By Lisa Payne-Naeger

It’s summer time in St. Louis and it’s also time to enjoy all the bountiful goodness of the fresh fruit grown here in the midwest. It has long been a standing tradition for many to enjoy fresh picked fruit at bar-b-ques and summertime meals throughout the growing season. Whether you pick your own or pick it up at farmer’s markets or local grocers, delicious fresh fruit will be enjoyed throughout the summer. 

Theis Farm And Greenhouses
4215 North Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63132
(314) 428-9878

Herbs, vegetables, eggs, wholesome, natural meats and yes, fruit, lots of it, are signature staples a Thies Farms. Delectable, sweet, plump, juicy fruit. With locations all over the St. Louis region, and a wide variety of fruit shopping choices, there is absolutely no reason to deprive yourself of summer’s bountiful fruit harvest. You can pick your own, or purchase it already picked. If you’re a strawberry lover, you’ll love what you’ll find at Thies. They work to provide the most healthy and nourishing produces and that includes a wide variety of fruits. Blackberries, raspberries and more are available for you to enjoy fresh or for making your own jams, jellies and pies. And for those who are not handy in the kitchen, Thies has those jams, jellies and pies already made and available for you to buy along with pints or bushels of fresh fruit. So, jump in the car and make your way to the nearest location to stock up on your favorite summertime fruits. Open daily.

Wind Ridge Farm
3511 Highway F
New Melle, MO 63314
(636) 828-5900

Wind Ridge Farm is just a short drive west to New Melle, and the fresh fruits you’ll find there are second to none. Most folks that know about Wind Ridge know that the picking there is the best you’ll find anywhere. But you can also purchase already picked fruit, too. Blackberry picking is a popular family event, but you can also find blueberries, apples and peaches there, as well. Sign up, on their website, to get notifications for picking times for your favorite fruits. Before you make your way to Wind Ridge Farm, check out their recipe page for great ideas for those treasures you bring home. You’ll be smiling from ear to ear after every visit, and you’ll want to visit often. 

Centennial Farms
199 Jackson St.
Augusta, MO 63332
(636) 288-4338

Maybe one of the best kept secrets of produce lovers is Centennial Farms, in Augusta. Since 1821 they have been growing some of the best produce in the region on 300 acres of prime farmland. Typically they open in June for the blueberry season. As July rolls around, the farm is abundant with blackberries and peaches. Look for apples and pumpkins in the fall. If you can’t make it to the farm, check out their delectable apple butter, sold in Dierburgs markets. The trip to August is worth the drive. You’ll not only get great seasonal fruits but also a lesson in history as they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They’re open on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August and daily September through October.

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Mills Apple Farm
11477 Pocahontas Road
Marine IL 62061
(618) 887-4732

For folks on the east side, and anyone who wants a short road trip to Marine, Illinois, there is a wonderful opportunity to experience great locally grown fruit at Mills Apple Farm. But don’t let the name fool you. There’s so much more there than apples. June starts the cherry season with plump and juicy jewels for purchase in the market. Peaches, of many varieties begin to ripen for picking in July through September. And, of course there are apples! Apple lovers can find something to love there anytime August through mid October. Mills was first homesteaded in 1818 and since that time they have farmed, in one form or another culminating in the fabulous orchards of today. Visit them and try their baked goods, and join them later for pumpkins and Christmas trees as well. 

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