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!
What are the you-pick seasons in Kansas?
One thing we’ve learned after listing fun agricultural activities like you-pick produce and sunflower fields for several years is that seasons don’t always follow our expectations.
Too much or too little rain, sun, cold snaps, and other weather often affects when the you-pick crops are ready. But there are some general time frames you can expect to grab your buckets and mud-shoes and get out to the you-pick farms! Here is what we know, but of course you would get the best advice asking the grower at each of the you-pick locations we’ve listed below.
Spring and early summer – you-pick berries! Strawberries come first, usually in May, followed by blueberries, then blackberries.
Summer – Lavender fields are blossoming and smelling gorgeous by early summer. Your backyard tomatoes are probably starting to produce too, and farmers markets should have an abundant supply. Corn stands usually start “cropping up” (pun totally intended) in Wichita around the end of June.
Late Summer – Peaches start ripening as we approach the new school year – as long as a late spring freeze didn’t wipe out the tender blossoms. Sunflowers may begin budding as early as July, and some sunflower fields are ready for us to “agri-tour” by August. Apples may be ready for picking in August as well.
Fall – Apples, late sunflowers, and pumpkins can all be enjoyed in the fall!
- Wichita Farmers Markets (If you can’t make it out into the fields, they’ll bring the produce to you.)
- Kansas Sunflower Fields (Sunflowers! From late summer into fall we often see sunflower fields in bloom. And at least a few local area farms have you-pick sunflowers available.)
- Wichita-area Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes
Spring and summer berry picking near Wichita
Spring and early summer are when the time is ripe for you-pick berries around Wichita: strawberries first, then blueberries, blackberries. Strawberry-picking season seems to go by in a flash, so pause when you’re making your summer plans and get this spring activity on the schedule quickly.
Here are you-pick farms near us that offer berry-picking.
Sargeant’s Berry Farm
9836 S. Hydraulic | Haysville, KS
You-pick strawberries, usually May to June and you-pick blackberries and
cherries, usually later in June and July. Other seasonal fruits and vegetables are
for sale at their store. They usually post updates on Facebook but you can also
call for you-pick hours and what’s available.
11249 SW 160th St. | Rose Hill, KS 67133
Meadowlark Farm is a pick-your-own fruit orchard just east of Wichita in Rose Hill
Kansas. Their apple orchard comprises more than 2000 trees, of more than 20
apple varieties. The earliest apples ripen in July, and the latest ripen in
November. Many peach trees are also available, ripening along the same
timeline as their apples.
Their property also contains a large strawberry field that ripens mid-May to early
June. They are a perfect you-pick price of $5 per pint.
Meadowlark Farm is open 10am-5pm, Wednesday – Sunday. There is an entry
fee of $2.50/person 13 years and over. No appointments are necessary however
call (316) 518-8907 or visit their Facebook page for up-to-date information on our
open hours, what is ripe and what is ready for you to pick.
Tenth Street Orchard
510 West Washington Ave. | Sterling, Kansas
Pick-your-own strawberries, blackberries and sweet corn in Sterling, KS.
Strawberries mid-May into June, blackberries in July, and sweet corn and apples
in August. They also usually have the Tenth Street Orchard Vintage Market in
May. Sterling is just about 30 minutes northwest of Hutchinson. You can visit
their website or Facebook page for updated information.
Sweet Berries & Brambles
309 NE 120 Rd. | Harper, KS
You-pick strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Strawberries are usually
mid-May to beginning of June, blueberries begin early June through mid-July,
and blackberries usually mid-June to mid-July. Berry prices range from approx
$3-5 a pound. Follow the progress of their fields on Facebook and for overall
information you can visit their website.
Farm View U-Pick Strawberry Patch
207 8th Ave. | Inman, KS
Late May/early June for you-pick strawberries. Call or text before you go out to
make sure they still have berries. $4 per pound. Cash, check, or Venmo only.
Follow the season on the farm’s Facebook page here.
Chautauqua Hills Farm
1778 Rd 23 Sedan, KS 67352
Naturally Grown Blueberries and Blackberries. Located 1½ hours southeast of
Wichita, KS in the beautiful hill country of Chautauqua County. Register in
advance for berry-picking here. Picking usually starts about the third week of
June and should run through July. Visit their Facebook page for up-to-date
Blackberry Heaven U-Pick
1870 SW Santa Fe Lake Rd. | Towanda, Kansas 67144
You-pick blueberries will be available picking in mid-June and their famous
blackbery season is from mid-July to late August. Follow the Facebook page to
see what’s ripe.
3501 E 101st N | Valley Center, KS 67147
You-pick blackberries by appointment or pre-picked berries, usually mid- to late-
June. This visit is such a nice time spending the morning picking blackberries,
watching the young goats play, then enjoying tea and scones outside in the
Bramble Cafe. Prices are listed on their website during the picking season. You
can follow on Facebook or Instagram, but if you want to pick, sign up for their
newsletter so you’ll be notified of openings.
You-Pick Herbs and Produce
Bramble’s Edge Farm
18176 SW Meadowlark Road | Rose Hill, KS 67133
Pick your own flowers, herbs, mint, pumpkins, and soon – berries. Most days are
by appointment only and you can sign-up via their website or by calling. The
onsite market offers farm fresh produce, farm-grown flowers, handmade soaps,
and cleaning products. Workshops are occasionally offered on soap- and candle-
making as well as other educational subjects.
Gertie’s Lavender Farm
8101 South Rayl Road | Burrton, Kansas 67020
This farm’s you-pick option is TBD. Call for confirmation. Make sure you attend
their annual Lavendar Festival, however – typically in mid-June and pick out your
own lavender plants, as well as visit some great vendors! Visit their Facebook for
Peach and Apple Orchards, Pumpkins, and more
Mid-summer is when you can start picking your own peaches in Kansas. What a
delectable treat! We also do have some apple orchards with you-pick apples and
plenty of pumpkin farms around our area.
11249 SW 160th St.
Rose Hill, KS 67133
Meadowlark Farm is a pick-your-own peach and apple orchard just east of
Wichita in Rose Hill Kansas. Their apple orchard comprises more than 2000
trees, of more than 20 apple varieties. The earliest apples ripen in July, and the
latest ripen in November. During the apple season Meadowlark Farm is open
10am-5pm, Wednesday – Sunday. There is an entry fee of $2.50/person 13
years and over. No appointments are necessary however call (316) 518-8907 or
visit their Facebook page for up-to-date information on our open hours, what is
ripe and what is ready for you to pick.
1345 W. 90th Ave N.
Conway Springs, KS
With peaches at $2.20/lb and apples at only $0.75/lb this orchard is a great
inexpensive way to spend a fall weekend with your family. Take a short drive to
Conway Springs for a few varieties of peaches and several varieties of apples to
choose from. They are open 7am-7pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,
7am-5pm on Saturday, and 1pm-5pm on Sunday. Give them a call at (620) 456-
2706 with any questions.
12249 NW Meadowlark Road
Whitewater, KS 67154
This ‘you-pick’ orchard is filled with sweet peach trees and several apple-picking
opportunities. Please call 316 799-2025 for hours of operation and information on
what is currently available for picking.
13209 E 82nd Ave, Buhler, KS
Famous for their sweet corn stands around Wichita, Gaeddert Farms also now
has a sunflower festival in August/September when they’re blooming. The farm is
not too far away, located in Buhler. They used to have a corn maze and you-pick
pumpkin patch, but are now focusing on sunflowers.
Although it’s not you-pick, people look forward to picking up their summer sweet
corn from Gaeddert Farms corn stands every year. You can find stand locations
all around South Central Kansas on the website here.
Walters Pumpkin Patch
10001 NW U.S. Highway 77 | Burns, Kansas 66840
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. More info at their website here.
Cedar Creek Farm & Pumpkin Patch
6100 N 119th St W Maize, KS 67101
Cedar Creek is one of the newer pumpkin patches in the Wichita area. It’s in
Maize, at K-96 and 119th Street West. Cost: $12 admission per person, free for
kids 2 and younger, or you can get season passes for $25 each for unlimited
access to the patch! Group rates and school trip pricing are available. Pumpkins
are sold separately and priced per pound. More Information on their website.
Applejack Pumpkin Patch
10007 SW Indianola Rd, Augusta, KS 67010
Dates: Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, 2022
Applejack Pumpkin Patch has a you-pick pumpkin patch along with many great
fall family fun activities. Admission is $12 for ages 3 and up. Pumpkins are extra.
Military and seniors get half-price admission with ID. Special group rates are
Klausmeyer Farms Pumpkin Patch
8135 S. 119 St. West, Clearwater, KS 67026
Dates: September 18 through October 31, 2022
The Klausmeyer pumpkin patch admission is $8 on the weekday and $10 on the
weekend. Admission to the patch includes many of the farm’s activities.
Admission to the crop maze can be added onto your patch admission as a
combo of $10 per person on the weekdays or $13 on the weekends. Pumpkins
are sold by the pound.
P and M Pumpkin Ranch
311 16th Ave, Moundridge, KS 67107
Dates: Sept. 17 through November 6th, 2022.
This place is fun! P and M Pumpkin Ranch is a Western-themed pick-your-own
pumpkin patch located just 45 minutes north of Wichita on the northeast side of
Sunny Side Pumpkin Patch
11500 S. Hopkins Road, Assaria, KS 67416
Dates: September 24 through October 31, 2022
Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch is a real home-grown pumpkin patch in a rural farm
setting containing 8 acres of pumpkins to pick from and creative crop circle
mazes. Admission is $7 per person and includes all activities; ages 6 and
younger are $1 per year of age. Pumpkins are very reasonably priced and the
owners sell other produce in season as well.