Picture this. You drive through winding, hilly country roads and finally turn onto the long driveway of a farm. After parking, you open the door to your RV and pause to take in your surroundings. You see green rolling hills and bright, golden sun kissing the crops and vegetation that surrounds you. You hear the wind as it rustles through trees and the light clucking of chickens, funny little snorts from pigs and the far away baaaaah-ing of a herd of sheep. You smell earth and clean air, with tinges of farm aromas. There is no one else around. It feels peaceful … and alive.
This was my initial impression of lovely Fox Hollow Farms, where we parked our RV overnight using our Harvest Hosts membership. Located in Fredericktown, Ohio (which is 75 miles northeast of Columbus), we stayed at the farm as part of a fun weekend spent touring the Ohio State Reformatory (where The Shawshank Redemption was filmed) and floated backwards down the Mohican River.
We parked Bessie the RV on a curve in their farm road right across from the chickens, pigs and horses. The farm had playful, friendly dogs who greeted us warmly throughout the day. We enjoyed the beef and fresh eggs purchased from our gracious hosts, who kindly offered us our choice of free vegetables that were in season in their garden.
The farm is operated by the Rickard family. It’s a comprehensive and growing business. When they are not tending to their land and taking care of their sheep, cows, pigs, chickens and horses, Fox Hollow Farms sells wool, meat and eggs locally (and can be mailed anywhere in Ohio), as well as fresh produce to local Farmer’s Markets. They also host weekly community educational events at the farm. What a great place!
What Is Harvest Hosts?
Harvest Hosts is a remarkable idea, and an excellent resource for RV travelers. When you pay a $40 annual fee ($44 without auto renewal), you get access to an impressive nationwide directory of farms, wineries and places of interest that allow you to park your RV overnight (sometimes longer with permission) on their property … for free!
There is a set of common sense rules to follow (such as calling before you stop by) and an expectation that you will support your host with a purchase (eggs, wine, fruit, veggies) that can be enjoyed during your travels or given as gifts to others.
Harvest Hosts is a win-win for everyone involved. It provides the hosts with new customers and free publicity. Harvest Hosts helps RVers by providing an enriching, peaceful alternative to sleeping in a parking lot for an overnight stop.
See Past Harvest Hosts Articles:
- Free Winery & Farm Overnight RV Parking
- History Meets Wine: Fantastic RV Parking in Gettysburg, PA
- Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake & Harvest Hosts
- Harvest Hosts Membership Give-Away Winner
As summer winds down and autumn arrives, I wish you happy travels using your Harvest Hosts membership during my favorite time of year for RVing.
We’ll CU On The Road!