Summer Fruit Orchard U-Pick Guide

Every summer, our family's bucket list always includes some sort of local u-pick farm! We cherish picking fruit directly off the vine, sneaking bites straight out of the bucket and the surrounding wide open spaces. We bake pies and tarts and share our bounty with neighbors and friends!

Check out some of the best fruit-orchards the Kansas City metro has to offer! Helpful hint: Be sure to review their website or social channels before you go for the most up-to-date picking information and availability. Some farms/orchards require a reservation!

  1. Gieringers in Edgerton, Kansas. This super popular orchard is quite large and also sells delicious donuts and slushies based on the fruit that's in season. They have delicious strawberries, blackberries and peaches especially! Plan for a full morning or afternoon out here and call ahead to make sure they're not sold out!
  2. Wohletz Farm Fresh in Lawrence, Kansas. A reservation is required here, which means you won't have to fight the masses for their amazing blueberries! Make sure to check out their website for delicious jam and pie recipes!
  3. Bockelman Berries in Peculiar, Mo. Blackberries and Blueberries are the specialty here and availability isn't huge... which makes it extra special! The per pound cost is very economical, and it's always wonderful to support a small working farm.
  4. Duncan’s Berry Farm in Smithville, Mo. Darling orchard with tasty berries and the chance to also purchase homemade cake breads and donuts! Reservations are required!
  5. The Berry Patch in Cleveland, Mo. This is where we typically go. Their farm is HUGE with many patches that ripen at different times. We always grab something from their bakery display when we check out, and their barrel train is fun for kids to ride.
  6. Weston Orchard and Vineyard in Weston, Mo. It's all about the PEACHES here! Historic Weston Orchard & Vineyard is one of Kansas City's largest peach orchards, home to 8 varieties of peaches. The peaches are freestone peaches (cling-free) meaning the flesh is not attached to the pit making them great for cooking and eating. 

Happy picking!

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