U-pick strawberries. Nothing beats fresh ones!


Jacquemin Farms, located off Hyland-Croy Road on the western side of Dublin, offers u-pick strawberries. Grab a bucket or pint container to take with you to put your berries in.

The berries are fairly small, but very sweet. Picking is slim as it's now the end of season, but you can still get enough berries to make a pie or jam. The market offers gel, pie crust mix and jam-making supplies. I made a superfoods smoothie with half of mine.

It took me about 20 minutes to pick about 2 cups of berries. The cost is $2 per pound and I had a pound.

Be sure to call to check if they're still available before you make the trip. The hotline is 614-873-5725.

In addition to berries, the market has a few produce items for sale including onions, squash, herb plants, tomatoes, peaches, zucchini, red potatoes, green beans and cucumbers. I imagine they'll be selling corn in July.

To get to Jacquemin Farm, take U.S. 33 West and exit on Post Road to the right. Hyland-Croy is the first road to the left and the farm/nursery is immediately on the left.

For more information, visit http://www.jacqueminfarms.com/

COTA/Zoo deal

Now through Sept. 6 COTA is offering the #98 to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from The Statehouse, Griggs Reservoir area and Dublin Park&Ride for $2 each way with half-price zoo admission or $4 off Zoombezi Bay. Children 48" and shorter ride the bus for free. (It now costs $7 to park at the zoo and with the half-price tickets, visitors save up to $7.50 off admission, for a total savings of $14.50 for an adult visitor.)

Text deals

The EarthFare store at Polaris just sent me a text to get an orchid for $10. They send me a text weekly with a great deal or free items with purchase. Be sure to sign up for mobile texts/alerts to your favorite stores and eateries to save money.