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. We’ve rounded up the best farms around to find fall fruits, and bonus– they’re all gorgeous enough to grab a few adorable pics of your bouncing babies surrounding by cheery apples. How can you resist? Read on for more!
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!
15330 NW Sauvie Island 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!
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.
6670 Trout Creek Ridge Rd
Mt Hood, OR
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.
6200 Hwy. 35
Mt. Hood Parkdale
With the first “short orchard” in the Willamette Valley, Bell’s is a great spot to pick with kids. Trees grow low to the ground to make picking a breeze, and the wide variety of pears, peaches, and apples will make your mouth water. Their signature crop is, in fact, the mouth-watering and much-loved Honeycrisp. Stop by the classic red barn market for honey from their locals bees to round your day out!
24350 SW Farmington Rd.
photo: nick amoscata via flickr
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.
8129 Clear Creek Rd.
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!
31965 NW Beach RD