Berry Picking in Kansas City: Summer 2011
When I was growing up, it was a family tradition to visit The Berry Patch and pick blueberries every year. We would enjoy blueberry pie, pancakes, and blueberry lemonade all summer long.
As a mom, I have continued this tradition with my own children. We pick blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. For city kids, the novelty of picking your own fruit right off the bush or vine is not only educational, but fun as well. For some reason, pancakes with blueberries YOU picked just taste better!
For a city mom, the novelty of sharing this experience with my children, without the responsibility of farming, is a true treat! In Kansas City, we enjoy many “U-Pick Farms” across the metro. This list will get you started! If you know of a patch to add to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berry Picking Tips:
- Remember comfortable shoes (you will be walking in fields) and wear sun screen.
- Call ahead to verify picking times as it varies from farm to farm. This is a MUST!
- Bring bottled water and pack a picnic if the farm allows.
- And, don’t forget your camera… children with blueberry smiles make a great photo-op!
Berry Picking Season:
Apples – August, September
Blueberries - June, July, August
Blackberries - July, August
Cherries – June
Peaches – August
Pears – August, September
Fall Blackberries - August, September, October
Fall Raspberries - August, Sept, October
You Pick Berry Patches in the Kansas City Area:
Berries & More
Where: 505 W. Lone Jack/Lee’s Summit Rd., Lone Jack, MO
The Berry Patch:
Fruit: Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries
Where: 22509 State Line Road Cleveland, MO 64734.
Cy and Dee’s Blackberry Farm
Where: 28615 Rockville Rd., Louisburg, KS
Duncan’s Berry Farm:
Fruit: Blueberries and Blackberries
Where: 908 County Road F, Smithville, MO 64089
Fruit: Blueberries, Grapes, and Raspberries
Where: 23080 Interurban Road, Dearborn, MO
Fruit: Blackberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, and Plums
Where: 39675 W. 183rd St, Edgerton, KS
Lawson Brothers Farm
Fruit: Blackberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries.
Where: GPS: N38 50.444 W95 09.352 in Douglas County, KS
Fruit: Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Apples, and Pumpkins
Where: 5455 SE State Route FF St. Joseph, MO 64507
Fruit: Blackberries (other fruit for sale, but blackberries are only U-Pick fruit)
Where: 3717 Blue Mills Rd Sibley, MO 64088
Wagon Wheel Orchard
Fruit: Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Plums, Pears
Where: 15380 Edgerton Road Gardner, KS 66030
Waters Blueberry Farm
Where: 925 Bainbridge Rd. Smithville, MO 64089
Weston Red Barn Farm
Fruit: Strawberries, Blackberries, Apples
Where:16300 Wilkerson Rd, Weston, MO 64098
Wohletz Farm Fresh
Where:1831 N 1100 RD. Lawrence, KS 66046
BONUS: Our Favorite Fruit Cobbler Recipe!
Silver Dollar City Cobbler
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 3/4 c. milk
- 3/4 c. flour
- smidge of salt
- 1 stick butter, melted in an 8x8 baking dish
- 2 c. sliced peaches, berries, cherries or another favorite fruit
- 3/4 c. sugar
Instructions: (NOTE: Pay close attention to the DO NOT STIR instructions - it's important.)
Mix the cup of sugar, baking powder, milk, flour, and salt together. After you melt the stick of butter into the baking dish pour the batter mixture over the top. Do not stir!!! Now mix the sugar with the fruit and drop it through the batter mixture; Again, do not stir! Bake for an hour at 300 degrees. If you double the recipe, it may take a bit longer. This recipe may boil over a bit, so place pan on a baking sheet with parchment paper (Kristina's note- mine did not boil over in a deep dish Pyrex pan, my teacher's DID boil over in a metal baking pan). The cake portion should be golden brown. Serve with cool whip, ice cream, or half and half. The 8x8 size (single recipe) should serve 6 people.
Note: This list was compiled by the staff of KC Parent Magazine and may not be reproduced in print or online without permission.
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