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!
For years I only knew of a few places nearby that offered this. With the help of a few friends, readers, and the internet, 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!
From late summer into fall we often see sunflower fields in bloom. At least a few local area farms have you-pick sunflowers available!
Summer/Fall (you-pick peaches, apples, pumpkins, etc.)
You-pick peaches, apples, pumpkins 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
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. Update 8/23: Summer Gold apples at 59 cents pound when you pick. Call for an appointment.
1345 W. 90th Ave N.
Conway Springs, KS
Well-known for its family-friendly and kid activities in the fall, Walter’s is also a real pick-your-own pumpkin patch. You pay for the pumpkins you choose by size and variety. Also see: Fall Farm Fun: Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes near Wichita
Not far from Wichita, in Buhler, KS, Gaeddert Farms offers u-pick pumpkins and – new this year – sunflowers! The sunflower festival is mid-September when they’re blooming, so it’s very weather dependent. Be sure to check out their website before you head out to make sure you know what’s in season.
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
Produce in the store, as well as
you-pick peaches and apples, usually July and August. No you-pick peaches this year; an April freeze hit some orchards pretty hard!
131 NE 100 Rd
Note: According to their announcement on Facebook, Becks Farm won’t be open for you-pick in the summer of 2018, unfortunately. You-pick peaches usually June, July and August, along with a fresh produce market.
7620 S Anderson Rd
Newton, KS 67114
Spring Berry Picking
Spring is the season for you-pick berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. Here are you-pick farms near Wichita that offer berry-picking.
11249 SW 160th St.
Rose Hill, KS 67133
You-pick strawberries, peaches, apples, and pumpkins depending on the season. Find out what’s ready to pick before you go by calling them or watching their Facebook page.
3501 E 101st N
Valley Center, KS 67147
You-pick blackberries by appointment or pre-picked berries, usually mid- to late-June. https://www.facebook.com/eldersliefarm
9836 S. Hydraulic
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.
309 NE 120 Rd.
You-pick strawberries and blackberries. Strawberries usually mid-May to June and blackberries usually mid-June to July
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.
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 is open as of May 24! https://www.facebook.com/chfarm
At Road 23 and Saddle Road, north of Sedan, about 1.5 or 2 hours southeast of Wichita, firstname.lastname@example.org