Harvest Hosts & Fox Hollow Farms

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

I think it’s safe to say that I’m a Harvest Hosts Superfan. From Gettysburg, PA to the Finger Lakes in NY, some of my favorite RV travel experiences have included stops at Harvest Hosts destinations.

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.

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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!

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7 Comments

  • Reply explorvistas August 2, 2015 at 5:41 am

    We love our Harvest Hosts membership, Chris! Ours was won as a door prize at an RV-Dreams rally last fall. Don and Kim are the best!

    Jim

    • Reply Chris Hughes August 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Hi Jim! I am happy to hear you love your Harvest Hosts membership, too! It has really added some quality RV travel moments for us. Have a great day|

  • Reply Marilyn :-) August 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

    What a lovely program and thank you for the ‘giveaway’ opportunity! I’ve also Tweeted it out so even more people can potentially become familiar with the Harvest Host program and your property! Take care! 🙂

    • Reply Chris Hughes August 2, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Thanks for sharing with others and the kind words! Although I wish it was my property I will just have to be satisfied visiting via Harvest Hosts from time to time. :

  • Reply Jack Ashore August 14, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hope to see you on the road. Only on our 7th month of full-timing…DW & I are having a blast!

    • Reply Chris Hughes August 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

      Hi Jack! So happy to hear you are having a blast! What has been your favorite travel spot(s) to date? Congrats on being fulltimers!

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