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Where to Pick Apples Around Springfield

These local southwest Missouri orchards offer pick-your-own apples and more throughout the fall season in the Ozarks.

By Katie Pollock Estes

Sep 2023

Basket of apples
Photo by Vivian WheelerGrab some of your fall favorites at one of southwest Missouri’s local orchards. Red Delicious, Fuji or Granny Smith?

Sunshine Valley Farm

8125 E. Highway AD, Rogersville
This is usually one of our favorite places to pick apples, but due to weather they aren’t able to offer you-pick in 2023. Don’t fret, though! You can still visit their farmstand for fresh apples and other fresh local goodies. Follow them on Facebook for updates on what is available.

Murphy Orchard

255 N. Highway 60, Marionville
They offer a wide variety of, from favorites like Jonathan to more uncommon offerings like the long-storing Arkansas Black. You-pick is only offered in September, but the farmstand sells apples and other items all season long, like pumpkins and fall grapes.

Gardener’s Orchard & Bakery

4455 W. Farm Road 2, Brighton
This is one of those places that’s hopping all through fall. You can head there to pick apples in September and October and fill your pantry with fresh fruit. Or, you can go to visit a sunflower field, to explore a pumpkin patch, to pick your own zinnia bouquet, to get lost in a corn maze and to run around in a whole field full of fun stuff for kids to do. Don’t miss the apple cider donuts and cider slushes when you need a snack

Purple Gate Farm

416 Poplar Dr., Highlandville
This little farm located in Highlandville raises several free-range animals and grows a ton of herbs—alongside an orchard filled with apples, of course. You can stop by to pick your own from a handful of varieties. The farm also produces a ton of other stuff, like lotion bars and duck, quail and chicken eggs that you can find at Well N Good Health Market in Nixa.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks

2144 E. Republic Road, Springfield
If you can’t make it out to a farmstand or to pick your own apples (or just want something a little more convenient and one-stop-shop-ish), try a weekend visit to Farmers Market of the Ozarks. The market stocks locally grown apples from several nearby farms, such as Sunshine Valley and Murphy Orchard (mentioned above), and A&A Orchard based in northwest Arkansas.

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