Orchard Fresh: 10 Places to Go Apple Picking in Washington
Pie, crisp, sauce, dumplings, jam, galette: Whether you prefer baking or just plain slicing ‘em, apples are back in season and Washington State’s U-pick orchards are open. We’ve found several orchards near (and not-so-near) to Seattle that offer pick-your-own apples, and a handful more that host tours and festivals to celebrate the harvest. So, read on for our picks and get ready to fill some bushel bags!
Apple Creek Orchard
As of October 5, Apple Creek Orchard is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm for pick-your-own Jonagold, Mutsu and Snowsweet apples for $15 a bushel. The farm provides buckets and carts, but remember to bring boxes to transport the fruit of your labors home.
5367 Barr Road
Jones Creek Farms
Jones Creek Farms offers u-pick apples from September to November. October 18-20 is this year’s annual Harvest Festival with farm tours, hay rides, fresh cider, apples and pumpkins.
32260 Burrese Road
Sedro Woolley, Wa
The Farm at Swan’s Trail
The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish includes an acre of Jonagold and Honeycrisp apple trees. You can take the kids on a wagon ride out to the u-pick orchard. But the season only lasts for a few weeks, so be sure to call before you go.
7301 Rivershore Road
Snohomish, Wa 98290
BelleWood Acres is a working farm that does not offer pick-your-own apples. But they do give tours for families and lessons for kids on best practices for picking. Watch the packing line, visit the cider press and peek into the bakery, then stop in the on-site store and bring some apple goodies home with you.
6140 Guide Meridian Drive
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm
If the kids are craving fresh cider, look no further than Lattin’s Country Mill. Lattin’s is open year-round and holds an Apple Festival every weekend in October with games, a maze and demonstrations for the whole fam. While they don’t offer U-pick, you can sample the farm’s award-winning cider, visit with animals and bring home a pie or two.
9402 Rich Road SE
Wilson Banner Ranch
Wilson Banner Ranch uses natural growing practices and has apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, cucumbers, flowers, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, pumpkins, tomatoes, honey from hives on the farm and a cider mill! Are you excited yet? They also have a petting zoo. This farm is well worth the drive and is open on Fridays and Saturdays.
16397 Highway 12
Open daily through October, Stutzman Ranch is a fourth generation orchard and farm stand in Wenatchee. Galas are ready to pick first, with Fuji following in mid-September. Remember that Stutzman Ranch is cash-only and staff suggests that pickers wear closed-toe shoes.
2226 Easy Street
Wenatchee, Wa 98801
This family owned and operated orchard has been in business since 1904, offering several varieties of cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and apples. U-pick apples (including Gala) are available, but call ahead to check which varieties are available before you make the trip.
4906 Summitview Avenue
Becerra Gardens is a great place to grab lunch: You can get most of what you need right there. Becerra grows asparagus, cucumbers, flowers, herbs, melons, peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, tomatoes and some already-picked produce. There’s also a picnic area and a concessions/refreshment stand.
9074 Road K NW
High Country Orchard
Green Bluff High Country Orchard is stocked with pre-picked cherries, peaches, raspberries, apricots, pears and apples. You’ll also find a country store with gifts and antiques. Save room for something sweet, the orchard serves fresh baked pies, pastries and ice cream.
8518 East Green Bluff Road
If you aren’t up for the long drive or have limited apple picking opportunities, another way to celebrate the harvest is to find someone in your neighborhood with an unpicked tree and offer to do the picking. Local neighborhood Yahoo groups, Craigslist and Freecycle are great places to look for offers of fruit or to post your request. But please make sure you know what you are doing before climbing any ladders!
And if you want to make a weekend of it, Wenatchee – the “Apple Capital of the World” – is a mere three-hour drive from Seattle. Check the Pick-Your-Own website for places to go, and always call ahead to make sure your visit coincides with pickin’ time.
–Sara Billups and Karen McHegg
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