Several traditional families own and operate orchards surround Kansas City. Bring your kids and your camera, u-pick orchards are a family tradition in the Kansas City Area.
Kids learn where their food comes from, and they love to pick their very own fruit. Call the orchard and check the hours before you make the drive.
Alldredge Orchards – Pick your own apples, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, visit with the animals, and play at spacious playground. Indulge in a tasty treat, or take home a homemade apple pie from the bakery. Be sure to visit the century-old barn, filled with apples, pumpkins, charming giftware, huge mums, candles, honey, and all the delights of the season.
Details - Alldredge Orchards 816.330.3448, 10455 Highway N, Platte City, MO;
Schweizer Orchards – one of the largest u-pick apple orchards in the area. Schweizer Orchards visitors come from Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas on annual apple picking trips. This orchard grows Jonathan, Jonagold, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji, Honey Crisp and Winesap apples.
Details – Schweizer Orchards 816. 232.3999; S Hwy 169 & FF, St Joseph, MO;
Wagon Wheel Orchard – The Wagon Wheel Orchard grows 133 varieties of apples. The Wagon Wheel is open to visitors for picking on weekends. Call ahead for the picking report!
Details – Wagon Wheel Orchard 913.893.6050; 15380 Edgerton Rd, Gardner, KS;
Weston Red Barn Farm – This working farm is a trip to the country for city kids! The Weston Red Barn Farm is one of the largest area farms with fruit available for picking daily. As well as picking apples, children love to visit the sheep, ponies, chickens, geese and pigs at the farm.
Details - Weston Red Barn Farm 816.386.5437; 16300 Wilkerson Rd; Weston, MO
Apple varieties you are likely to see at local orchards:
- Golden Delicious – golden to light yellow-green, keeps its shape and flavor during baking.
- Gala – crisp, yellowish-white, sweet flesh with red or golden skin with red striping
- Fuji – super sweet, super juicy, super crisp, great for snacking
- Granny Smith – green, crisp, great for salads and fresh eating
- Gold Rush – golden, bronze apple with a sweet flavor, great for fresh eating.
Where to stay
For Families – Comfort Inn Airport, 800-332-0512. OR (816)858-5430, 1201 Hwy 92 Platte City, Missouri 64079
Highlights: airport shuttle, breakfast included, pool, in-room refrigerator, microwave.
For Two – Laurel Brooke Farm Bed & Breakfast
Sleep in a Barn! (816) 640-2525, 22520 Highway M, Weston, Missouri 64098
Highlights: Laurel Brooke Bed & Breakfast is a peaceful, country getaway surrounded by a fruit orchard, pecan grove and a vineyard.
Where to Eat
Weston Cafe 407 Main Street,
Weston, Missouri 64098
Family owned business offering daily lunch specials, our food is homemade like “Moms”.
Note: I have never stayed at this B&B or eaten at the Weston Cafe. If you have some memories to share of your fruit picking or recommendations for good eats or a place to stay, please leave a comment below.
For More Information:
Platte County Visitors Bureau
11724 NW Plaza Circle, #200
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
Phone: (816) 270-3979
Toll-Free: (888) 858-3386
Featured Photo by: Platte County CVB