5 Fall Finds in Grove City, Ohio
This Columbus suburb offers plenty of fun, from experiencing a family-friendly day at the farm to shopping for home decor to enjoying creative cocktails.
Circle S Farms
Ethel Sullivan keeps Grove City’s 65-acre Circle S Farms running. She does it with the help of her grandson, Caleb Sullivan, who is studying agribusiness at The Ohio State University and has watched the family’s property become a regional autumn destination over the years.
“It has been really cool seeing my grandparents grow this farm from just cattle to the big agri-entertainment farm that it is today,” he says.
Each year, Circle S Farms hosts its Fall Fun Days, which begin the last week of September and run through October. The visitor experience begins with a hayride to the barn, which holds more than 5,000 bales of hay for kids to climb on. There’s also the Pumpkin Cafe, which serves pumpkin doughnuts made from a Sullivan family recipe, as well as corn and sunflower mazes. The produce stand out front will be stocked, but visitors are welcome to go for a tractor ride to pick their own pumpkin from the field.
“People come to the farm to learn what agriculture is all about and see what farmers do,” Ethel explains. “[We] give them the chance to go out into the field and pick something of their own.” 9015 London Groveport Rd., Grove City 43123, 614/878-7980, circlesfarm.com
Grove City Brewing Co.
This downtown brewery began in 2012 as a home-operated winery before expanding into craft beer four years later and then adding the full kitchen it has today. The food menu here spans appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and entrees.
“We are the first and only brewery in Grove City,” says partner Jodi Burroughs.
The space has a vintage industrial feel that serves as a great backdrop for its lineup of 30 Ohio-brewed beers on tap, including several of its own, such as Grove City Beulah Blonde and Grove City Beulah Blood Orange. Autumn will bring fall flavors back to the brewery’s food menu.
“Our berry salad is going to be changing into more of a fall salad,” Burroughs says. “Most likely with pears and gorgonzola or beets with goat cheese.”
The brewery also plans to bring back its customer-favorite Cajun pasta with chicken or shrimp. 3946 Broadway, Grove City 43123, 614/991-0338, grovecitybrewery.com
Zach and Cassy Adams combined their two first names to launch Zassy’s Treasures in 2011. The husband-and-wife team would find furniture and other decor items, bring them home and make them over into something new.
“We would paint it or redesign it,” explains Cassy Adams. “Then, I set up an online store.”
Now, instead of offering their Zassy’s Treasures shop online, the couple hosts Zassy’s Fall Vendor Market (happening Oct. 7 through 9 this year in London, about 30 minutes west of Grove City). The couple also operates Zassy’s Taproom in Grove City. The menu features tacos and pub-style fare, and Cassy creates three to five new handcrafted cocktails a season, so there’s always something different to try. Fall favorites include the Apple Butter Old Fashioned, Pumpkin Spice White Russian and Caramel Apple Martini.
“It has a home decor vibe. The lighting is just right. It’s a warm and cozy feel,” Cassy says of the space. “We keep it family friendly during the day, but at night it changes to more of a club or bar social experience.” Visit zassystreasures.com for more information about Zassy’s Fall Vendor Market. Zassy’s Taproom: 3940 Broadway, Grove City 43123, zassystaproom.com
While you’re in town, check out these spots for furniture, clothing and decor.
Country Hearth Primitives: Jolene Engelman and her husband opened Country Hearth Primitives in 2007. The antiques store is stocked with beautiful furniture and other home decor finds. The shop participates in Grove City’s Art in the Alley Music and Arts Festival held Sept. 18 and 19 this year and is hosting a holiday-themed open house on Nov. 6. Honey House, a separate business located within the shop, offers a variety of honey and honey-based products for sale. 3937 Broadway Suite B, Grove City 43123, 614/875-5201
The Farm Table on 62: Christie Laffin’s love of painting and repurposing furniture prompted her to open The Farm Table on 62 in 2016. Today, the store also sells goods made by local artisans as well as clothing, candles, jewelry and home decor. The shop’s furniture-painting classes welcome students of all skill levels and seasonal craft-making classes change throughout the year. The Farm Table on 62 will have vendors during its parking lot during Grove City’s Art in the Alley Music and Arts Festival, and the store hosts its Christmas open house Nov. 6. 3952 Broadway, Grove City 43123, 614/317-7233