Log Out | Member Center



Area orchards

  • Published Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 12:03 a.m.

Here are places that grow fruit for sale and, in some cases, let you pick it. Call ahead for availability and times to pick.

* Entz Orchard, 8604 S. Webb Road, Newton, 316-799-2515. Pick-your-own peaches in July and August and pick-your-own apples in August and September.

* Beck Orchard, 7620 S. Anderson Road, Newton, 316-282-2325. Pre-picked peaches and blackberries, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Take I-135 north of Wichita to Exit 25 (Whitewater) and go 1 mile west.

* Blackberry Heaven, 1870 S.W. Santa Fe Lake Road, Towanda, 316-541-2729. Pick-your-own blackberries (pre-picked also available) and jams. Open 8 a.m. to dark every day from mid-July through the first of September.

* Regier Farm & Orchard, 12249 N.W. Meadowlark Road, Whitewater, 316-799-2025. Pick-your-own apples, pears and peaches, as well as some pre-picked; also blackberries, and plums at the end of July (and pick-your-own cherries in June).

* Sargeant's Berry Farm, 9836 S. Hydraulic, Haysville, 316-788-1370. Pick-your-own and pre-picked peaches and blackberries, as well as cantaloupe, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and okra.

* Steffen Orchard, 1345 W. 90th Ave. North, Conway Springs, 620-456-2706. Pick-your-own peaches and pre-picked and pick-your-own apples.

* Triple R Orchard, 7570 N. 159th St., Benton, 316-992-4080. Pre-picked peaches and nectarines, available in Wichita farmers markets.

When the time is ripe

* Peaches. As a peach ripens, the part facing the sun gets a reddish blush and the part not exposed to the sun(ground color) turns from green to yellow. Look for the yellow ground color. Some varieties will have a slight green color to the background even when the peach is ready to pick. The peach will also have medium-soft flesh and will smell like a peach.

* Pears. Do not allow them to fully mature on the tree or they will have a gritty texture. Pick when fruit color changes from dark green to yellowish green, and when they develop a pear aroma and taste. They can be refrigerated after harvest, then removed a few at a time and allowed to ripen at room temperature.

— Annie Calovich

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com.

Search for a job


Top jobs