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U-Pick Apple Orchards to Visit This Fall

For many of us, autumn has become synonymous with apple picking. And, why not? U-pick apple orchards are just a stones throw away giving us the excuse to show our kids where their food comes from and allowing us to try our hand at making that apple pie we so crave. Here are five u-pick apple orchards to fulfill your apple craving this fall.

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards
Bearing fruit since 1911, this large, old-fashioned orchard specifically grows its trees to make them easy to pick without ladders — making it simple for tots to get in on the action. They provide wagons, boxes and bags to pickers, and the breathtaking views of Mt. Hood as well as their play area for children make this a favorite farm for the whole family. Kiyokawa offers a yummy selection of apple varieties so be sure to check the ready dates to find out when your favorites are available for u-pick. Check out their Honeycrisp Harvest, October 5 and 6, where you can enjoy Honeycrisp caramel apples, applesauce and baked apple treats as well as have a picnic, tour the orchard and take a hay wagon ride.

Kiyokawa Family Orchards
8129 Clear Creek Road
Parkdale, Or


Sherwood Orchards
With over 80 varieties of apples (Gala, Gravenstein, Jonathan, McIntosh and King just to name a few) you can truly have “an apple a day” after picking plenty of the healthy fruit at Sherwood Orchards. This 150 year-old orchard is composed of 26-acres filled with 2000 fruit trees. They also sell honey! Sweet!

Sherwood Orchards
23995 SW Pacific Highway
Sherwood, Or

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Draper Girls Country Farm
In addition to apple picking at Draper Girls Country Farm, kids will delight in Hood River Valley’s only 100% pure, non-pasteurized licensed apple cider mill, a visit with farm animals the likes of llamas, horned sheep, goats, chickens and horses, and Draper Girls famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples. Open 365 days a year, families will love their U-pick fruit orchard, and picnicking in the farm’s garden which boasts scenic views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Call before your trip if you’d like to know which animals will be at the farm when you’d like to visit. Click here for more in-depth ideas about what to see, eat and do at Draper Girls. 

Draper Girls Country Farm
6200 Hwy 35
Mt. Hood Parkdale, Or
541-352-6625 (in season) or 541-490-8113

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Mountain View Orchards
Married 46 years, Ruthie and Lyle have operated their family orchard together for years. Mountain View Orchards offers a wide array of U-Pick apple varieties, delicious apple pie, hiking, picnicking and free hayrides and visits with animals on the weekends. Join in the reverie of all things apple at their Harvest Fest October 18-20 where they will serve over 15 kinds of applesauce and desserts, while doling out free samples. And don’t miss Ruthie’s applesauce cinnamon rolls!

Mountain View Orchards
6670 Trout Creek Ridge Road
Mt Hood Parkdale, Or
541-352-6554 or 800-529-6554

Draper Girls country farm

Bell’s Orchard
Toted at the first orchard to bring the “short orchard” to the Willamette Valley,  your little ones can pick Galas, Fuji and Honeycrisps without the use of ladders. U-pick apples go for $1 per pound, but you can also have your pick of pears as well. Picking takes place Thursdays through Saturdays.

24350 SW Farmington Road
Beaverton, Or

What’s your favorite spot to take the little ones apple picking? Does your family hit the Fruit Loop or explore another spot?

– Beth Shea

photo credits: Shelby F.,via Yelp and Brian Birke via Flickr


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