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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Omaha and Eastern Nebraska 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

  • Blue Valley Fruits and Vegetables - asparagus, beans, beets, berries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cherries, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, gourds, grapes, herbs, horseradish, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, melons, mustard, okra, onions, organic apples, ornamental corn, parsnips, peas
    1041 S 3rd, Ulysses, NE 68669. Phone: (402) 549-2172. Click here for a map and directions. . Also has a farmers' market. Farm located 1/4 mile south of Ulysses, on 3rd Street, call for hours.

Cass County

  • Union Orchard - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, farm market
    2405 South Hwy 75, Union, NE 68455. Phone: (402) 263-4845. Open: Strawberries are a special treat of Spring. Click here for a map and directions.
    Union Orchard Facebook page. . We have a large patch which includes a "You-Pick" area. We will have lots of special foods and activities for our Strawberry Weekend. Be sure to browse our apple ripening section of our ripening calendar to find out when your favorites will be ripe for picking! In the Fall, our pumpkin patch is brimming with vine-ripening pumpkins and Heirloom Squash just ready for the picking! Whether you're looking for a great carving pumpkin, something to add some festive flair, or a tasty pumpkin for Grandma's famous recipe, you will find the perfect pumpkin here on the farm! Haunted Fall Fun: Join us at the orchard for a spooky new addition to the farm.

Lancaster County

  • Martin's Hillside Orchard - Raspberries, Strawberries, Apples and Peaches, concession stand (drinks, snacks and\\/or food), picnic area, corn maze, pumpkins brought in from the field, school tours
    2024 Ashland Rd, Ceresco, NE 68017. Phone: 402-665-2140. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards . . See their website for directions. Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: May 04, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on May 04, 2011: "They are a fairly small orchard with mainly apple and peach trees. They grow raspberries and strawberries seasonally and do have a limited amount of pumpkins in October. The owners are very nice and have a large garden area, a sand climbing hill, hay bale mound, corn maize, and tricycle track for the kids. (I'm sure they will be adding more and I could be forgetting something but we've had a good time with my family there both in May for Strawberries and late summer for Apples and Peaches! They were all AMAZING by the way!!"
  • Roca Berry Farm - apples, strawberries and raspberries
    RR 1 Box 1, Roca, NE . Phone: 402-421-2933. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily; call for latest picking conditions. Directions: Hwy 77 to Roca exit, E 2 mi, 3/4 mile S on 38th street. Roca Berry Farm is a 240-acre farm that raises strawberries, pumpkins, raspberries and gourds. The strawberry season typically runs from late May through June. Roca Berry Farm accepts Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons. (Footnote: For more information on the SFMNP contact Christin Kamm at (402) 471-6856.) See us on . Click here for a map and directions.
    Roca Berry Farm Facebook page. . Alternate phone: 402-421-2255. Email . Facebook."
    Comments from a visitor on August 12, 2011: "I have been a faithful patron of the for over five years. While looking for patches in Western Nebraska I noticed the description for RBF didn't truly capture this amazing farm. So I decided I should write a little bio for them and send it on to you. I hope you will find the information useful, and thanks for making this site! "Roca Berry Farm just south of Lincoln features the Harvest Barn where you can find pumpkins (pre-picked or from the field), gourds, squash, and Indian corn, as well as handmade crafts, jams, jellies, salsas, and honey. Inside the farm proper you can spend the day with your family enjoying a hay-rack ride out to the pumpkin patch, a life sized game of Candy Land, watching pig races, or taking a stroll in the corn maze. If all these activities rustle up your appetite grab a snack from one of the many delicious eateries, choose from The Pumpkin Cafe, The Roca Smoke House, Frankie's Funnel Cakes, or The Donut Hut. Whatever you do make sure you grab a bag of their wonderful kettle corn made fresh daily. At night the farm transforms into the Roca Scary Farm (recommended for teens and adults only) featuring a Haunted Hay-rack Ride, the Haunted Manor, and the Psych-O-Path, a terrifying 15 minute walk through haunted woods. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at the Harvest Barn, The Pumpkin Cafe, and The Donut Hut, no checks. Open daily from the last weekend of September until Halloween. "

Otoe County

  • Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure - apples, pumpkins, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    2611 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410. Phone: 402 873-8717. Email: [email protected]. Open: U - Pick Apples, daily, September 1 through November 1. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Alternate Phone: 402 873-8756. Fax: 401 873-5224. . Giant Corn Maze, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 12 to November 1, 2009; U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, open October 1 to November 1, 2009; Discovery Ride, open daily; Great Pumpkin Party, Saturday, October 24, 2009, from 1 pm to 6 pm. All proceeds support the tree-planting mission of the Arbor Day Foundation.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2009: "Found this farm through your website -- what a treasure. All the kids had fun from 15 to 2 years old! All day trip, very educational."
  • Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard - apples, blackberries, cherries, grapes, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, prepicked produce, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, school tours
    5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410. Phone: 402-873-5293. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 11am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. . . Wine tastings daily. Walking trails. They have a strawberry festival, too: June 6, 2009 from 9 am to 5 pm

Sarpy County

  • Trees, Shrubs & More, Inc. - apples, blackberries, pears, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    3803 Cornhusker Road, Bellevue, NE 68123. Phone: 402-291-9374. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 8 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Directions: Conveniently located at 38th and Cornhusker Road between Bellevue and Papillion. Located 3 miles north of Highway 370 and 2 and one quarter miles from Kennedy Freeway. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . . Please give us a call to see what is ready to pick; We also sell local honeys and honey products as well as Nebraska wines inside of our garden center and gift shop; We are open all year!. We also offer Asian Pears in our pick your own orchard.

Saunders County

  • Martin's Hillside Orchard - Apples, pumpkins, raspberries, strawberries, Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, Christmas wreaths and boughs, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, and prepicked produce
    2024 Ashland Road, Ceresco, NE 68017. Phone: 402-665-2140. Open: Call for hours! Payment: Cash, only. Directions: From Omaha: Take I-80 W towards Lincoln. Take the US-77/North 56th St exit (exit no. 405); Turn right onto US-77 N; Drive approx. 11 miles to Ashland Road. Left on Ashland Rd and follow signs for two miles. Orchard will be on your right. From Lincoln: From Highway 77 and Cornhusker Hwy: Take Hwy 77 N 15 miles to Ashland Road. Left on Ashland Rd and follow signs for two miles. Orchard will be on your right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . click here for a map to our farm. Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August, October. Christmas tree varieties:U-Choose and Cut varieties: White Pine. You Choose and We cut varieties: White Pine.

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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