Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in the greater metropolitan Des Moines area of Iowa?  Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in the greater metropolitan Des Moines area of Iowa, sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name  (see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function) If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "pickit" and the one that ends with ".farms"; they do not update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China), so theirs are usually out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly! I put dates to indicate when we last received an update from each farm, and I make updates daily (each farm as their info changes). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

And if you know of any I missed and want to add them or correct the information, please let me know!  

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What's in season in October 2017, and other timely information:

Notes for October 2017: Apples are in season now, as are figs,  and Fall raspberries are in season now. Tomatoes are going strong, although the crop is way diminished in rainy areas like the southeast.  Both early apples, like Gala, and mid season like Delicious and Honeycrisp are in season!

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

Next year, don't miss an Easter Egg Hunt for your children: See our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

And of course you can find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and Christmas tree farms, on our related websites.

 

We also have home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to write me! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong, please write me!

the greater metropolitan Des Moines area of Iowa U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by county

Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map

Adair County

Boone County

Clarke County

Dallas County

  • Berry Fresh Farms - Strawberries, raspberries
    30339 K Avenue, Adel, IA, 50003. Phone: 515-554-6698. Open: Call for hours or check their website for updates.  Our farm is for family fun. Pick your own . Let the kids run around the farm and see the animals. Picnic while you are here. Enjoy the fresh fruit smoothies and other goodies inside the store. If you don't want to pick call ahead and we will have your order ready when you are.
  • Iowa Orchard - apples, strawberries,
    13140 Nw 102nd Avenue on South side of Highway 141, Granger, IA 50109. Phone: (515) 276-0852. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday through Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. For a map to our farm, click here. Strawberry season is usually: late May through late June Apple season is usually: first weekend of September through middle of October. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: February 24, 2017)

Greene County

  • Deal's Orchard - apples, cherries, onions, pumpkins, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, jumping pillow, trike track, farm animals, school tours
    1102 244th Street, Jefferson, IA 50129. Phone: 515-386-8279. Alternate Phone: 515-370-8279. Email: [email protected]. Open: See our website for current hours  Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page.  We have over 25 varieties of Iowa apples as well as tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, holiday gift baskets, and plenty of other seasonal fruits and vegetables. In 1999 we planted our first crop of Scotch Pine trees and now have a wide selection of Christmas trees on our Tree Farm. In the fall, we invite you to come and enjoy our family fun zone, Apple Acres, as well as a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and free weekend hayrack rides. Bring the family out to Deal's Orchard and make some memories finding the perfect Christmas tree or picking some ripe apples. If you'd prefer we do the work for you, visit the Apple Barn to buy something we carefully picked just for you.

Grundy County

  • Barn Stahl Farm Wellsburg IA - pick your own vegetables (call for specifics and availability), pumpkin patch-pick in the field, corn maze, haunted corn maze, restrooms, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours
    16519 185th St, Wellsburg , IA 50680. Phone: 641-869-3574. Fax: 614-869-3636. Email: [email protected]. Open: Wednesday to Saturday (and Sundays after Labor Day) from 1 pm to 7 pm; large group of 20 or more by appointment. Directions: 1.5 miles East of Wellsburg on D25. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page.  We also offer Pick your own vegetables and exotic animals.  

Guthrie County

Hamilton County

Hardin County

Jasper County

Lucas County

Madison County

  • Burr Oak Farms - Apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, and prepicked produce
    1121 220th Street, Winterset, IA 50273. Phone: 515-462-1482. Email us at: [email protected]. Directions: Turn south from exit 100 on I 80. Go to stopsign (About 10 miles). Turn left to first gravel road (220th Street) Go to "Y". Take right fork on "Y" and we are at top of hill. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, November. Open: Mid June to Mid November Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM Payment: Cash, Check.
  • The Pumpkin Ranch - pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, school tours
    2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset, IA 50273. Phone: 515-490-9281. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call or check website for seasonal hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Go to website for complete directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page.

Mahaska County

Marion County

Marshall County

  • Appleberry Farm (Atha's Orchard) - pick your own apples
    2402 West Main Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158. Phone: (641) 752-8443. Email: [email protected]. The Appleberry Farm offers a warm country blend of the old and new - from antiques to home- grown dried flowers, apples, pumpkins, gourds, and cider-making, too.

Polk County

  • Bob's Aronia Field - Aronia berries, U-pick and already picked
    101 Ne 72nd Place, Ankeny, IA 50023. Phone: 515-778-4262. Email: [email protected]. Open: 9 am to 5 on Sunday; Weeknights 5 pm to 8 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, only. Aronia Berries.
  • Erickson's Orchard - UPDATE: August 22, 2017: The owner tells me they are now permanently closed
    9175 NE 38th Avenue, Altoona, IA 50009. (UPDATED: August 16, 2017) (ADDED: June 13, 2017)
  • Iowa Orchard - apples, strawberries,
    12130 Nw 102nd Avenue on South side of Highway 141, Granger, IA 50109. Phone: 515-276-0852. Email: [email protected]. Open: For strawberries: Everyday Monday through Sunday 8am to 5 pm For apples: Everyday Monday through Sunday 9am to 5pm. Directions: Strawberries start late May through late June Apples 1st week of September through mid Ocrober. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: February 08, 2017)
  • Pumpkinville @ Mitchellville & Corn Maze - asparagus, pumpkins, strawberries, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, corn maze, and prepicked produce, restrooms, picnic area, tractor-pulled hay rides, petting zoo
    618 Center Ave S, Mitchellville, IA 50169. Phone: 515-967-0972. Email: [email protected]. Directions: Take exit 149 off of I-80 south to Center Ave Take Center Ave south out of town to 618 Center Ave S And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, September, October. Open: Daily 10:00 TO Dusk Corn maze open August-October 10:00am - 9:00pm We are open for business from May 1 through October 31. We sell vegetables daily from spring through fall. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for a link to our Facebook page
  • Stewart Family Farm - apples, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries, Fresh eggs
    11687 Ne 126th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161. Phone: (515) 967-6963. Alternate Phone: (515) 528-1511. Open: CSA pickup days is Tuesday late afternoon into evening; strawberries are u - pick or we - pick from memorial day to 4th of july; raspberries are u pick in july, August, September. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. (UPDATED: September 29, 2017) (ADDED: February 06, 2017)
  • Upstream Gardens & Orchard - apples, asparagus, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, currants (red and black), other berries, pears, peaches, peppers, plums, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), raspberries (Autumn, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, walnuts, Honey from hives on the farm
    5987 Ne 88th St, Altoona, IA 50009. Phone: 515-957-1303. Alternate Phone: 515-556-4197. Email: [email protected]. Open: See the main page on our website for hours as they may change on a weekly basis. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From I-80 exit 143, go south to NE 9th Street (where the median stops) and turn left. Go 2 miles and turn left again. Farm is on the right side of the road .7 miles from the turn. From Altoona, take 8th Street SW east out of town to NE 88th Street (East edge of the golf course) Turn left and go North.1.7 miles. Farm is on right side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 18, 2016)
  • Van Dyke Sweet Corn - asparagus, corn (sweet), Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed)
    12270 NE 22nd, Ankeny, IA 50021. Phone: 515-257-0298. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call for hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.

Powershiek County

Story County

  • The Berry Patch - Integrated pest management, Apples, asparagus, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, currants (red and black), gooseberries, pumpkins, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, and prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor-pulled hay rides
    62785 280 Street, Nevada, IA 50201. Phone: 877-382-5138. Email: [email protected]. Directions: from Des Moines, north on I35 to exit 102,turn east on 210. Go east 5 miles to S14, go north 6 miles to 280 st. Go east 3/4 miles to Berry Patch Farm. From Ames: East on US 30 8 miles to S14. South 4 miles to 280 Street East 3/4 miles to Berry Patch Farm Directions and Mapquest on our web site. And for a map to our farm, Click here. Open: Click here for picking updates. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October. Open: please check website for current hours. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Heritage Red Raspberries and Fall Gold Raspberries,  Apples;  Honeycrisp, Earlygold,   Gala,  Mollies Delicious, Mac Intosh,  Priscilla , Liberty,  Red Cortland,  Jonathon, Lura Red. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.    
  • Center Grove Orchard - apples, pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Jumping pillow, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    32835 610th Ave, Cambridge, IA 50046. Phone: 515-383-4354. Email: [email protected]. Open: September through Christmas, on Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Directions: Just north of Ankeny and south of Ames, 5 miles east of I-35 on Highway 210 (Exit 102, Cambridge). Then, north 1/8 mile on 610th Avenue. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Come be part of the lively atmosphere of our beautiful Central Iowa farm! We're sure you'll gather as many happy memories as apples. Enjoy daily hayrides, corn pool, corn maze and hay maze, farm animals, pedal tractors, weekend festivals with live entertainment, and so much more. Don't forget our jumping pillow, rubber duck races, Three Little Pigs houses, and apple sling shot. We have the best (and only) Potty Barn anywhere in the Des Moines and Ames area! Of course, you can pick your own apples and find your perfect pumpkin.
  • McWilliams Apple Orchard - apples
    9773 NE 158th Avenue, Maxwell, IA 50161. Phone: (515) 240-4920. Open: September - October; Sunday - Friday, Closed Saturdays. Please call for times; we are a small family orchard; Please call for you-pick times. Directions: From I-35, go East on Hwy 210. Go South on S-27 for about 2 miles. Turn left onto gravel road NE 158th Ave. We are the first place on the right. Varieties: Honeycrisp, Haralson, Chieftain, and Jonathan.  We have four different varieties of apples: Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Chieftain, and Haralson. If you are looking for a quiet, Iowa, country apple orchard where you can relax and pick your own apples, this is the place for you. We don't have any other fancy entertainment, but we are simple, friendly, and best of all local. Click here for a link to our Facebook page

Tama County

  • Hinegardner Orchard - pick-your-own apples, strawberries, Pumpkin Patch, pumpkins, squash, cider, honey, caramel apples, pies.
    1348 295th Street, Montour, Iowa 50173. Phone: 641-492-6353. Open: Call for hours and availability. Directions: Click here for a map. Apple Orchard, Strawberry Farm.

Warren County


Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


Local Honey Sources:

Dallas County

  • Patch's Pumpkins & Honey Farm - Honey (retail), Clover honey, Crystallized honey, Raw honeys, Strained honey, Other honey products, Tours, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, Bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    35588 L Lane, Adel, IA 50003. Phone: 515-834-9092. Alternate Phone: 515-490-1924. Fax: 515-834-9092. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturday and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm, September 29, 2012 through Saturday October 27, 2012; We are close during the day on Sunday October 28; School tours or group outings welcome durring the week; Please call to reserve your time slot; Haunted Corn Maze "Field of Screams" October 27th through October 31st, 7 pm to 10 pm. Directions: The Patch and Corn Maze is visible from Interstate 80 and most easily reached from I80. Use exit 106 and proceed north one half (1/2) mile. If from Des Moines that will be a right turn at the top of the exit 106 ramp. Turn right or east on 350th street, which is gravel, and travel again for one half (1/2) Mile. Turn right on the dead end. The road naturally curves left at this point; be sure to turn right here and do not take the curve. The patch is at the end of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Additional activities include pumpkin cannon, corn cannons, gourd gun, duck races and fire pit rentals.
  • Wills Family Orchard - Certified Organic, Honey (retail), Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, farm animals
    33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel, IA 50003. Phone: 515-321-1847. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturdays in August, from 10 am to 4 pm; Saturdays and Sundays in September and October; Hours listed at website. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for some crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: August 14, 2015)

Madison County

  • The Pumpkin Ranch - Honey (retail), Comb honey, Raw honeys, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, school tours
    2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset, IA 50273. Phone: 515-490-9281. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call or check website for seasonal hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Go to website for complete directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. We have fun and adventure for all ages. Try the zip lines, giant slides, tennis ball launchers, horseback riding, obstacle course, and more.
  • Upstream Gardens & Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Comb honey, Raw honeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked
    5987 Ne 88th Street, Altoona, IA 50009. Phone: 515-957-1303. Open: Late April through October; Hours vary with the season, please call, email, or Facebook message to inquire about availability and hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. See our Facebook feed for what is available now!. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Polk County

  • North River Adventure Farm - Raw honeys, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, face painting, petting zoo, farm animals
    2768 U.s. highway 65 / 69, Carlisle , IA 50047. Phone: 515-689-8349. Alternate Phone: 515-587-6640. Fax: 515-287-6640. Email: [email protected]. Open: All of October Friday 4 pm to 10 pm,Sat 10am to 10 pm ,Sun noon to 6 pm October 29th - 31st 4 pm to 10 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: south side of Des Moines takeS.E.14th street south / or ushwy 65 south and look for signs. About 1 1/2 miles south of Des Moines. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page.
  • Upstream Gardens & Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, Honey (retail), Comb honey, Raw honeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked
    5987 Ne 88th Street, Altoona, IA 50009. Phone: 515-957-1303. Open: Late April through October; Hours vary with the season, please call, email, or Facebook message to inquire about availability and hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. See our Facebook feed for what is available now!. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.

Story County


Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Madison County

  • Kimberley Lappe - No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% grass and/or grain fed, Eggs (free range, vegetarian fed), Brown eggs, Specialty eggs (see below), Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Fresh eggs
    117 Florence Avenue, East Peru, IA 50222. Phone: 641-728-4361. Open: Call for hours. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. We are able to take EBT payments as well.

Story County

  • La Mar Farms - Fresh eggs, Brown eggs, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road,
    26857 510th Avenue, Ames, IA 50014. Phone: 515-291-4775. Alternate Phone: 515-460-6527. Email: [email protected]. Open: Eggs are for sale now; The grand opening of the bicycle store is March 10, 2012. Directions: La Mar Farms is located 3 miles south of Highway 30 on County Road R-38. From Ames, take South Dakota Street directly south. We are the first red corn crib on the west side of the road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Call ahead appointments are welcome. Call 515-291-4775 and ask for David. We also feature used bicycles for sale.
  • Little Stone House farm - Chicken (free range), Turkey, Beef, Pork, Goat meat, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% Grass fed (includes finishing), 100% mixture of corn, grain, soybeans and/or other natural supplemental feeds, Eggs (free range, vegetarian fed), sausage, Bacon (pork), Smoked meats, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, Farm/ranch tours for visitors, children welcome, No pets please, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs
    69576 200th Street, Colo, IA 50056. Phone: 1515-290-1347. Alternate Phone: 1515-290-3464. Email: [email protected]. Open: By appointment only, please call. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Click here for our Facebook page. Wine Jellies.

Farm Venues for Weddings, Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:

Madison County

 


Horse Rides and More:

Madison County

  • The Pumpkin Ranch - Horse trails (guided), Lunches offered, snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, Beautiful rural setting, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, School tours, children welcome, No smoking allowed, Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, school tours
    2425 Hiatt Apple Trail, Winterset, IA 50273. Phone: 515-490-9281. Email: [email protected]. Open: Call or check website for seasonal hours. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Go to website for complete directions. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page.

Farm Bed And Breakfasts


Maple Syrup Farms and Sugarworks:


Wholesale Foods

Story County

  • Black's Heritage Farm - Local sales at our farm, Local delivery, Regional delivery (see below for details), Baked goods, Preserves, jams, jellies, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), inflatables/bounce house, pedal kart track, pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    26156 530th Ave, Ames, IA 50010. Phone: 515-203-0378. Alternate Phone: 5152030180. Email: [email protected]. Open: Sweet corn July 15 to September 15; Pumpkins August 1 to October 31; call for information. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 2 miles south of Highway 30 on 530th Avenue (University Blvd.). For a map to our farm, click here. Sweet corn July 15 to September 20. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers. Fresh Sweet Corn.  Click here for a link to our Facebook page.(UPDATED: September 21, 2016)

 


 

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