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Apple And Pumpkin U-Pick Orchards in Boise and Southwestern Idaho in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples and pumpkins that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples and pumpkins orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Ada County

  • Cabalo's Orchard and Gardens - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, pumpkins, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Honey from hives on the farm, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, porta-potties are available, school tours
    2087 W. King Rd, Kuna, ID 83634. Phone: 208 922-3301. Email: [email protected]. Open: Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 Sunday 12:00 am to 6:00. Directions: From Falcon Crest Charter School on Ten Mile Road Go south one mile to King Road Then right on King Road one tenth of a mile, first farm on left. Sign Posted. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Cabalo's Orchard and Gardens Facebook page. . . We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Cabalo's Orchard is a family run orchard owned and operated by Chan and Cathy Cabalo, with help from our children, grandchildren and other family and friends. On our ten acres we raise pesticide free tree fruit and vegetables. Our fruit is tree ripened so you get it when it is at its best. AND YES we are conventional pesticide free, that is, we use only natural farming practices of fertilization and insect control. We are a seasonal business that opens when the produce is ready in the late spring or early summer and continues throughout the end of our Pumpkin Patch in October. We are open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or anytime by appointment. Many of our customers like to u-pick. We offer a limited selection of our produce for u-pick. At this time we offer blackberries, apples and pumpkins. We also have freshly picked peaches, pears, plums, prunes, apricots, sweet cherries and some summer vegetables that are pre-picked and available at our farm stand during their appropriate seasons. We also offer apple wood for your smokers. For a more detailed listing check out our web site or become a fan on our Facebook page. Our produce is all naturally grown without the use of conventional pesticides. (UPDATED: May 24, 2016, JBS)

Canyon County

  • Cherry Hill Farms - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, beans, pie or tart cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, hot peppers, sweet peppers, carving pumpkins, pie pumpkins, summer squash, paste or Roma tomatoes, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other vegetables, sunflowers, zinnias, flowers, herbs or spices, events at your location (call for info)
    15228 Chicken Dinner Rd, Caldwell, ID 83605. Phone: (385) 375-7477. Email: [email protected]. Open: From the end of July to the end of October. Directions: Go to the crossroads of Chicken Dinner Road and Apricot Road Follow the signs to the fruit stand. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Cherry Hill Farms Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. (UPDATED: June 06, 2022) (ADDED: September 12, 2020)

Gem County

  • Tyler's Rocky Point Orchard - Blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, apples (Red and Golden Delicious).
    145 E. South Slope Road, Emmett, ID 83617. Phone: (208) 365-6160. Email: [email protected]. Open: Mid June- October 31, every day from 9am-1pm, then again from 6-8pm. Click here for a map and directions. . . In June and early July, we have Apricots, Pluots and lots of Cherries avaiable to pick. Peaches come next, Apples in the Fall. Please bring a ladder if you have one. We are closed on July 4th. 2018 prices are Cherries $2lb, Apricots and Pluots $1.50lb. (UPDATED: July 17, 2018, JBS)

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

Pumpkin recipes

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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2020 version of
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