The end of summer may sound sad but it typically also means one thing – sunflowers begin to bloom!
Depending on location, some may be ready in August all the way until October. Weather plays a HUGE factor so their bloom schedule can oftentimes be unpredictable. I would highly recommend verifying ahead of time to see just how in bloom they are before heading out especially if you are planning pictures. Each location is linked to websites where you can do just that. Important to also know that once sunflowers bloom, you only have a window a 2-3 weeks to view them at their peak.
This list will be organized by free fields you can go to at your leisure followed by farms that charge admission or a fee to cut your own. I also included fields an hour or more away from Cleveland if you like to travel!
MARIA’S FIELD OF HOPE – tap for more info – Avon & Sandusky
These well known sunflower fields of hope are inspired by the memory & spirit of Maria McNamara & planted as a way to love & honor the courageous children battling cancer & those lost too soon. When they are in bloom, the field is free to visit although donations are welcomed. The field in Sandusky typically blooms first (usually mid-August) while the Avon one is usually September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, they didn’t bloom until October.
ALLEN FARMS – tap for more info – Avon
Tucked in Avon, this sunflower field by Allen Farms is new for this year. They also have a farm stand to check out with fresh produce. Visiting & taking photos in the field are welcomed.
HILLCREST ORCHARDS – tap for more info – Amherst
Offered for two weekends this year in September, you can view their field at their Sunflower Festival. Admission is included with their standard admission to the orchards which is $12 per person or $10 if you buy your tickets online. You can also cut your own. Price is based on the size of a vase ($15 for a medium, $20 for a large.)
GROBE FRUIT FARM – tap for more info – Elyria & Lagrange
Offered only on Saturdays & Sundays, Grobe Fruit Farm has two locations for sunflowers. They also offer pick your own options.
RED WAGON FARM – tap for more info – Columbia Station
Included with admission, Red Wagon Farm has a newer sunflower field available for photo ops. We visited last year & the sunflowers here were some of the most unique variations I’ve seen at a field. It is a part of their Pumpkin Festival that typically begins mid-September & runs through October.
GREENFIELD BERRY FARM – tap for more info – Peninsula
This farm located inside Cuyahoga Valley National Park has cut your own sunflowers (& blueberries) available from now until September. They provides updates on their Facebook page (linked above.) It is $1 per stem with a $10 minimum. Please note: you need to bring your own bucket + clippers & cash/check only.
ROGISH FARM – tap for more info – Chesterland
I’ll start this one by mentioning reservations are required here for pick your own sunflowers & are available now. Admission is $15 per carload & includes an empty mason jar to fill with sunflowers. There is also a time limit of 30 minutes you can stay for frolicking in the field & taking photos. It’s also recommended to bring your own clippers here.
MEDINA SUNFLOWER FARM – tap for more info – Wadsworth
This sunflower field charges $5 per person (cash only) & if you’d like to cut your own sunflowers, it’s an additional $5 for 4 stems. Another location where it is recommended to bring your own clippers. The sunflowers are currently bloomed. Their Facebook page (linked above) often shares some specials they run so be sure to check ahead before going.
DERTHICK’S CORN MAZE – tap for more info – Mantua
Besides fall activities, this farm has a sunflower field available to visit & is in bloom now! $5 per car. If you’d like to cut your own, one bloom is $1.50, 8 blooms is $10 or you could get jars from $20-$25. Visit their FB page (linked above) for updated info.
IANIRO FARM – tap for more info – Chagrin Falls
Sunflowers are ready to be picked here! They are $2 per stem. This farm is open on weekends & also hold a Sunflower Festival in mid-August. Visit their site (linked above) for updated info.
SUNFLOWER FIELDS AN HOUR OR MORE FROM CLEVELAND
I also wanted to add a few fields that are an hour or more away from Cleveland just in case you’re interested in taking a road trip with the fam.
KUCHTA FARMS – tap for more info – Newtown Falls
Right about an hour from Cleveland depending on where you are, this locations offers a bunch of fall related activities that require admission ($10 per person for an all access pass.) Their sunflower field is accessible while inside the farm; however, there is a separate admission fee for that. Their site (linked above) does not have any info just yet as far as how much it is. You may cut one flower to bring home. Blooms typically in September.
RAMSEYER FARMS – tap for more info – Wooster
With over 50 family friendly activities to do here, Ramseyer Farms also has a sunflower field with access on select weekends (typically September.) Admission is included in their general admission. $19.95 per person on the weekends, $13.95 per person on weekdays. They allow visitors to stroll around their field & cut one flower to take home. Additional cut your own can be purchased for $13 (mason jar) or $25 (large galvanized vase.)
MAIZE VALLEY WINERY – tap for more info – Hartville
Admission here is $5 per person (2 & under free.) You may but your own “bloom” for $5 each or take home a bucket for $30. Sunflowers are available now until early September.
MILL CREEK METROPARKS FARM – tap for more info – Canfield
Open seasonally, this 402-acre working farm promotes agriculture through educational programming, tours, & display areas including a sunflower field. This field does not offer cut your own flowers, it is just a location to walk around/take pics/admire the view. The sunflowers typically bloom at the end of August into September.
ANGIULI’S FARM MARKET – tap for more info – Canfield
A short drive from Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, might as well pair the two for a visit if you’re making the drive. This farm market allows cut your own flowers for $2 per stem. The sunflowers typically bloom in August.
WHITE HOUSE FRUIT FARM – tap for more info – Canfield
Another Canfield location – admission to this farm is free. They offer cut your own sunflowers usually starting at the end of August. Bring your own cutters or rent some from the farm. It is $1 per stem. They also offer fall related activities once September comes.
MOLNAR FARMS – tap for more info – Poland
This farm is also free to visit. If you’d like to cut your own sunflowers, they are $2 per stem. The sunflowers here typically bloom in August.
ARROWHEAD ORCHARD – tap for more info – Paris
Admission is required here to visit their sunflower field. Costs are $5-$10 depending on which day you go. You can also cut your own for $2 per stem or $18 for a half gallon jar. The sunflowers here typically bloom around Labor Day weekend into October.
If you know of any others around Cleveland, comment below!