Apple Picking in Kansas City: 2011
Autumn and apples… the two go hand in hand! Kids love taking a trip to local farms to pick their very own fruit and moms love the prices, which are significantly less expensive than the local grocery store. Each of the u-pick Apple Farms on our list is a locally owned family operation designed to provide the best in healthy produce and a great family outing. So, grab the camera and the cooler and take the kids on a trip they won’t forget!
Apple Picking Season: Mid-August through October. Some farms do not open until Labor Day Weekend, be sure to call for hours.
Apple Picking Tips:
- Call the farm for a picking report before you leave to make sure apples are ready for picking. Some farms have limited availability and it can vary even within a few hours. It is VERY important that you call first, we have encountered farms having apples in the morning and running out before the afternoon.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- Bring bottled water and snacks for the kids.
- Don’t forget your camera… apple picking makes great photos for the scrapbook.
- Check out “KC Going Places” for fun places to visit near the orchard of your choice!
Tucked in the foothills of the Missouri River you’ll find the picturesque Alldredge Orchards. The century-old barn welcomes guests with beautiful hardy mums, fresh fruit, and autumn treats. Children enjoy riding pedal go-kart and feeding the chickens and ducks that roam the farm and welcome visitors.
816.330.3448, 10455 Highway N Platte City, MO, www.alldredgeorchards.com
2011 Report from Alldredge: Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm thru September and October. Due to a shortage of apples, u-pick will be determined on a week-by-week basis. As of 9/21/11 they reported, "Okay, this is what you've been waiting for....THERE WILL BE LIMITED U-PICK THIS WEEKEND, SEPTEMBER 24 & 25. "Limited" means one small basket per family. You will be picking Lure Red, Empire, and Yellow Delicious. Many apples will not be pretty because of the hail, but this will give you an opportunity to get your apple-picking photos taken!".
Cider Hill Family Orchard
U-Pick Apple Orchard and Event Barn owned by The Shearer Family. Open: Saturday 10:00-6:00 Sunday 12:00-6:00.
3341 N. 139 Street, Kansas City, KS , Check the Cider Hill Family Orchard Facebook Page to verify hours.
Nestled in the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mo is one of the largest u-pick apple orchards in the area. Schweitzer Orchards are so popular that visitors come not only from Missouri and Kansas, but also from Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas on annual trips for apple picking! The orchard features Early Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonagold, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, HoneyCrisp and Winesap Apples. Opened for picking mid-August and will continue to have apples for picking through mid-October.
816. 232.3999, S Hwy 169 & FF St. Joseph, MO, www.schweizerorchards.com
2011 Report from Schweizer: As of 8/30/11: Apple picking is open Mon-Sat, 9am-5:30pm, Sun 1-5pm. Hayrides will run in the evenings September 24- October as well. Remember to call ahead because these hours may change.
Wagon Wheel Orchard
The Wagon Wheel Orchard is one of the newer u-pick farms in the area, but they already boast 133 varieties of apples! The Wagon Wheel is open to visitors for picking on weekends, but be sure you call ahead for the picking report!
913.893.6050, 15380 Edgerton Rd, Gardner, KS, www.wagonwheelorchard.com
2011 Report from Wagon Wheel Orchard: Watch the Wagon Wheel Orchard blog for picking dates. Be sure to call before heading out. As of 9/1/11: "Fall apples and pears: The drought this summer plus 100+ degree weather for an extended period has really got our trees confused! Some dropped all their leaves and fruit and are blooming right now. We do have over 1,000 varieties so many of these are relatively unaffected (southern friendly apples). We do have quite a bit of fall fruit that has not caught up to its normal size yet. We're hoping that the recent rains and cooler temps allow us to open in a couple weeks with fall apples and pears. Thanks, Rick aka Orchard Guy."
Weston Red Barn Farm
This working farm is a delightful country excursion for city kids! The Weston Red Barn Farm is one of the largest area farms with fruit available for picking daily! In addition to apple picking, children love to visit the sheep, ponies, chickens, geese, and pigs at the farm.
816.386.5437, 16300 Wilkerson Rd., Weston, MO, www.westonredbarnfarm.com
2011 Report from Weston Red Barn Farm: From the Weston Red Barn Farm Facebook Page 9/13/11: "We are pretty much picked out, our picking season starts in August so families come early. There are still a few out on the trees if you want to check out the orchards, but the majority have already been picked. We will have pre-picked apples for sale in our store for the rest of the season and we will start pumpkin picking soon though!"
Bonus outing - Louisburg Cider Mill:
Details: 14730 Hwy 68, 913.837.5202. Cider Mill Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sunday 9am-6am. At the mill, watch Cider Making and Apple Cider Donut Making. Lost Trail Root Beer and Soda is manufactured there as well. Cider, donuts, pumpkins, Lost Trail Sodas, specialty foods, and fall treats are available for purchase in the Gift Shop. Visit the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze with a Fishing Hole, Farm Animals, Play Area, Picnic Area, Straw Castle, and Hay Rides.
The entire family will love this outing. The kids are fascinated by the Cider Making and machinery; until they discover something even better...the donuts! The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze are great fun.