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!
Spring (you-pick berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
Tenth Street Orchard
Pick-your-own strawberries and blackberries in Sterling, KS. Strawberries May 19 into June. Blackberries in July.
Sterling is just about 30 minutes northwest of Hutchinson.
510 West Washington Ave.
https://www.facebook.com/tenthstreetorchard/, fresh update
You-pick blackberries by appointment or pre-picked berries, usually mid- to late-June.
3501 E 101st N
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-680-2637, fresh update
Sargeant’s Berry Farm
You-pick strawberries, usually May to June and you-pick blackberries, usually later in June and July. Sell other fruits and vegetables at its store.
9836 S. Hydraulic
316-788-1370, fresh update
Sweet Berries & Brambles
You-pick strawberries and blackberries. Strawberries usually mid-May to June and blackberries usually mid-June to July
309 NE 120 Rd.
Chautauqua Hills Farm
You-pick blueberries and blackberries by appointment only in June, July and sometimes August. They also bring their berries in to Wichita to the farmers markets. Registration for berry-picking opens May 1! https://www.facebook.com/chfarm
At Road 23 and Saddle Road, north of Sedan, about 1.5 or 2 hours southeast of Wichita, email@example.com
620-249-3369, fresh update
Summer/Fall (you-pick peaches, apples, pumpkins, etc.)
You-pick peaches, apples and a variety of vegetables is usually June to October (phone or see website for details), or purchase at the farm store on site. Or local farmer’s markets.Farm sells farm-made Hard Apple Cider.
11249 SW 160th St.
five miles east of Rose Hill, Kansas 67133, at Southwest 160th Street and Santa Fe Lake Road
Rose Hill, Kansas
316-518-8907, fresh update
Apple and peach orchard. Recommended by several readers. Orchard is only open when fruit is ready, so phone first. You-pick peaches usually mid-July into August. You-pick and already-picked apples, usually from later August to mid October. Bring cash or check. Internet service not reliable for card reader.
1345 W. 90th Ave N.
Conway Springs, KS
Beal Orchard & Country Store
Produce in the store, as well as you-pick peaches and apples, usually July and August
131 NE 100 Rd
Note: Becks Farm was not open for summer 2017; still waiting to hear what summer of 2018 holds for them. You-pick peaches usually June, July and August, along with a fresh produce market.
7620 S Anderson Rd
Newton, KS 67114
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. Usually later September and October. (Also a corn maze and “Haunt in the Hills.”)
7727 NE 36th Street
Newton, KS 67114
316-371-6181 or 620-245-8450, fresh update