2024 Topeka and Northeastern Kansas Plum U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Plum U-Pick Orchards in Topeka and Northeastern Kansas in 2024, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for plums that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have plums 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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Grimm's Gardens - blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches, apricots, raspberries, persimmons, aronia, chesnuts, plums, elderberries, Honey from hives on the farm, prepicked produce, restrooms 2991 Goldfinch Road, Hiawatha, KS 66434. Phone: 785-459-2586. Email: email@example.com. Open: dawn to dusk on picking days; Normal hours are Monday to Friday 8 to 6 and Saturday 8 to 4. Directions: 4 miles west of Hiawatha on highway 36 and 6.5 miles north on Goldfinch Rd. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Fax:. . Crops are usually available in July, August, September. Opening blueberry patch July 4 Thursday, raspberries are ready also; Always call ahead for specifics. Comments from a visitor on June 29, 2011: "My 3 year old and I went to Grimm's Garden near Hiawatha KS on Monday. It was everything the website said it would be and more. The staff was friendly and helpful, even looking up questions that they did not know the answer too. Raspberry picking was awesome and a quick relax in a shaded hammock was well earned. I was very excited to find a HUGE assortment of water plants for the pond I am building. " Comments from a visitor on July 22, 2008: "My husband and I visited this morning and picked 30lbs of blueberries. They're beautiful, a lot of them are the size of grapes. This farm is really something to see. I will be returning many times I'm sure. They have peaches, raspberries, black raspberries, apples and wonderful flowers and landscaping. The best I've seen."
Fieldstone Orchard and Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, asparagus, blackberries, cherries, grapes, other berries, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), rhubarb, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), gift shop, porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours, group reservations 7049 East 149th Street, Overbrook, KS 66524. Phone: 785-665-7643. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Topeka: south on highway 75, east on highway 56, 2 miles past Overbrook north on Stubbs Road, west on 149th Street. From Lawrence: south on highway 59, west on highway 56, 13 miles, north on Stubbs Road, west on 149th Street. From Kansas City: south on Interstate highway 35 to exit 202. Drive through Edgerton, north to highway 56, west on highway 56 past 59 highway 13 miles to Stubbs Road, north 1 mile, west on 149th Str eet. First driveway south, park in paddock by Sale Barn. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, SFMNP Vouchers. Fieldstone Orchard and Farm Facebook page. . Fax:. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Please check website for specific dates as each year has been different; These dates are approximations: Asparagus: April 15 to May 15; Cherries (sour and sweet) June; Blackberries: July to August; Raspberries: July to first frost; Summer apples: July; plums: July to August; 38 varieites of apples including heirloom begin August to November 15; 5 varieties of Asian Pears begin September 1 to October; concord and wine grapes 3rd week in September or so;. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Chemical free orchard and farm us ing organic foods, products, herbs to feed the crops and trees to create nutrient dense foods and balance the ecosystem including beneficial bugs for pest control. We are using Beyond Organic practices. All produce is planted from organic and/or heirloom seed and grown organically. No pesticides, herbicides or chemicals are used on our property. Contact us for information about the Kaw Valley Farm Tour the First Full weekend of October and other events we may have throughout the year. .
Plum Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
the U.S., Plums typically peak during July for Sugar Plums; August for Blue, Yellow and Red Plums. In order to produce good local
depend on ideal spring and early summer weather conditions, and no late frosts.
If you are looking for a plum
festival, see this page.
Before you leave to go to the farm:
Always call before you go to the farm - Plums are affected by weather
(both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are
in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Some growers furnish picking containers designed for plums, 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 Plums more than 14
inches deep will bruise the fruit on the bottom.
Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large
pots make good containers.
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.
You might want to ask whether the plums are! There are two major types of
plums: "Freestone" and. "Clingstone". Freestone plums
have flesh that slips easily away from the pit. Clingstones are a REAL pain,
because the fruit tenaciously clings to the stone or pit! Most plum
varieties grown today are freestone and are usually available (depending
upon your location) from June through September. Some nectarines are
freestone and some are clingstone. Freestone nectarines are available in
June and July. Most plum varieties are clingstone.
Tips on How to Pick Plums
plum is softer than most fruit, so it is important to pick a plum gently, with
little pressure. Using the sides of your fingers rather your fingertips helps to
avoid bruising. Grab the plum firmly and pull it straight off the branch.
DON'T drop the plum into the basket, but set it in gently!
2019 Orchard Plum Pricing:
Average price is
How to tell if the plums are ripe!
Attached to the tree: Plums are best picked when the fruit
separates easily from the twigs. If it is hard to pull off the tree, it
isn't ripe! Plums will not ripen further once removed from the tree (they
Color: Green is definitely unripe, but you can't use red color as
an indicator of how ripe a plum is. Different plum varieties have
differing colors, darker is usually better in any variety. Pick them when the
ground color changes from green to yellow, orange, red or even blue or
purple (or a combination).
Softness: unless you
like your plums very firm, pick your plums with just a little "give"
when gently pressed. Plums at this stage are great for eating, freezing,
and baking. Plums won't ripen very much after picking!
Odor: It should smell sweet and ripe!
Larger plums are riper.
Sugar plums grow in clusters, so carefully select the plum you
want out of the cluster.
Place them gently in a shallow wide container, no more than
8-inches deep, to avoid
crushing the fruit.
Marks on the Plums: Bugs (particularly squash bugs and stink bugs)
bite fruit during development and this results in some imperfections in the
plum. This is especially the case with organically raised fruit. These
look like dents in the plums if the plums were bitten by a bug when they
were young. This causes a spot that does not grow properly and makes a wrinkle
in the plum. There's nothing wrong with these plums. They may look funny, but
they will taste just as good as blemish-free plums, and it's better not to
have the pesticides!
When you get home
Spread the fruit out on towels or newspapers and separate any mushy or
damaged fruit to use immediately.
Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the others and
freeze them up!
Even under ideal conditions plums will only keep for a week in a
refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible
It's best to remove plum pits before you cook the plums. Cherry, plum,
and apricot pits also contain amygdalin; the latter two, in potentially harmful
amounts. Fortunately, plum and apricot pits are sufficiently large and hard
that few people intentionally swallow or chew them. (The unapproved anti-cancer
Laetrile is a semisynthetic derivative of amygdalin; a cheaper version of
laetrile produced in Mexico came from crushed apricot pits.)
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plums are virtually fat free. A medium size plum contains less than
one gram of fat.
plums are naturally sodium free.
plums have no cholesterol.
plums are a low calorie snack. A medium size plum contains only 40
plums contain vitamin A which helps us see in dim light.
plums are considered a good source of fiber. The skin of a plum
provides both roughage and fiber.
Temporary Storage Tips
Ripe plums have a creamy or golden undertone and "plumy-sweet"
Plums should be refrigerated and used within a few days.
Putting plums in a loosely closed paper bag at room
temperature for a day or two can help soften firm fruit - but they won't
become sweeter or ripen further - that stopped when they were removed from
For best flavor, allow the fruit to ripen fully on the tree.
Store at 33�F to 40�F and high humidity (a vegetable drawer in the