- Don't forget to wear or bring closed toed shoes in case you need to use a ladder- Dress for the weather, U-pick is open rain or shine
- You'll be sharing the farm with pollinating bees, make sure to prepare in case of a sting.
When you arrive at the farm, follow signs to the specially designated Pick-Your-Own (PYO) or U-pick fruit station (Red Tent). Unless otherwise noted, there is no need to stop at the market first.
Where to Pick
We will show you where to pick, give you the appropriate container, have you read and sign a waiver and offer some helpful hints, tips and etiquette. When you are finished picking, come back to the station to check out and obtain a box from one of the employee's. They will have you take the box into the fruit stand to pay. PYO fruit is measured by the bucket only, depending on what type of fruit is in season, the amount and price will vary...whether it's 2lbs or 20lbs, there is a minimum charge for buckets. You can always call ahead of time for pricing or ask the employee's at the pick your own tent to clarify, we're always willing to help.
The Pick-Your-Own Experience
Pick-your-own fruit at Draper Girls Farm is relaxing and kid-friendly, a chance to enjoy nature and pick sumptuous fruit. All of our apple and peach trees are dwarf trees, so most fruit will be within easy reach. We also close off rows that are not yet ripe, directing you to sections where you’ll find the best picking. We also mow and weed grassy areas to give you easy access to fruit. Cherry trees are not dwarf trees and may require some ladder picking. Please take a look the ladder safety video to help you during your you pick experience. If after watching the video you plan to use a ladder, please note that you will be given a release of liability form to fill out upon arriving.
What the heck do I do with 20 pounds of fruit? Since you are picking fresh fruit from the tree, you can store these in your refrigerator up to two months and they will stay fresh, unlike the ones you buy in the store. You can eat for snacks, send in the kids' lunches, make butters, jams, jellies or our favorite, apple sauce, pies or crisps, yummy! With 5 lbs of cherries and peaches you can put in your refrigerator up to three weeks. You can eat fresh, make milkshakes, crisps, cobblers, have over pancakes and waffles, eat with ice cream, put in cocktail drinks, there are endless things you can do with a mere 5 lbs of fruit. It always seems like a lot, but when you start cooking or baking it goes fast. :-)
*PYO is subject to close without notice, please check our website or our FB page for current updates. You can also call the fruit stand before you come.