Apple Orchards and Picking Apples in Des Moines


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You know it’s fall when it’s time to go apple picking 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!

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Apple Picking in Des Moines

Berry Patch Farm

62785 280th Street, Nevada
Open: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 7:30 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 apples to pick
  • free hayride
  • U-pick apples or picked for you
  • baked goods

Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge

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

Hinegardner Orchard

1348 295th Street, Montour 

Weekdays: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Weekends: 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 October 21
Check their Facebook page for availability


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

Upstream Gardens & Orchard

5987 NE 88th Street, Altoona
Open: Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free


  • natural growing practices
  • U-pick apples and already picked
  • 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


  • 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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