Every year readers ask me where they can find “you-pick” places in the Wichita area. They’re talking about the orchards and farms where families can go pick fresh produce right off the tree or vine. This is so much fun to do, and it’s a great way to enjoy fresh air and sunshine together as a family. The challenge is that this is seasonal, and not all produce shares the same season, of course!
Until recently, I only knew of a few places nearby that offered this. With the help of Facebook, Google, and a few friends, I’ve found some local farms that welcome their customers to pick fruit from their fields. Some of them require an appointment, so be sure you visit their websites or give them a call before you plan your day.
Do you have a favorite “you-pick” place near Wichita that isn’t on my list? Please let us know about it in the comments!
You-pick peaches, along with a fresh produce market.
7620 S Anderson Rd
Newton, KS 67114
Cherries around June, peaches usually in July or August, apples in fall.
8604 S Webb Rd
They grow peaches, apples, and a variety of vegetables. You-pick is available (call or see website for details), or you can purchase at the farmers markets.
11249 SW 160th St
Rose Hill, Kansas
Apple and peach orchard. I couldn’t find a website, but this one was recommended by several readers. They generally have peaches from mid-July to early August, and apples from late August through September. Bring cash or pay by check, because they don’t have good enough internet service out there to use a card reader. This year they’ll be open Thursday through Saturday, and by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
(2016 note: Hail storms in May damaged a lot of their trees, so Mary told me that this year they’ll mostly have sauce apples – great for applesauce or pies, but not as pretty because of the hail.)
1345 W 90th Ave N.
Conway Springs, KS
Beal Orchard & Country Store
Produce in the store, as well as you-pick peaches and apples.
131 NE 100 Rd
Down in the Hollar Pumpkin Patch
Real pumpkin patch, growing several different varieties of pumpkin. Some grow up to 100 lbs. You cut them right off the vine. (Also a corn maze and “Haunt in the Hills.”)
7727 NE 36th Street
Newton, KS 67114
Chautauqua Hills Farm
You-pick blueberries and blackberries by appointment only. They also bring their berries in to Wichita to the farmers markets.
About two hours southeast of Wichita
Organic you-pick blackberries by appointment or pre-picked berries, usually mid- to late-June.
3501 E 101st N
Valley Center, KS 67147
Jester Creek Farm
You-pick strawberries. They have an online signup form to reserve your spot.
Sargeant’s Berry Farm
1870 SW Santa Fe Lake Rd.
Sweet Berries & Brambles
You-pick strawberries and blackberries.
309 NE 120 Rd.