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!
Wichita Farmers Markets (If you can’t make it out into the fields, they’ll bring the produce to you.)
Wichita-area Pumpkin Patches
Kansas Sunflower Fields in Bloom (Sunflowers! From late summer into fall we often see sunflower fields in bloom. At least a few local area farms have you-pick sunflowers available!)
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 perfect in the fall for you-pick peaches, apples, pumpkins and a variety of vegetables. The season for peaches is usually June to October (phone or see website for details), or you can purchase at the farm store on site, or at local farmer’s markets.
Meadowlark Farm also sells farm-made Hard Apple Cider. You’ll find them five miles east of Rose Hill, Kansas 67133, at Southwest 160th Street and Santa Fe Lake Road. They give updates about peaches and other you-pick crops on Facebook
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.
1345 W. 90th Ave N.
Conway Springs, KS
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. Call for an appointment.
Beal Orchard & Country Store
131 NE 100 Rd
Produce in the store, as well as you-pick peaches and apples, usually July and August. Keep up with their you-pick and/or produce offerings on Facebook here.
7620 S Anderson Rd
Newton, KS 67114
They haven’t had you-pick peaches for a few seasons now, but this year in late July they got an awesome crop and have opened by appointment only. For updates, join the farm’s Facebook group.
Walters Pumpkin Patch
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.
Spring and Summer Berry Picking
Spring and early summer are when the time is ripe for you-pick berries around Wichita: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. Here are you-pick farms near us that offer berry-picking.
11249 SW 160th St.
Rose Hill, KS 67133
You-pick strawberries should begin in mid-May. Peaches, apples, and pumpkins later in the year. 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
Sargeant’s Berry Farm
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. They usually post updates on Facebook.
Sweet Berries & Brambles
309 NE 120 Rd.
You-pick strawberries and blackberries. Strawberries usually mid-May to June and blackberries usually mid-June to July. Follow the progress of their strawberry fields on Facebook.
Tenth Street Orchard
510 West Washington Ave.
Pick-your-own strawberries and blackberries in Sterling, KS. Strawberries mid-May into June. Blackberries in July. They also have the Tenth Street Orchard Vintage Market in May. Sterling is just about 30 minutes northwest of Hutchinson. https://www.facebook.com/tenthstreetorchard/
Chautauqua Hills Farm
At Road 23 and Saddle Road, north of Sedan, about 1.5 or 2 hours southeast of Wichita
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.
Register in advance for berry-picking. www.facebook.com/chfarm