Find Your Inner Berry-Picker This Summer!

Brynne strawberries edited

KC Area Berry Patches are in Full Swing!

Craving a berry tart? How about fresh berry pies? The littlest Hayhow, featured in the photo, prefers them straight off the vine. Berry picking is a great way to spend a few “unplugged” hours with your family. You could even sneak in some education for the kids, too (“How many berries do you think it will take to make a pound?” and “What makes a blueberry blue?”)! Your big kids can help the little ones pick and you can enjoy watching your kids bond – for a couple of minutes, in any case. We just finished up strawberry season, but blueberries and blackberries are ripe and ready at several berry patches. Always be sure to call or visit their Facebook pages before you head out to make sure they are open for picking that day!

Here are some of the KC area berry patches:

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
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

Thanks to KCKidsFun.com for the berry patch list! Happy picking!


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