to have pictures taken at this beautiful farm between storms yesterday! ❤❤
Do you have PYO black raspberries?
We are so excited to begin picking.....can hardly wait!!
Faith & I enjoyed the maze!
Lyss Nicolee 😍😍
Is there a charge for the festival this weekend?
Another versital use of Jk Orchards stawberries.......Strawberry Margaritas!
Do you still have strawberries?
Ok, it took me a couple of trial runs...but I think I have it figured out! The last of the strawberry crop from my supplier (JK Orchard Farms) was today, so I had 8 quarts of strawberries to be able to can some more Strawberry Vanilla Jam and Strawberry Pie filling. I had to make some adjustments to the Strawberry Pie filling...and now it's awesome!

Canned Strawberry Pie Filling

8 cups strawberries, washed and stems removed
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Clear Jel
2 cups strawberry juice (see the directions below)
2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Prep all your water bath canning (mason jars, lids, rings). Boil a large pot of water. Add the strawberries and 'blanch' the strawberries for 1 minute. Use a large slotted spoon and remove the strawberries to a bowl with a colander underneath the bowl. Cover this bowl to keep the strawberries warm.
In a stock pot, combine the sugar and Clear Jel with a whisk. Get 2 cups of 'strawberry juice' from the bowl that the strawberries are draining from plus enough of the water used to boil the strawberries to make 2 cups. Whisk this into the sugar/Jel mixture. Bring this to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice. Return to the heat and boil until smooth and thickened. Remove from the heat and fold in the strawberries. Be sure to leave a minimum of 1 1/2 inch head space! This will expand! Process in a water bath canning for 25 minutes.
Enjoy strawberry pie filling over cheesecake, inside cakes, or as a pie all winter long!

Pick Your Own Fruit and Flower Farm. All organically grown with Love. Plus loads of Farm Fun throughout the year...
*Date Nights
*Sunflower Maze
*Pumpkin Patch
*Flower Fields & Gardens
*Farm Tours
*Tasting Experiences
*Glow Nights

Growing local agritourism hotspot for farm fun, experiences, events and education. PYO strawberries, Pumpkin Patch, Sunflower Fields, Flower Fields, Farm Tours, Date Nights & more.

Operating as usual

12/25/2021

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a day filled with beautiful experiences.

Grown w/ Love,
Joe & Karen

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a day filled with beautiful experiences.

Grown w/ Love,
Joe & Karen

12/24/2021

Posting this so I can remember that we planted Daffodils on Christmas Eve 🎄 and it was 55 degree🌡 outside. 🤦‍♀️ Crazy but also kind of nice way to celebrate the day. I mean we do love flowers so these are presents to ourselves. 🤗

Plus, we finally have all but 53 of them planted. Now to find a spot to stick them. 🤔

Posting this so I can remember that we planted Daffodils on Christmas Eve 🎄 and it was 55 degree🌡 outside. 🤦‍♀️ Crazy but also kind of nice way to celebrate the day. I mean we do love flowers so these are presents to ourselves. 🤗

Plus, we finally have all but 53 of them planted. Now to find a spot to stick them. 🤔

12/19/2021

Do you know the true story of Rudolph... so as it had been told?

A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.

His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.

Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked,

"Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?"

Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob.

Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.

From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling.

Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there.

The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores.

By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn't end there either.

Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore turned down the song, the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, recorded it.

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.

~Original Author Unknown

Do you know the true story of Rudolph... so as it had been told?

A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.

His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.

Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked,

"Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?"

Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob.

Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.

From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.

Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling.

Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there.

The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print, “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores.

By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn't end there either.

Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore turned down the song, the singing cowboy, Gene Autry, recorded it.

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.

~Original Author Unknown

12/18/2021

"The problem is, we look for someone to grow old together, while the secret is to find someone to stay a child with." ~ Charles Bukowski.

He keeps me young. 💕

"The problem is, we look for someone to grow old together, while the secret is to find someone to stay a child with." ~ Charles Bukowski.

He keeps me young. 💕

12/12/2021

I love this idea so much. 💕 As an adult I treasure the apple trees my great grandfather planted and the recipes passed down from the women in my family.

What are some of the generational gifts that you treasure?

I love this idea so much. 💕 As an adult I treasure the apple trees my great grandfather planted and the recipes passed down from the women in my family.

What are some of the generational gifts that you treasure?

12/10/2021

How do you define wildflowers?

I was reading a post in a flower group the other day that asked what are your favorite wildflowers. The answers were surprising at how many people considered zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers to be wildflowers.

To me wildflowers are just that... wild and can grow and FLOURISH with out human interaction (i.e wild carrot, chicory, etc.) One could argue that any flower can grow without human interaction I suppose but to really flourish some flowers need human intervention.

What is your thoughts on this subject?

How do you define wildflowers?

I was reading a post in a flower group the other day that asked what are your favorite wildflowers. The answers were surprising at how many people considered zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers to be wildflowers.

To me wildflowers are just that... wild and can grow and FLOURISH with out human interaction (i.e wild carrot, chicory, etc.) One could argue that any flower can grow without human interaction I suppose but to really flourish some flowers need human intervention.

What is your thoughts on this subject?

12/08/2021

This is my 1st year growing an amaryllis and I am in love with them.

I love being able to look at this beautiful flower every morning while I journal and write out our plans for 2022. I find it inspires and excites me to dream about all the future possibilities and growth available in the next year.

Do you grow amaryllis flowers?

While we got our bulb on a whim while at TSC a month ago I did see Lowes had some for $5 in a galvanized bucket over the weekend if you want to enjoy the same beauty in your home this winter.

This is my 1st year growing an amaryllis and I am in love with them.

I love being able to look at this beautiful flower every morning while I journal and write out our plans for 2022. I find it inspires and excites me to dream about all the future possibilities and growth available in the next year.

Do you grow amaryllis flowers?

While we got our bulb on a whim while at TSC a month ago I did see Lowes had some for $5 in a galvanized bucket over the weekend if you want to enjoy the same beauty in your home this winter.

12/06/2021

Winter is only 15 days away. What kind of wooly bear caterpillars have you seen in our area?

Winter is only 15 days away. What kind of wooly bear caterpillars have you seen in our area?

11/27/2021

What local businesses are you supporting today on #smallbusinesssaturday ?

What local businesses are you supporting today on #smallbusinesssaturday ?

Photos from JK Orchard and Farm's post 11/26/2021

Putting the everbearing strawberries to bed for the winter. There was some tasty ones still on the plants.

11/26/2021

Have you grabbed your peace and quiet pass for the summer yet?

Once a month you get to set aside all the busyness and worries for a couple hours as you allow yourself (or someone else) time to just be present, letting the peace, joy and calm wash over you as you make your way through the rainbow rows of beautiful flowers to choose from in our cut flower garden.

I can’t think of a more beautiful experience to give yourself … or someone else.

Passes are limited for the season…. https://www.jkorchardfarm.com/CYOSeasonPass

Have you grabbed your peace and quiet pass for the summer yet?

Once a month you get to set aside all the busyness and worries for a couple hours as you allow yourself (or someone else) time to just be present, letting the peace, joy and calm wash over you as you make your way through the rainbow rows of beautiful flowers to choose from in our cut flower garden.

I can’t think of a more beautiful experience to give yourself … or someone else.

Passes are limited for the season…. https://www.jkorchardfarm.com/CYOSeasonPass

11/25/2021

We are so grateful for ALL of you! Your endless support, encouragement and patronage. We couldn't do what we do with out all of you.

We hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving Day making beautiful memories with your family.

As Always, Grown w/ Love,
Joe & Karen

We are so grateful for ALL of you! Your endless support, encouragement and patronage. We couldn't do what we do with out all of you.

We hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving Day making beautiful memories with your family.

As Always, Grown w/ Love,
Joe & Karen

11/23/2021

Give yourself or someone else the gift of peace and quiet this summer with our Cut Flower Garden Season Pass.

WHEN: Once a month you come to the farm to cut your own bouquet of fresh flowers Jun - Sep.

WHAT’S INCLUDED: A beautiful bouquet that you cut your self and a keepsake container to use all season.

PASSHOLDER PERKS
🌷Passholders may bring one guest with them each month to share in the experience.

🌷Passholders may send a friend or family member in their place to harvest.

🌷Passholders may access the flower fields and nature trails during their visits, for no additional charge.

🌷Passholders will be privy to a farm tour and brief bouquet workshop at the first harvest date.

We are only making 20 passes available for the entire season to ensure an intimate experience on the harvest dates.

Season passes go on sale at 9am Black Friday on our website… make sure to set your alarm to grab yours.

Give yourself or someone else the gift of peace and quiet this summer with our Cut Flower Garden Season Pass.

WHEN: Once a month you come to the farm to cut your own bouquet of fresh flowers Jun - Sep.

WHAT’S INCLUDED: A beautiful bouquet that you cut your self and a keepsake container to use all season.

PASSHOLDER PERKS
🌷Passholders may bring one guest with them each month to share in the experience.

🌷Passholders may send a friend or family member in their place to harvest.

🌷Passholders may access the flower fields and nature trails during their visits, for no additional charge.

🌷Passholders will be privy to a farm tour and brief bouquet workshop at the first harvest date.

We are only making 20 passes available for the entire season to ensure an intimate experience on the harvest dates.

Season passes go on sale at 9am Black Friday on our website… make sure to set your alarm to grab yours.

11/22/2021

I used to be so scared of pruning and cutting away what appeared to be healthy vegetation. I was always worried I would take too much and have no crop the next season. Or that I would do it at the wrong time of the year and kill the entire plant… I still have this fear.

Now I love pruning as I know it is necessary to spring new life. I have witnessed this phenomena season after season.

As I worked this weekend to prune all the raspberries carefully cleaning the snips between each plant to not spread any disease, I laughed at how many similarities this process has is in my own life.

To grow I have had to cut away the old to allow for the new in my beliefs, thoughts, and habits. In seasons where I was afraid to cut too much, I ended up having to repeat the pruning process. I have also learned that I needed to thoroughly clean up proverbial snips to ensure I don’t care one dis-ease to another area of my life.

Growth requires hard pruning at times and the faith to know you are making the right cuts but the harvest that comes from these actions is so worth it.

What areas of your life need some pruning?

I used to be so scared of pruning and cutting away what appeared to be healthy vegetation. I was always worried I would take too much and have no crop the next season. Or that I would do it at the wrong time of the year and kill the entire plant… I still have this fear.

Now I love pruning as I know it is necessary to spring new life. I have witnessed this phenomena season after season.

As I worked this weekend to prune all the raspberries carefully cleaning the snips between each plant to not spread any disease, I laughed at how many similarities this process has is in my own life.

To grow I have had to cut away the old to allow for the new in my beliefs, thoughts, and habits. In seasons where I was afraid to cut too much, I ended up having to repeat the pruning process. I have also learned that I needed to thoroughly clean up proverbial snips to ensure I don’t care one dis-ease to another area of my life.

Growth requires hard pruning at times and the faith to know you are making the right cuts but the harvest that comes from these actions is so worth it.

What areas of your life need some pruning?

Our Story

We are Joe and Karen Wince, the owners of JK Orchard & Farm, LLC. Everything done on the farm is done with love by our two hands. Right now, we both still have day jobs. Joe is an electrician by day and a former Marine the rest of the day (a little Marine humor). He served for 8 years and unfortunately is one of the many disabled veterans in our country today. Karen is an author, educator and business consultant. She wears many hats on the farm and handles all the research, planning and technology side of farm.

The 10 acre farm has been in Karen's family since 1952 and farmed by her great grandfather and grandfather. In addition to the field is an apple orchard that her great grandfather planted in 1953 for the church ladies to have apples to sell and make baked goods to raise money for the church. Due to neglect and old age only 1 of the original apple trees remain on the 2 acre orchard. We have been planting new apple, pears, peach and cherry trees over the past several years to restore the orchard to its former glory. Little did we know our passion to restore the land would eventually turn into a full-blown farming operation.

​​​​​​​The idea of JK Orchard & Farm started from a conversation we had one summer night in 2015. We thought how cool it would be to start a Christmas Tree farm and make a whole Christmas experience for people seeing how much we love Christmas. Realizing Christmas Trees take 7 years to mature we thought what could we do with the land now. Our solution...lets grow strawberries and pumpkins!

So, in the Spring of 2016 we started our adventure of planting 10,000 strawberries and 100 pumpkin plants. Boy that was a learning curve! Since then we have expanded the farm adding more strawberries, a sunflower field, raspberries, grapes as well as having an annual pumpkin patch festival. We nixed the Christmas trees in 2019 as we realized we could not bear the thought of cutting down the trees we patiently grew and loved for 7 years, so we repurposed the trees we planted as hedge walls.

We have so many dreams for the farm and more things we want to continue to add like high tunnels and greenhouses for year round produce, a tulip field, cut your own flower patch, workshop, tours, private events, tasting experiences and so much more.

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1345 Lutz Rd
Lima, OH
45801
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