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Berry Picking in KC 2016

Posted May 15, 2016 10:57am by Admin

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We are so looking forward to berry season in our house this spring! With this fantastic springtime weather we’re having, it promises to be a good year for berries in the KC area. Strawberries are already popping up (a bit earlier than normal) and are ready to pick at many of the patches below! Blueberries are usually ready to pick around mid-June and blackberries will start coming sometime around in mid-July, but it’s always best to check your favorite berry patch online for their picking report.

Here are some Kansas City-area berry picking spots to check out…be sure to add your fave spot in the comments below if it’s not on the list!

  • The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – HUGE crop of blueberries and blackberries, great activities for kids!
  • Buckeye Acres (Warrensburg, MO) – strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, wide variety of other vegetables; produce sold at Warrensburg Farmer’s Market
  • Cy & Dee’s Blackberry Farm (Louisburg, KS) – 28615 Rockville Rd., 913-837-2254
  • Duncan’s Berry Farm (Smithville, MO) – blueberries also sold at Briarcliff Farmer’s Market, U-Pick blackberries in July
  • First Fruits Orchards (Drexel, MO) – CLOSED – First Fruits Fans, we are sad to say they are not re-opening the orchard this year
  • Gieringers Orchard (Edgerton, KS) – strawberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Blueberries were planted last year! Fun play area, including a giant hay stack for kids.
  • Lawson Brothers Farm (Baldwin City, KS) – Typically, they have strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, call for recorded message of picking conditions, 785-594-3936
  • Schreiman Orchards (Waverly, MO) – 660-493-2477 – berries and peaches, an hour east of KC
  • Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – blackberries, asparagus and rhubarb (and peaches and apples in season). They also have asparagus and other vegetables.
  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm (Platte City, MO) – strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; they also grow vegetables and various melons and are developing their orchard to provide a wide variety of tree fruit, including cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots
  • Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – no berries here but look for peaches, apples and pears beginning late summer
  • Wohletz Farm Fresh (Lawrence, KS) – strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and onions

For a few more in the outlying areas, check out our Pumpkin Patch/Orchards directory for ideas, or look at these state-by-state lists for  Pick-Your-Own Farms and Orchards:

Let us know of other favorite berry patches in the comments section…and happy picking!

Photo courtesy of Wohletz Farm Fresh.

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Berry Picking in KC 2015

Posted May 26, 2015 10:44pm by Jane

11110206_834138683347319_6244609770239546414_oWe can’t get enough berries in our house, and my kids were especially happy that this year was (finally!) a good one for strawberry picking. Note: For those of you with younger kids who have shorter attention spans, many of the berry patches offer additional outdoor fun to keep the kids occupied once they lose interest in picking berries.

If strawberries – which are in season right now in our area – aren’t your thing, blueberry and blackberry season is coming soon: Even with all the rain, area berry patches are predicting blueberries will be right on schedule, beginning to come in around mid- to late-June and blackberries will start coming in mid-July.

Here are some Kansas City-area berry picking spots to check out…be sure to add your fave spot in the comments below if it’s not on the list!

  • The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – HUGE crop of blueberries and blackberries, great activities for kids!
  • Buckeye Acres (Warrensburg, MO) – strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, wide variety of other vegetables; produce sold at Warrensburg Farmer’s Market
  • Cy & Dee’s Blackberry Farm (Louisburg, KS) – 28615 Rockville Rd., 913-837-2254
  • Duncan’s Berry Farm (Smithville, MO) – blueberries also sold at Briarcliff Farmer’s Market, U-Pick blackberries in July
  • First Fruits Orchards (Drexel, MO) – strawberries, blueberries, thornless blackberries, and tree fruit including peaches, plums, apples and pears.
  • Gieringers Orchard (Edgerton, KS) – strawberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Blueberries were planted this year too! Fun play area, including a giant hay stack for kids.
  • Lawson Brothers Farm (Baldwin City, KS) – Typically, they have strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, call for recorded message of picking conditions, 785-594-3936
  • Schreiman Orchards (Waverly, MO) – 660-493-2477 – berries and peaches, an hour east of KC
  • Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – blackberries, asparagus and rhubarb (and peaches and apples in season)
  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm (Platte City, MO) – strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; they also grow various melons and are developing their orchard to provide a wide variety of tree fruit, including cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots
  • Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – no berries here but look for peaches, apples and pears beginning late summer
  • Wohletz Farm Fresh (Lawrence, KS) – strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and onions

For a few more in the outlying areas, check out our Pumpkin Patch/Orchards directory for ideas, or look at these state-by-state lists for  Pick-Your-Own Farms and Orchards:

Let us know of other favorite berry patches in the comments section…and happy picking!

Photo courtesy of Gieringers Orchard.

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“We had a weird spring here in the Kansas City metro area and, while it affected all of us, it reeeeeealllllly affected our local growers. We had a lot of rain (usually good) and a late freeze (overwhelmingly bad). Some crops were damaged, others just delayed. But here we are – mid-June. And the berries are upon us!”– this is copied directly from 2009’s Berry post.

Funny how the Spring weather in KC seems to repeat itself…the same story holds true for this year.  The 2011 crop is “late” by most standards, with this weekend being the first real weekend for U-Pick Berries.

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I didn’t take the kids berry picking last year, and it’s one of those things I put on my mental list of things to do this summer.  The season is closing in!  I took them to the Overland Park Farmer’s Market today, and there weren’t any berries to be had.  Still the root vegetables and lots of greens, squash and zucchini.  A few peaches made their way up from Georgia.

Quick tip: I buy LOTS of blueberries, wash them and put them in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet.  After they are frozen, I divide them into small zip bags (only half-filled) and freeze the bags.  One bag added to pancake batter = awesome blueberry pancakes, year-round!!!  Look for blackberries starting about July 1st through September/October.

You might also want to check out our Pumpkin Patch/Orchards directory for ideas.  Here are the Kansas City-area berry picking spots to check out:

  • The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – HUGE crop of blueberries and blackberries, great activities for kids!
  • Cy & Dee’s Blackberry Farm (Louisburg, KS) – 28615 Rockville Rd., 913-837-2254
  • Duncan’s Berry Farm (Smithville, MO) – blueberries sold at Briarcliff Farmer’s Market, U-Pick blackberries in July
  • Lawson Brothers’ Farm (Baldwin City, KS) – NO 2011 CROP! Typically, they have strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • Schreiman Orchards (Waverly, MO) – 660-493-2477 – berries and peaches, an hour east of KC
  • Sibley Orchards (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – asparagus and rhubarb (and peaches and apples in season)
  • Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – no berries here but look for peaches and apples and pears beginning in July/ August

For a few more in the outlying areas, check out the Pick-Your-Own Farms and Orchards site for state-by-state lists:

*photo via barcoder96
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