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Apple Picking in Kansas City
It's apple picking season! 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
2012 Report from Alldredge: Opened for the season Labor Day Weekend. Watch their site for updates.
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.
2012 Report from Cider Hill: Opened for u-pick Sept. 1st (Labor Day Weekend). Watch their site for updates.
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
2012 Report from Schweizer: As of 8/10/12: Galas, Honeycrisp, and Early Jonathan Apples are ready for You-Pick!Other varieties available later in the season. Hours Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm; Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm.
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
2012 Report from Wagon Wheel Orchard: Watch the Wagon Wheel Orchard blog for picking dates. Be sure to call before heading out. Opening day not yet predicted.
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
2012 Report from Weston Red Barn Farm: From the Weston Red Barn Farm Facebook Page 8/11/12: "Gala and Jonathan varieties available for you-pick now, with more to come. We will most likely be picked out EARLY and QUICKLY, so don't wait! Please check in at the country store if you want to pick so you can get a basket and picking instructions. See you at the farm!"
In the mood for Caramel Apples now?
Caramel Apples are a delicious treat and several local shops serve up their own special recipe of the juicy delight. We've chosen our faves to create this guide to the Best Caramel Apples in Kansas City.
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.