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Strawberry U-Pick Orchards in the Kansas City area of Missouri in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for strawberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have strawberries 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!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Clay County

  • Fun Farm - apples, pumpkins, strawberries, Other fruit or veg, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, jumping pillow, trike track, pedal kart track, mining for gems, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    650 N. Jefferson St, Kearney, MO 64060. Phone: (816) 628-0028. Email: Open: Strawberries: May 18 to June 15: Monday to Friday 8 am to 1 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 3 pm Sunflower Festival: September 7 and 8; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: Traveling on I-35 N, take exit 26 \(MO 92\). Take a right onto Mo 92 to Jefferson Street Turn Left on Jefferson Street Head North for 1.7 miles, Fun Farm will be on the left. Traveling on I-35 S, take exit 26 \(MO 92\). Take a left onto Mo 92 to Jefferson Street Turn Left on Jefferson Street Head North for 1.7 miles, Fun Farm will be on the left. Payment: Cash, only. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only.
    Fun Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (816) 935-7727. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Traveling on I-35 N, take exit 26 (MO 92). Take a right onto Mo 92 to Jefferson Street Turn Left on Jefferson Street Head North for 1.7 miles, will be on the left. Traveling on I-35 S, take exit 26 (MO 92). Take a left onto Mo 92 to Jefferson Street Turn Left on Jefferson Street Head North for 1.7 miles, will be on the left. (ADDED: May 13, 2019)

Jackson County

  • Benny's Berries - strawberries, school tours, group reservations
    729 Kenneth Road, Kansas City, MO 64145. Phone: 913-313-6273. Email: Open: Check our Facebook for updates; Will update daily when open; Opening late April. Directions: Directions on website and Facebook. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Benny's Berries Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Late April Picking season Starts! Just around the corner!. UPDATE FOR 2021: Our patch was part of a family farm and we recently sold the piece the patch was on. Farmer Kyle didn't want to not offer our amazing berries and family outing so this year so we still will have a u pick patch. However, this year it is in Wellsville Kansas. Starting next year (2020) we will be back near our old location, KC MO. We have a few options of land and will still be within a few miles of our original awesome location. We plan to be open mid-May and will continue to post updates. Unfortunately we will not have a patch open to the public for 2021 picking season. We would love to bring back near our original location in south KC (ADDED: March 23, 2017)

Johnson County

  • Buckeye Acres - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, blackberries, cherries, pumpkins, strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill fresh apple cider made on the premises, porta-potties, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food, face painting, pony rides, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    91 Ne 600 Rd, Warrensburg, MO 64093. Phone: (660) 747-7760. Email: Open: Hours vary greatly, depending on weather and berry availability; Please see our Facebook page for most up - to - date information. Directions: From Warrensburg: Travel north out of Warrensburg on 13 Highway. We are approximately 2 miles north of the round about. Turn right \(east\) on 600 Road and we are 1 mile down the gravel road. From I-70: Take exit 49 and head south on 13 Highway approximately 11 miles. Turn left \(east\) on 600 Road and we are 1 mile down the gravel road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Buckeye Acres Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (517) 214-0927. . From Warrensburg: Travel north out of Warrensburg on 13 Highway. We are approximately 2 miles north of the round about. Turn right (east) on 600 Road and we are 1 mile down the gravel road. From I-70: Take exit 49 and head south on 13 Highway approximately 11 miles. Turn left (east) on 600 Road and we are 1 mile down the gravel road. Our farm store is open year round; U-Pick seasons are generally: Strawberries: Mid-May through Mid-June Cherries: Mid-June Blackberries: Late June through July Pumpkin Patch: Late September through November 1;. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. (UPDATED: May 19, 2019)
    Comments from a visitor on July 02, 2016: "In addition to PYO, the owners of this farm used to sell their produce at the Warrensburg farmers market, but I cannot remember the name for the life of me! They have a giant sign of Woody Woodpecker out on 13 Hwy to tell drivers where to turn. My hubby and I went to pick berries there 3 years ago. The had the most WONDERFUL blackberries I've ever had. (and cheap too- $1.50 per pound) Can you put this out so MAYBE someone will answer and provide more details (hopefully their name, hours and phone number!). "

Lafayette County

  • John & Linda's Fruit and Berry Farm - apples, asparagus, beans, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, gooseberries, nectarines, onions, pears, peas, peaches, peppers, plums, raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, school tours
    2428 Texas Prairie Rd, Bates City, MO 64011. Phone: 816-690-6293. Email: Open: hours 7am to 7pm; 7 days a week; May 1 thru October 31. Directions: One mile north of Bates City exit, off of Interstate 70,call for more detail directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. John & Linda's Fruit and Berry Farm Alternate Phone: 816-694-1688. . call for harvest dates; asparagus is the first to start, May 15. please call ahead for availability. 2021 update: Asparagus in mid April, Strawberries in mid May, Blueberries and Gooseberries in late June, Blackberries in mid July, peaches in mid July, Apples and pears in late August. Vegetables usually start early June. (Please note these are estimates, weather can change picking dates.) (UPDATED: June 13, 2016)

Platte County

  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm - apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, onions, other berries, peppers, raspberries (red), raspberries (black), strawberries, tomatoes, U-pick and already picked
    8740 92 Highway, Platte City, MO 64079. Phone: 816-582-3398. Email: Open: Their website is gone, but they still have a well hidden Facebook page. Click here for a map and directions. Spanish Garden Berry Farm . Their website is gone, but they still have a (well hidden) Facebook page. (UPDATED: June 30, 2021 JBS)


Strawberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

strawberry pick-your-own field

In the U.S. strawberries typically peak during April in Florida and Texas, May in the deep South, and in early June in middle sections and later June in the far North and Canada. Keep in mind that 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 strawberries, producers depend on ideal spring weather conditions. 

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - strawberries 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 first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. strawberry picking bucket from Washington FarmsMost growers furnish picking containers designed for strawberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.

    strawberries, just picked from the fieldIf you use your own containers, remember that heaping strawberries 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 at right.
  4. Bring 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.Sttawberry bush with ripe strawberries, up close

Tips on How to Pick Strawberries

  1. Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.

  2. With the stem broken about one-half inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your to pick strawberries

  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries. 

  4. Carefully place - don't throw - the fruit into your containers. Repeat the picking process with both hands.

  5. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.

General Picking Tips

close-up of the rows in a strawberry patch at at PYO strawberry fieldWhether you pick strawberries from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be careful that your feet and knees do not damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row.
  2. Pick only the berries that are fully red. Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
  3. To help the farmers, also remove from the plants berries showing rot, sunburn, insect injury or other defects and place them between the rows behind you. If they are left in the plants, the rot will quickly spread to other berries.
  4. Berries to be used immediately may be picked any time, but if you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries picked during the heat of the day become soft, are easily bruised and will not keep well.
  5. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunshine 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. Strawberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three, 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.
  6. For interesting and fun strawberry facts and trivia from the California Strawberry Commission, click here!

When you get home

  1. DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries
  3. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the caps (green tops) off the others and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away) See this page about how to freeze strawberries.
  4. If you like the strawberries you picked, ask the farm what variety they planted, and not the weather conditions the week or two before. The flavor of a strawberry is affected by the variety, the weather and the degree of ripeness when picked.
  5. Now, get ready to make strawberry jam. It is VERY easy - especially with our free strawberry jam instructions - they're illustrated and easy.

Strawberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Strawberries

Strawberry Facts, Measurements and Tips

  • Picking the best strawberries: Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries DO NOT continue ripen after they are picked! In the photo, only the berry onstrawberries shown in different stages of ripeness the far right is completely ripe.
  • Strawberry festivals: Most areas that grow strawberries have a strawberry festival, at which you can taste all kinds of fresh strawberry foods, pies, jams, cakes - and most commonly, fresh strawberry shortcake.  To find out where and when there is one near you, see this page for a list of strawberry festivals, sorted by state!
  • Strawberries measurements: government agriculture websites tell us that
    1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is about the same as 1 liter and
    1 quart of fresh strawberries weighs 1 lbs to 1.25 lbs (or 450 to 600 g). Of course, the weight varies on variety and weather conditions. 
    1 quart is normally enough for 4 servings, although I'll admit my son can eat 1 pint by himself!
  • How much to pick? In general, 1 quart of fresh, whole, just-picked strawberries = approximately 3.5 cups hulled, whole berries. In other words, removing the caps/hulls and the occasional mushy berry means you lose 1/4 cup to 1/2 (it depends how much fruit you remove with the hull) or about 7 to 12% of every quart you pick.
  • One cup of strawberries contains only about 50 calories
  • U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought.  Consumer reports says store bought strawberries have so many pesticide and fungicide residues on they, that they don't recommend you eat them at all!
  • U-pick strawberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. 1 lbs of fresh strawberries is about 2/3 of a quart.
  • It takes about  10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart, if the berries are reasonably plentiful
  • The strawberry plant adapts to wide variety of soil conditions, but does not tolerate drought well, and the berries quickly rot if the weather is rainy. For this reason, the plants are usually grown on raised beds through plastic mulch!
  • Cultivation of strawberries began in Europe in the 1300's, but the berry only became very popular in the early 1900's in California.
  • Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as strawberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • 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.crowded parking at a Strawberry u-pick field
  • Want to grow your own strawberries?  Here's an article about how to: Strawberries are an Excellent Fruit for the Home Garden, HYG-1424-98!
  • See this page for many more fun and interesting strawberry facts, nutritional information and trivia

Other weird strawberry facts

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries were originally called strewberries because the fruit was 'strewn' amongst the leaves of the plant.
  • California is king of strawberry productions because: California produces 75 percent of the nation's strawberry crops; one billion pounds of strawberries each year.  If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times. Each acre of land in California in strawberry production produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries annually, with a total of 23,000 acres of strawberries planted in California each year.

More conversions

1 pint (2 cups)  of fresh whole strawberries

  • = about 8 oz (1/2 lb) of strawberries
  • = 2.25 cups of sliced strawberries
  • = 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • = 12-14 large strawberries

2 quarts of fresh strawberries are needed for a 9" pie

A 10 oz package of frozen berries is about the same as 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries


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