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Apple U-Pick Orchards in the Kansas City area of Missouri in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Jackson County

  • Rock Creek Apple Orchard - Uses natural growing practices, apples, U-pick and already picked
    619 W. Lone Jack Lees Summit Road, Lone Jack, MO 64070. Phone: (816) 286 6262. Email: [email protected]. Open: from the first week in September Saturday 9 am to 3 Sunday 10 am to 4; We will stay open until the apples are gone!! If you would like to come out at a different time please call! I will be more than happy to accommodate!. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . From Lees Summit take 50 highway east to Lone Jack. Turn north (left) off of 50 highway onto Lone Jack Lees Summit road. Go 1 mile north to property. Gps will not get you to my door. It will tell u to turn right. Please do not, stay on road going directly north. I am at the bottom of the hill. Again call if you need assistance. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. I keeping with the organic healthy theme of our apples please bring your own bags if you can! We appreciate recycling! Also we have an abundance of apples and would welcome groups!!.
  • Timberland Troost Lake Community Orchard - apples, apricots, nectarines, other citrus, pears, peaches, pecans , plums,
    29th And Highland Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64109. Phone: 816-200-6557. Email: [email protected]. Open: Orchard is open during KCMO Public Park hours (dawn to dusk). Directions: The orchard is located just East of Troost Lake in Midtown. . Click here for a map and directions. . Payment:

Cass County

  • G.Pops' Farm - Apples, Farmstand, Honey, Pumpkins,
    19420 South Purvis Rd, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080. Phone: 816-987-3752. Email: [email protected]. Open: Weekends Sept and Oct See G. Click here for a map and directions.
    G.Pops' Farm Facebook page. . Pop's Farm Facebook page. In August we set up our "you pick" market at the apple orchard, 1201 Country Club Drive, in Pleasant Hill. Our "picker" guests purchase a basket or sack and get instruction for the locations of their favorite apples. Then, off they go! Our trees are not so tall, so apples can be reached from the ground. We also make available freshly harvested honey, and beeswax items for sale. And the beehives are in plain sight! This is fun for all!In September, we go out to the farm for a wide variety of pumpkins, as well as ornamental corn and sunflowers. Our pumpkins are graded large, medium, and the popular mini-pumpkins. Park under the pecan trees and we have several fields within easy walking distance. Take family pictures in the sunflowers or with the old truck or tractor up next to the barn! Check your cornhusker skills picking your own ornamental corn and get easy instruction on making a cornhusk doll.

Clay County

  • Fun Farm - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, jumping pillow, trike track, pedal kart track, mining for gems, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    650 N. Jefferson St, Kearney, MO 64060. Phone: (816) 628-0028. Email: [email protected]. Open: Strawberries: May 18 to June 15: Monday to Friday 8 am to 1 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm Sunflower Festival: September 7 and 8; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: Traveling on I-35 N, take exit 26 (MO 92). Take a right onto Mo 92 to Jefferson Street Turn Left on Jefferson Street Head North for 1.7 miles, Fun Farm will be on the left. Traveling on I-35 S, take exit 26 (MO 92). Take a left onto Mo 92 to Jefferson Street Turn Left on Jefferson Street Head North for 1.7 miles, Fun Farm will be on the left. Payment: Cash, only. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Fun Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (816) 935-7727. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. (ADDED: May 13, 2019)

Howard County

  • Huffstutter Orchards - U-Pick apples, pumpkins and possibly peaches
    2621 State Route P, New Franklin, MO 65274. Phone: 573-884-1014. Email: [email protected]. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, only.
    Huffstutter Orchards Facebook page. . . Close to Columbia, this family farm grows apples, peaches, pears, and squash. For directions visit their website. APPLES: Gala, Jonathan and winter squash; all in September-October.Facebook page (note: it's rarely updated). Originally the orchards only grew apples, but now the Huffstutters grow peaches. In 2000,created a "U-Pick" orchard of apples.

Lafayette County

  • John & Linda's Fruit and Berry Farm - apples, asparagus, beans, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, gooseberries, nectarines, onions, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    2428 Texas Prairie Rd, Bates City, MO 64011. Phone: 816-690-6293. Email: [email protected]. Open: hours 7am to 7pm; 7 days a week; May 1 thru October 31. Directions: One mile north of Bates City exit, off of Interstate 70,call for more detail directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. John & Linda's Fruit and Berry Farm Alternate Phone: 816-694-1688. . call for harvest dates; asparagus is the first to start, May 15. please call ahead for availability. 2021 update: Asparagus in mid April, Strawberries in mid May, Blueberries and Gooseberries in late June, Blackberries in mid July, peaches in mid July, Apples and pears in late August. Vegetables usually start early June. (Please note these are estimates, weather can change picking dates.) (UPDATED: June 13, 2016)

Platte County

  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm - apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, onions, other berries, peppers, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), strawberries, tomatoes, U-pick and already picked
    8740 92 Highway, Platte City, MO 64079. Phone: 816-582-3398. Email: [email protected]. Open: Their website is gone, but they still have a (well hidden) Facebook page. Click here for a map and directions. Spanish Garden Berry Farm . (UPDATED: June 30, 2021 JBS)
  • Weston Red Barn Farm - apples, peaches and pumpkins, school tours, hayrides
    16300 Wilkerson Road, Weston, MO . Phone: 816-386-5437. Click here for a map and directions.
    Weston Red Barn Farm Facebook page. . Working farmstead for families to enjoy with baby animals in the Spring, peach harvest in July and August, Milo Maze, Prairie Trail and Fort Hay Bale during the Fall Festival with apples and pumpkins to pick. We feature traditional farm animals and crops. In addition to the working farm, we offer school tours, a country store featuring our fresh produce, facilities for weddings and bonfire/hayride events and a fall festival where families can come pick pumpkins and apples, take a hayride and enjoy the country. Facebook page.

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

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


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