Jun 20, 2013 100 Days of Summer in Kansas City

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U-Pick Berries and Fruit in Kansas City

U-Pick Berries and Fruit in Kansas City

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, blackberries, peaches 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! As 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 area. Please note, some farms from previous years are no longer in business or no longer offering u-pick. This list will get you started! If you know of a patch to add to the list, email kristina@kcparent.com.

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
Strawberries - May, June
Fall Blackberries - August, September, October
Fall Raspberries - August, Sept, October

You Pick Berry Patches in the Kansas City Area:

Last updated 6/20/2013

Blueberry Picking at The Berry PatchBerries & More

Fruit: Blueberries
Where: 505 W. Lone Jack/Lee’s Summit Rd., Lone Jack, MO
Phone: 816.697.3400
Nearby: Powell Gardens
Tip: No children under the age of 12 allowed at this u-pick patch. We called to verify their season for 2013 and they predict opening around 6/24 currently (as of 6/20).

The Berry Patch:

Fruit: Blueberries and Blackberries
Where: 22509 State Line Road Cleveland, MO 64734.
Phone: 816.618.3771
Web: www.theberrypatchonline.com
Tip: They are OPEN, but recommend waiting until June 22nd to start picking. 2013 Prices are: U-Pick: $2.90/lb. We-pick: $3.90/lb. Watch their website for picking reports recommending the best time to go for the best bounty (as of 6/20)!

Cy and Dee’s Blackberry Farm

Fruit: Blackberries
Where: 28615 Rockville Rd., Louisburg, KS
Phone: 913.731.2324
Nearby: Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary
Tip: We called and they predict mid-July for blackberries (as of 6/20)!

Gieringers Orchard

Fruit: Strawberries, Blackberries, Peaches  (other fresh produce available for sale)
Where: 39675 W. 183rd St, Edgerton, KS
Phone: 913.893.9626
Web: http://gieringersorchard.com/Home_Page.html 
Nearby: Lanesfield School House
Tips: Strawberry season ended mid-June 2013. Blackberry picking started July 1st! Peaches COMING SOON (as of 6/30)! Bring your KCParent Coupon with you! From Gieringers: "We will be open Monday - Sat 9-6. No appointment necessary. You can call 913-893-9626 for a daily picking report or check Facebook we post if there are any changes.  We will be charging $3.50 lb. for U-Pick Blackberries. ask about large quantity pricing at the orchard.  As with everything at our Orchard we follow a sustainable IPM management schedule or Integrated Pest Management. We regularly scout our fields and identify any problems before we select a treatment plan. This minimizes the need for costly treatments but allows us to address fruit quality issues so we can continue to produce top quality fruit and berries. We hope this has answered any immediate questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the Orchard."

Happy Valley Farm

Fruit: Blueberries
Where: 29080 W. 95th De Soto, KS
Phone: 913.706.0370
Tip: Picking is by appointment only at this patch. Expect the end of June through July for blueberry picking (as of 6/20). 

Schweizer Orchards

Fruit: Apples, Peaches, Blueberries, Blackberries (other fresh produce available for sale)
Where: S Hwy 169 & FF St. Joseph, MO
Phone: 816. 232.3999
Web: www.schweizerorchards.com
Tip: Read our guide to Family Fun in St. Joseph, Missouri, for more ideas while you're there! Blueberries and Blackberries are available 7/8.

Wagon Wheel Orchard

Fruit: Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Plums, Pears
Where: 15380 Edgerton Road Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913.893.6050
Web: www.wagonwheelorchard.com
Nearby: Lanesfield School House
Tip: We called and they said to keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates - the winds and weather played a big part in the harvest this year. However, pears and apples look good (as of 6/20)!

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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