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 "Eatwell", "pickit" and the ones that ends with ".farm"; they do not verify or update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China, as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly. Since 2002, I make updates daily (each farm as changes are reported, or I find it). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! And if you know of any farms I missed and want to add a farm, please let me know!   I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!

What's in season in September 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for September 2018: Summer is here and that means Strawberry season is finishing and blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches are starting. Tomatoes, corn and other vegetables should be starting, too. Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, Peach festival or a Blueberry festival. We have a guide to peach varieties here. Also recipes, canning and freezing directions for strawberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn etc.

See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, 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 or outdated, please write me!

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!

the greater metropolitan Des Moines area of Iowa U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, 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, blackberries,
    30339 K Avenue, Adel, IA, 50003. Open: Check their website for updates.  The new owners (starting in 2017) haven't yet posted hours. 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. Click here for a map and directions. 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 Click here for a map and directions. 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)