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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Wichita Area of Kansas 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!

Butler County

  • Meadowlark Farm - Uses integrated pest management practices, apples, beans, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, nectarines, peaches, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, concessions \\/ refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals, school tours, group reservations
    11249 Sw 160th St, Rose Hill, KS 67133. Phone: 316-518-8907. Email: [email protected]. Open: Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm from June 1 through November 1 and by appointment. Directions: Take Highway 54/400 (Kellogg) east of Wichita, KS towards Augusta, KS. Turn South on Santa Fe Lake road and travel 6 miles, then turn West on SW 160th Street and after 200 yards, turn south into our driveway through the peach orchard and follow the signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Meadowlark Farm Facebook page. . . Peaches can be picked from early July until the first of September Pick your own vegetables are available from June 1 til November. We use integrated pest management practices. A visitor writes on July 20, 2013: "We LOVE it. Met the owner/operator and he is a very nice person."
  • Regier Orchard - Apples
    Meadowlark Road, Whitewater, KS 67154. Phone: 316-799-2025. Open: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from: 9am to 4 pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. Regier Orchard (3 mi. N of Remington High School); I-135, Exit 25. Go east past Whitewater (11 miles) to blinking light at Meadowlark Road; turn north and go about 4 miles. We are on the left-hand side of the road. (UPDATED: May 21, 2015, JBS)

Harper County

  • Beal Orchard - apples, peaches, U-pick and already picked, farm market
    131 NE 100 Road, Harper, KS 67058. Phone: (620) 896-7044. Email: [email protected]. Open: 10 am to 5 Monday thru Friday; 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday; Closed on Sunday. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Beal Orchard . June thru September -is the usual peach seasons. We also have farm grown Grass-Fed Beef.

Sumner County

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.)
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