If you haven’t noticed, Kansas City is happening.
This month, Vogue called Kansas City one of the ‘flyover cities’ worth “landing and lingering in.”
That’s why I’m doing this blog series; to share the hidden gems, the local favorites and the places you have to check out in Kansas City. (Check out last month’s favorite Kansas City things.)
Here’s what I’ve been exploring this month.
Cider Hill Family Orchard
Kick off fall by going apple picking at a local orchard. This year, I went apple picking for the first time ever and I can’t believe I haven’t done it before.
Cider Hill Family Orchard in Kansas City, Kan., covers 38 acres and has 1500 apple trees with 18 different kinds of apples. Wander through the groves and fill up a peck, half bushel or bushel full of apples.
If you’re hungry, there’s no shortage of apple cider treats. Grab some apple cider donuts, an apple cider slushie, or go the traditional route and ask for a cup of cold pressed apple cider.
There’s also a hay wagon ride and pumpkin patch for the kiddos.
The U-Pick apples are available as long as there are still apples on the trees. In October, opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
City Market Farmers Market
If you’re looking for warty pumpkins, fairy tale pumpkins or just all-around different pumpkins, City Market is the place to go.
On the weekends, many of the farmers offer a variety of pumpkins in their stalls. Or, stop by the “pumpkin patch” in front of the Steamboat Arabia on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Juhl Greenhouse and Truck Farm, a local farm, hosts the pumpkin patch every year.
You’ll be able to find all kinds of pumpkins, gourds and winter squash for decorating, carving or eating.
City Market Coffee Roasters
While you’re at City Market, stop by my favorite coffee shop in the city, City Market Coffee Roasters.
This local coffee shop roasts its own coffee beans, which are Fair Trade and organic.
And, if you’re craving a fall-themed drink, City Market Coffee Roasters has you covered. Ask for a pumpkin latte or a cinnamon cardamom latte made with homemade cinnamon cardamom syrup.
The coffee shop also just put in a new deck overlooking City Market Park. It’s a relaxing spot to enjoy the crisp fall air.