Apple Orchards and Picking Apples in Des Moines


With a different pace and schedule this fall, apple picking is a great way to spend time with the family and the perfect fall activity kids can enjoy this year in Des Moines.

Whether you want to fill a bushel of apples you pick yourself or prefer to buy apples someone else picked, Des Moines and Central Iowa have plenty of apple orchards to choose from. It’s time to start picking!

Looking for pumpkins? Check out our pumpkin patch guide

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Apple Picking in Des Moines

Berry Patch Farm

62785 280th Street, Nevada
Open: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Check the website for which apple varieties are ready to be picked


  • Gala, Ruby Jon, Mollies Delicious, Honeycrisp, Earligold, and Red Free apples to pick
  • Aronia Berries and Raspeberries available to pick
  • Pick your own and pre-picked
  • The restaurant will NOT be open this season.

Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge

Open: Every day 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Check the website for which apple varieties are ready to be picked


  • 20-acre orchard with 34 apple varieties
  • Free hayride to orchard
  • U-pick apples and pumpkins or purchase in the Country Store
  • All areas are open except the corn pool and apple slingshot
  • Admission is $11.95 Monday-Thursday and $15.95 Friday-Sunday

Hinegardner Orchard

1348 295th Street, Montour

Open: Monday – Friday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Apple Picking Days
September 26 and 27, and October 3 and 4 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Pick your own apples
  • Cider Day in October

Iowa Orchard

13140 NW 102nd Avenue in Granger on the South side of Highway 141

Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weather permitting until mid-October
Check their Facebook page for availability


  • 14 varieties of apples including Honeycrisp, Gala, and Jonagold
  • pick by the peck or bushel

Storybook Orchard

12832 Royal Orchard Dr., Story City, IA 50248

Open: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Varieties available: Honeycrisp, Fuji, Braeburn, Gala, Jonagold, Jonadel, Jonathan, Cortland, and Zestar, as well as others
  • U-picked and pre-picked apples

Upstream Gardens & Orchard

5987 NE 88th Street, Altoona

Open: Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Free


  • Natural Growing Practices
  • U-pick Apples and Pre-Picked Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Honey from Hives on the Farm
  • Cider Mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises)

Wills Family Orchard

33130 Panther Creek Road, Adel

Open: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Follow their Facebook page for details on which apples are ripe

2020 Apple & Pumpkin Fest Weekends – Saturdays 9 am – 6 pm; Sundays Noon – 6 pm.
September 19 & 20
September 26 & 27
October 3 & 4
October 10 & 11
October 17 & 18
October 24 & 25


  • Organic apples in 12 varieties
  • Apple cider donuts
  • Pre-picked apples
  • Pick-your-own apples

Do you go apple picking in Des Moines? What’s your favorite apple orchard? 


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