2024 Wichita Area of Kansas Blackberry U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Blackberry U-Pick Orchards in Wichita Area of Kansas in 2024, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blackberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blackberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
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! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!
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Blackberry Heaven - blackberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (black), U-pick and already picked, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area 1870 SW Santa Fe Lake Road, Towanda, KS 67144. Phone: (316) 541-2729. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to dark during picking season. Directions: From Wichita: Travel east on Kansas Highway 254, turn north on Tawakoni Road and make an immediate right on the dirt access road. Continue on to Santa Fe Lake Road. Blackberry Heaven will be on the left. From El Dorado: Travel west on Kansas Highway 254, turn north on Adams Road and make an immediate left on the dirt access road. Continue on to Santa Fe Lake Road. Blackberry Heaven will be on the right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Blackberry Heaven . Blackberries and Raspberries: mid July to mid August; Sweet Corn: July - August. We also have freshly picked sweet corn and home made JAMS!. (UPDATED: May 21, 2015, JBS)
Sweet Berries and Brambles - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, strawberries, U-pick and already picked 309 Ne 120 Road, Harper, KS 67058. Phone: 620-955-7373. Open: hours, days and dates. Directions: From Wichita travel south west on highway 42 to highway 2 \(Harper\). Once on highway 2 drive approximately 15 miles to North East 30 Avenue. Turn north and drive 1 mile to north east 120 road. Follow signs. From Harper Kansas. Follow highway 2 towards Wichita. Drive approximately 2 miles north east to north east 30 avenue. Follow signs. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Sweet Berries and Brambles Facebook page. . Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 12pm and 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm; Closed on Sunday's; May 1 to August 1. Click here for current open From Wichita travel south west on highway 42 to highway 2 (Harper). Once on highway 2 drive approximately 15 miles to North East 30 Avenue. Turn north and drive 1 mile to north east 120 road. Follow signs. From Harper Kansas. Follow highway 2 towards Wichita. Drive approximately 2 miles north east to north east 30 avenue. Follow signs. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. (UPDATED: April 05, 2016)
Tenth Street Orchard - blackberries, strawberries, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals, school tours 510 W Washington, Sterling, KS 67579. Phone: 620-381-6702. Email: email@example.com. Open: See our website for current hours. Directions: From K-96Broadway in Sterling, turn west on Washington and continue west to the intersection of 10th Street and Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Tenth Street Orchard Facebook page. . . From K-96/Broadway in Sterling, turn west on Washington and continue west to the intersection of 10th Street and Washington. Strawberry season is typically May - early June; Blackberries: July;.
Elderslie Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blackberries, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations, events at your location (call for info) 3501 East 101st Street North, Kechi, KS 67147. Phone: (316) 226-8862. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Please check the website for updated You - Pick information. Directions: Exit 19 on I-135 then head east on 101st Street for 1.25 miles. We are on the south side of the street. Blackberry harvest at Elderslie typically begins around the last week of June and lasts for about four to five weeks depending on the weather;. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Elderslie Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (316) 226-9686. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. You-Picks are by reservation only. Also available at Elderslie: Bramble Cafe for breakfast (and lunch during the blackberry season); Creamery Shop (artisan goat and cow cheeses and ice cream plus accompaniments); Elderslie Restaurant (cheese and charcuterie, soup/salad on the patio or multi-course prix fixe dinners in the dining rooms); 'Meet the Kids' events (bottle-feed or snuggle our baby goats). Check the website for the most current hours and information, including menus and reservations. (UPDATED: May 02, 2021) Comments from a visitor on May 17, 2012: "LOVE IT
Sargeant's Berry Farm - blackberries, cherries, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, and prepicked produce 9836 S Hydraulic, Haysville, KS 67060. Phone: 316-7881370. Open: Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm closed Sunday. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Crops are usually available in May, June, July, August. We are open from the middle of May to the end of August.
Blackberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
the U.S. Blackberries typically peak during June in the South, and in July in
the North. Crops are ready at various times of the month depending on which part
of the state you are located. In order to produce good local Blackberries,
producers depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions.
See this page for a list of
blackberry festivals around the U.S.
Before you leave to go to the farm:
Always call before you go to the farm - And when they are in season, a large
turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Most growers furnish picking containers designed for Blackberries, but they
may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping Blackberries more than
5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries.
Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large
pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one
something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up
a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs
usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it
has been rainy.
Tips on How to Pick Blackberries
There are two types of blackberries to know about: thorny and thornless!
Obviously, the thornless are easier to pick, but some people claim the
thorny varieties are sweeter. With the thorny plants, you want to reach into
the plant in the gaps, so you don't need to touch anything but the berry
you're after, avoiding the thorns.
A ripe blackberry is deep black with a
plump, full feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug.
If the berry is red or purple, it's not ripe yet.
operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries.Unlike
strawberries, blackberries are usually pretty tough, I dump mine into the
bucket. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
your containers or try to pack the berries down.
General Picking Tips
Whether you pick Blackberries from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here
are a few tips to keep in mind:
Pick only the berries that are fully black. Reach in between the stems to
grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the
plant and you will find loads of berries that other people missed!
Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary.
It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car
trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking.
Blackberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week,
depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in
storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and
tends to shrivel.
When you get home
wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them. Washing
makes them more prone to spoiling.
Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting
Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash off the others, drain
them and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away)
Blackberries are less perishable than blueberries or strawberries, but
refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking. Temperatures between 34
F and 38 F are best, but, be careful not to freeze the blackberries (while
they are in the fridge)!
Even under ideal conditions blackberries will only keep for a week in a
refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible
Blackberry tea was said to be a cure for dysentery during the Civil War.
During outbreaks of dysentery, temporary truces were declared to allow both
Union and Confederate soldiers to "go blackberrying" to forgage for
blackberries to ward off the disease.
Blackberries were enjoyed by the ancient Greeks, who believed them to be
a cure for diseases of the mouth and throat, as well as a preventative
against many ailments, including gout.
The blackberry leaf was also used as an early hair dye, having been
recommended by Culpeper, the English herbalist, to be boiled in a lye
solution in order to "maketh the hair black".
Researchers have known for quite some time that berries contain
antioxidants which help to fight cancer causing free radicals. A study at
the University of Ohio has found that blackberries are the most potent
cancer fighting berries of them all, by nearly 40 percent!
U-pick Blackberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart
equals 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh berries.
Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as Blackberries quickly
mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the
You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just
wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much
air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this!
The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.