Franklin County offers many selections when it comes to agritourism. There are several pick-your-own produce farms with everything from berries to pumpkins to fresh mums in the fall. We also have an orchard and winery open year-round with Kansas wines and seasonal fruits and vegetables for sale in its gift shop. Farmers market what you’re looking for? Look no further than Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. May through October in the Orschelen parking lot on the south end of Ottawa. Need a venue for a wedding? We’ve got that covered, too. Check out all the agritourism listings below.
For an application for a City Quilt Block, contact Franklin County Visitors Center.
A lively community theater, ACT Ottawa! stages four productions annually. Special productions include a USO show during Veterans Week activities and a Valentine’s dinner theater. ACT Ottawa welcomes those who wish to be involved in productions.
Stone Creek Ranch is available to rent for Weddings in their 2800sf barn, open air garden, butterfly garden, as well they host an annual Halloween Haunted Forest Walk and Christmas Tree Farm with Christmas Store. You can also board your horse at Stone Creek Ranch, ride the ranch, drycamp and relax in the meadow with your horse and sit by the fire.
This farm attracts many people by offering seasonal fruits and vegetables year-round. As the newest winery in Kansas, it will attract even more. Pome is bottling a line of almost 20 wines, including favorites Elderberry, Apple and unique flavors like Sand Plum. All very tasty, they are a great complement to 13 varieties of fresh peaches in summer and 15 varieties of apples in the fall. Pome also features nectarines, cherries, plum and pear trees, in addition to blackberries, strawberries, asparagus, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers (all seasonal). Pome expands its offerings each October by providing pumpkin picking in a 2-½ acre patch complete with wagon rides and later that month, its annual HarvestFest.
The farm offers a bountiful assortment of pumpkins in the fall and a tree farm for the holidays. The pumpkin patch can be reached by hay wagon, where you can pick out your own pumpkin. Activities include a hay bale maze, bounce house, big tube slides and more. In the winter, pick out your own tree at Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm. The Memory Lane Light Display began in 1992 and has grown each year with additional lights and displays.
The market is open seasonally from May to October. This is Franklin County’s place for fresh produce and seasonal flowers every year. More than 25 vendors visit the farmers market, held weekly from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in the Orscheln Farm & Home parking lot, 2008 S Princeton St. In addition to farm products, market-goers can buy freshly made pies and baked goods, many by local bakers, elk meat and local honey.
This ranch provides equine assisted activities for those individuals who face physical or cognitive challenges. Also those who experience emotional, learning and behavioral difficulties and at-risk youth.
Come see this small family fruit farm featuring value-added products made on-site in their certified kitchen. The farm includes blackberries, plums, peaches, apricots and various plants and flowers. Stay a while and sample some of their syrups, honey and jellies.
Asparagus: Mid April to late June
Greenhouse annuals, perennials, bushes, and trees: Mid April to July
Blackberries: July to early August
Mums: September to October
The Franklin County Quilt Block Tour was the first organized quilt block tour in Kansas. The tour began in 2010, with support from the Franklin County Quilt Block Committee and the Franklin County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and has grown to more than 35 quilts throughout the county. The purpose of the tour is to showcase the rural areas of the county and highlight the farms, ranches, crops and livestock while educating the public of the importance of agriculture — economically and historically — in the area. The landowners participating in the program realize the importance of telling their stories about agriculture, as well as history, on the farm — where it all happens.