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11 Fruit Picking In Kelowna- Best Fruit Stands In 2024!

Looking for all the best fruit stands so you can go fruit picking in Kelowna with your loved ones?

Can you picture yourself picking apples and peaches on a beautiful hot summer day, with the serene backdrop of vineyards, mountains, and lakes? 

Yes? Then pack your bags and get ready to go fruit picking in Kelowna!

Here’s a happy family after a ‘fruitful’ day of fruit picking in Kelowna! 

Image from @kempforchards

Kelowna is one of three cities in the heavenly Okanagan Valley (often called the Napa Valley of Canada). 

There is a rumor that people who travel to Okanagan never return as they fall in love with the beautiful, serene forests, vineyards, and beaches.

fruit picking in kelowna

My brother admiring the beautiful hills of Okanagan Valley and contemplating life and existence.

With the gorgeous weather and scenic views, Fruit picking Kelowna is one of the most popular summer activities.

 If, you are a fruit-picking enthusiast like me, you love the idea of munching on some juicy, sun-kissed strawberries while sweating in the summer heat, then this article is for you! 

Keep reading as I tell you about all the best Kelowna U-pick farms and everything you need to know about fruit picking in Kelowna. 

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11  Best U-Pick Farms For Fruit Picking In Kelowna:

1. Arndt Orchards

    Highlight: Huge variety of cherries

2. Kempf Orchards

    Highlight: Popular U-pick cherries

3. Mike & Lizzy’s Cherry U-Pick

    Highlight: U-pick cherries

                  Beautiful lake views

4. Paynter’s Farm

    Highlight: U-pick apricots, peaches, plums, pears, apples

                      Coffee and 26 flavors of hard ice cream!

                      Fresh produce, BC-made fruit preserves, salsa, sauce, etc.

5. Rose Hill Orchard

   Highlight: U-pick cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, plums, grapes, apples

                      Farm animals and tranquil vibes

                      Outdoor café with delicious food and famous apple juice

                      Live music in the afternoons

6. Kuiper’s Farm

                      Gorgeous Okanagan Lake views!

    Highlight: U-pick apricots, peaches, plums, cherries

7. Twin Oaks Organic Orchard

    Highlight: U-pick apples, pears, peaches, plums, prunes, apricots, cherries

                      Farm animals

                      Beautiful Okanagan Lake views

                      Nuts and honey

8. Griffin Farms

    Highlight: U-pick cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apples, and raspberries.

9. Blind Rooster Berry Farm

    Highlight: U-pick haskaps, saskatoons, raspberries

10. K & J Peaches

    Highlight: U-pick raspberries

11. Summerland Strawberry Farm

    Highlight: U-pick strawberries, raspberries

                      Majestic views

So without further ado, let’s break down the 11 most popular U-Pick fruit farms in Kelowna so you can start planning your dream holiday!

 Read to the end for more helpful info and useful tips on fruit picking in Kelowna.

fruit picking in kelowna

What Fruit Is In Season Right Now In Kelowna?

Strawberries, cherries, blueberries are usually the first fruits ready to be harvested (end of June-early July).

 Apricots, peaches, and grapes are ready next, followed by plums, apples, and pears. Apples last the longest (Mid August-Late October).

Below is a table of the different fruits and their approximate harvest schedules. 

Make sure to call the Kelowna Visitor Center or the individual farms to check the seasonal availability ahead of time as the harvest differs every year.

Kelowna fruitsBlossom SeasonHarvest Season
ApplesEarly May – Late MayMid August – Late October
ApricotsEarly April – Late AprilMid July – Mid August
BerriesMid May – Mid AugustMid June – Early September
CherriesMid April – Early MayMid July – Early August
GrapesMid May – Mid JuneSeptember & October
PeachesMid April – Early MayJuly – Mid September
PearsLate April – Mid MayMid August – Late September
PlumsLate April – Mid MayMid August – Mid September

11 Best U-Pick Farms For Fruit Picking In Kelowna:

For U-Pick Cherries:

1. Arndt Orchards

Arndt Orchards has been meeting the high demands of cherry picking in Kelowna since 1946. 

The family-owned farm boasts an impressive variety of cherries. You can take your pick from 11 different types: Santina, Lapins, Stardusts, Skeenas, Sandra Rose, Sweethearts, and more!

The Santina cherries are the first cherries to be picked and the harvest season usually starts from the first week of July. Keep an eye on their website and the Arndt Orchards Facebook page to check for hours and availability as it changes every year.

If you are traveling in a large group, be sure to call ahead as they often have packages to offer.

Highlight: Huge variety of cherries

Location: 1555 Teasdale Rd KELOWNA

Hours: 7:00 AM- 1:00 PM daily (last pick one hour before closing) 

Contact: +1 250 – 765 – 9568 | Website | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

2. Kempf Orchards

Starting from 1966, Kempf Orchards has been setting the standard for Okanagan cherry picking for over 50 years. 

They also offer a wide variety of cherries, from late June to late August. 

You can buy a box/container for $1 (USD 0.74) or you can just bring your own.

The Kempf family is very welcoming and will make you feel right at home! 

You do not need to book ahead. But there is a maximum occupancy, so you might have to wait to be let in.

 They allow pets in a designated rest area, but not in the picking area.

Highlight: U-pick cherries

Admission Fee: $2 (USD 1.49)

Location: 1409 Teasdale Road Kelowna

Hours: 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM daily (last pick half hour before closing) 

Contact: +1 (250) 765-1797 | Website | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

3. Mike & Lizzy’s Cherry U-Pick

Mike & Lizzy’s is a very popular U-pick in Kelowna. With beautiful lake views, quality service, and a variety of 6 sweet, juicy cherries, it’s a perfect choice for a lovely afternoon!

Lapins, Lamberts, Vans, Skeenas, Bings, Rainiers- you can take your pick. The season usually starts in July and lasts about 3 weeks.

Highlight: U-pick cherries

                  Beautiful lake views

Location: 4801 Lakeshore Place, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Hours: 8:00 AM- 2:00 PM Daily (during harvest season)

Contact: +1 250-863-443 | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

For U-Pick Apples, Peaches, Apricots And More!:

Two cuties enjoying Paynter’s Farm’s ice cream after a hard day’s work. Image from @payntersfruitmarket

fruit picking in kelowna

4. Paynter’s Farm

If you search ‘peach U-pick Kelowna’, Paynter’s Farm might be at the top of the list. 

Having planted their first orchard in 1919 and with over a century’s worth of experience in farming, Paynter’s have made a name among Okanagan orchards. 

For their walk-in U-pick, they offer apricots, peaches, plums, and pears, starting in July-October. 

They are also a great option for u-pick apples in Kelowna. They also sell their own honey and wine. And did I mention they have 26 flavors of hard ice cream? 

Highlight: U-pick apricots, peaches, plums, pears, apples

                 Coffee and 26 flavors of hard ice cream!

                 Fresh produce, BC-made fruit preserves, salsa, sauce, etc.

Admission Fee: $3 (USD 2.23) including 1 branded bag. Free for kids under 14.

Pets: Must be leashed and outside the market

Location: 3687 Paynter Rd WEST KELOWNA

Hours: 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM daily during harvest season

Contact: +1 250-768-7313 | Website | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

fruit picking in kelowna

5. Rose Hill Orchard

Rose Hill Orchard in Lake Country is every bit as serene as it sounds. 

They have a 10-acre orchard with sheep, mini horses, chickens, and guinea fowl running around. What makes it complete is a beautiful pond with little ducks. 

They have U-pick cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, plums, and apples. 

They are also the place if you want to go grape picking in Kelowna. 

If that’s not enough, they have live music in the afternoons and they serve delicious apple juice, sandwiches and all kinds of baked goods!

Highlight: U-pick cherries, peaches, apricots, strawberries, plums, grapes and apples

                  Farm animals and tranquil vibes

                  Outdoor café with delicious food and famous apple juice

                  Live music in the afternoons

Location: 11911 Okanagan Centre Rd E V4V 1G3 Lake Country, BC

Hours: 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM Mon-Fri

Contact: +1 250-801-1273 | Website | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

Chill out by the mesmerizing Okanagan Lake after fruit picking at Kuiper’s Farm! Image from @kuipersfamilyfruitfarm

6. Kuiper’s Farm

In operation since 1920, Kuiper’s farm is famous for fruit picking in Kelowna and is also one of the oldest orchards in Kelowna. 

What makes Kuiper’s a must-visit are the gorgeous views of the Okanagan Lake. 

Kuiper’s Farm offers U-pick cherries, apricots, and plums from July to September. 

They also have some of the best U-pick peaches in Kelowna. They will provide you with a bag/flat to carry your fruit.

Highlight: U-pick apricots, peaches, plums, cherries

                 Gorgeous Okanagan Lake views!

Admission Fee: $3 (USD 2.23) including 1 bag. Free for kids under 10.

Location: 579 Barnaby Rd Kelowna, BC

Hours: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM Mon-Sat

Contact: +1 (250) 575-3308 | Website | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

7. Twin Oaks Organic Orchard

Twin Oaks is about 5 minutes from Kuiper’s and so also offers beautiful lake views. What’s more, they have majestic horses and other farm animals roaming about. It can be really exciting for kids.

They offer a variety of fruits for U-pick based on the season (apples, pears, peaches, cherries, apricots, plums, prunes). They also have their own nuts and honey for sale.

Highlight: U-pick apples, pears, peaches, plums, prunes, apricots, cherries

                  Farm animals

                  Beautiful Okanagan Lake views

                  Nuts and honey

Location: 559 Barnaby Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4N7, Canada

Hours: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Daily

Contact: +1 (250) 764-6228 | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

8. Griffin Farms

Located near Paynter’s Fruit Market, Griffin Farms has operated for over 100 years. They offer a variety of some of the best U-pick peaches in Kelowna: Harbrite Freestone, Glohaven, Crest Haven- YUM!! 

The peach season usually starts in July and continues throughout August. They also have U-pick cherries, Bartlett pears, a variety of plums and apples, and sometimes raspberries.

While you’re there, don’t forget to try out some of their delicious, fresh apple juice!

Highlight: U-pick cherries, peaches, pears, plums, apples, raspberries.

Location: 3344 Elliott Rd, West Kelowna

Hours: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM Mon-Sat (U-pick unavailable Mondays)

Contact: +1 250-768-3343 | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

fruit picking in kelowna

For Berries:

9. Blind Rooster Berry Farm

Among all the family-owned farms with a mammoth history, Blind Rooster Berry is quite new. However, they have been going strong ever since they started in 2012. They sell U-pick Saskatoons and Haskaps for $7-$10/lb (USD 5.17-USD 7.38)

They don’t allow pets and they accept cash, cheque, or e-transfers. And they ask that you bring your own bag for picking.

Highlight: U-pick haskaps, saskatoons, raspberries

Location: 3660 Anderson Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7V8

Hours: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM Daily (during harvest season)

Contact: +1 250-718-4373 | Website

Google Map Directions: Map

10. K & J Peaches

K & J Peaches are one of the most popular fruit stands in Kelowna and they’re famous for… you guessed it! Peaches! In addition to 10 varieties of peaches, they sell pears, apples, blueberries, and many more good things!

However, for U-pick, they only offer raspberries. The raspberry season usually starts in the first week of July and goes on for 3-4 weeks. They only accept cash and e-transfers.

Highlight: U-pick raspberries

Location: 1145 Morrison Rd (Must take McCurdy to Morrison Rd)

Hours: 7:00 AM- 5:00 PM Wed-Mon (during harvest season)

Contact: +1 250-765-8184 | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

11. Summerland Strawberry Farm

Summerland Strawberry Farm is about a 40-minute drive South of Downtown Kelowna. While it may be a bit of a drive, the beautiful, scenic route alone will make it worthwhile for you. 

The farm itself also offers majestic views and sweet succulent strawberries for U-pick at $2.75/lb (USD 2.04). The strawberry season usually lasts through June. They also offer U-pick raspberries!

They only accept cash and personal cheques.

Highlight: U-pick strawberries, raspberries

                  Majestic views

Location: 10002 Haddrell Avenue, Summerland

Hours: Variable (Check FB page or call ahead)

Contact: +1 250-494-7373 | Facebook

Google Map Directions: Map

FAQS on Fruit Picking In Kelowna:

1. Are Peaches Ready In Kelowna?

Usually, peaches become available in July right through until mid-September in Kelowna. However, extreme cold winters can seriously reduce the peach harvest. 

In that case, you might have better luck in the Southern Okanagan orchards which usually have a bit warmer climate.

2. What Month Is Cherry Picking In Kelowna?

Cherry picking in Kelowna starts from June to mid-July and usually goes on till August.

Before You Go Fruit Picking In Kelowna

1. If you have decided on a particular fruit, it might require some planning ahead. Keep an eye on the farm websites and Facebook pages for the harvest schedule and which fruits will be available for U-pick in the season ahead of time.

2. Fruit availability and picking times can vary greatly depending on the season and staff schedule. Always call the farm to confirm the hours and what fruit will be available on the day of.

3. The admission fee in most farms is ~$3 (USD 2.23). You pay for the fruit you pick by the pound ranging from $2-$10 (USD 1.48-USD 7.38) depending on the fruit. So be wary of how much fruit you are putting in your basket. The fruit you eat while picking is free!

4. It can get VERY hot, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you won’t mind getting dirt on. It is also a good idea to start picking early in the morning or later during the day to beat the heat.

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5. It’s good to bring your own fruit-carrying bag/container. Also, remember to bring water and snacks/lunch!

6. Some farms only accept cash and personal cheques, so come prepared.

7. Not all farms allow pets, so make sure to check ahead. You don’t want to leave your dog in the car in the summer heat.

8. Strawberries with white/yellow tips are not ready. (Look for shiny, bright red ones!) But each fruit is different. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about fruit-picking techniques and how to tell ripe fruit from unripe ones. 

9. Take lots of pictures in the gorgeous scenery, have fun, and eat freshly picked fruit to your heart’s content!

Kelowna is a beautiful place with the most scenic spots and offers a multitude of activities for travelers of all types and ages. Fruit picking in Kelowna is one of the most appealing activities there as it can be very fun and engaging.

If you are planning a trip to Kelowna, you have to go fruit picking to complete the experience. So, now that you know all about fruit picking in Kelowna, why wait? Pack your bags, and get going. I’ll see you there!

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