Summer berries are fading but fall bring bushels of its own bounty! The orchards around Portland flow with all varieties of apples, pears, peaches, and more, and we know you’re ready to pick. This year might look a little different, but farmers are still happy to welcome guests to pick—albeit with a few simple precautionary measures. We’ve rounded up the best farms around and they’re all gorgeous enough to sneak in those beloved fall family photos. How can you resist? Read on for more!
Note that details and hours might change, so call or check social media before grabbing your mask and heading out.
Five generations have run this sweet Sauvie Island farm offering 8 varieties of apples (along with lots of veggies and other fruit). Enjoy the feeling of being away from an urban environment without the long drive– Sauvie is only half an hour or so north of Portland but offers a wide variety of outdoor treats. Douglas Farm is one of the first u-picks you’ll come to after crossing the bridge. Bring your goodies back home to store up for the fall!
For this year, call ahead to book a personal time to pick, bring a mask, don’t bring personal containers, and don’t eat fruit in the orchards.
15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Play this fun game when visiting Kiyokawa Orchards: challenge the kids to find the fruit with the craziest name, color, shape, or flavor. With over 120 varieties of apples, pears, and Asian pears, it won’t be hard. You might see the Fameuse Snow Apple with white flesh, the Glocken Apfel from Switzerland, or even the very special Mountain Rose, which is pink on the inside (seriously!). They make it special for the kids with a play area, wagons for hauling your picks, and a fruit stand in case you couldn’t find it in the field.
To keep things safe for all at this popular farm, they don’t allow personal containers for picking, and ask that guests use the handwashing stations when entering and exiting the fruit stands and orchards. Bring your mask and keep your 6 feet of distance!
8129 Clear Creek Rd.
In the rolling hills past Newberg, the 2000 trees of this orchard produce pears, apples, plums, quince and even persimmons! U-pick is available over the 26 acres– apple varieties ready now are Gravenstein, Transparent, Tydeman Red and Bed Wilde, ranging from tart cooking apples to sweet ones. To pick, you can borrow the farm’s baskets and boxes, and even some pickers for the hard-to-reach spots! Call to make your appointment to pick, and bring your mask AND a container.
23995 SW Pacific Hwy.
Three generations in and this 50-acre orchard is still producing stellar fruit. August and September see peaches, plums, pears, apples, nectarines, late blueberries, and even dahlias, corn, carrots and beets! Make it whole day with a hayride later in the season, topped off with fresh cider and donuts. And for the adults in the group– don’t miss their special hard cider on tap or in bottles to take home. They are open daily this summer and fall– remember to stay 6 feet from pickers and wear masks when inside farm stand. Pups happily allowed on a leash!
6670 Trout Creek Ridge Rd
Mt Hood, OR
photo: draper girls via yelp
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Hood, Draper Girls is a top farm to visit with the kids. All the apple and peach trees are a dwarf variety, meaning they’re small, low to the ground, and easy for little hands to reach. The farm is also diligent in keeping the rows mowed, clean and well-marked with what’s ready to pick. And don’t miss the market where you can pick up their famous cinnamon-sugar dried apple, pints of fresh apple cider, and a variety of fresh fruits, veggies, jams, and honey. Grab your mask, and check their facebook or call for up to date info on picking!
In the farming business since 1885, the Jossy family has a long legacy. Their U-Pick fields are open this season for apples like the tart Gravensteins and sweet Earligolds, and plenty of red and green Bartlett pears. Pick up some hazelnuts and walnuts in their shop while you’re there, too! Masks required for check in and out and in the orchard. Bring your own container or buy some at the farm.
31965 NW Beach RD