Eight farms where your family can enjoy apple picking
Everyone should try apple picking. An apple fresh from the tree has a crispness and a complexity in flavor that you never find in a supermarket. And many apple orchards offer varieties of fruit that you’d seldom encounter in the city. Besides, orchards are beautiful places. Muddy (wear those rubber boots!) and full of farm smells, but gorgeous all the same.
Here are eight farms within three hours of Seattle that give you a chance to pick your own apples. A couple only have a harvest window that lasts a weekend. Others have a range of varieties that keep them open until October.
1. Bailey Farm12706 Springhetti Rd, Snohomish
For the latest harvest information, check the website.
Driving time from Seattle: 35-50 minutes.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 13 and 14.
This farm offers one weekend in which to pick your own Honeycrisp apples: Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday., Sept. 14. This time of year, you can also go pick your own vegetables.
2. Skipley Farm7228 Skipley Rd, Snohomish (206) 679-6576
For the latest harvest information phone them, or email them through the website.
Driving time from Seattle: 40-65 minutes.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. Sunday while there’s fruit, which should be mid-August into October.
This farm has more than 200 varieties of apples over 7 acres, along with a variety of other fruit.
For the latest harvest information check the farm’s “news and events” page.
Driving time from Seattle: 45 minutes to 1.25 hours.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22. Any other hours have yet to be announced.
This farm, a well-known hub of family farm fun (including a 12 acre corn maze replicating the map of Washington State), has an acre of Jonagold and Honeycrisp apples for picking. The place opens with an apple festival on Saturday, Sept 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22. (The corn maze opens the same weekend.)
Driving time from Seattle: 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays. August through October
This Skagit Valley farm grows more than 80 varieties of apples and pears, some familiar, and many that are bound to be new discoveries.
For the latest harvest information or for cute pictures of kids, fruit and animals, try the farm’s Facebook page.
Driving time from Seattle: 2 to 2.5 hours.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days except Wednesdays, through October.
This orchard north of Bellingham features Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Melrose, Mutsu, Gala, and Snow Sweet apples.
Driving time from Seattle: 2 to 2.5 hours
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. August through October.
This farm has Gravenstein, Sansa, Sunrise, Zestar and Tsugaru apples in August, Honeycrisp, Gala, Ambrosia, Jonagold, Belle de Boskoop and Golden Supreme apples in September, and Fuji, Idared, Sonata, Orin, School House Red, Bellewood Prince and Mountain Rose apples in October. You could also pick some Red and Green Clapp, Comice and Bosc pears.
For the latest harvest information check the website.
Driving time from Seattle: 2.25 hours to 2.75 hours.
Farm hours: 9 am to 5:30 p.m. daily while there is fruit.
This U-pick orchard has Gala apples around the end of August, and Fuji and Golden Delicious apples starting about Sept. 10. It has other kinds of fruit, including cherries in June, nectarines, peaches and Bartlett pears later in the summer, and grapes and pluots in September.
For the latest information check the website.
Driving time from Seattle: 2.5 to 3 hours.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mid-August to October.
This orchard grows Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Blondee apples and has a cider press available for you to use. There is also a variety of other fruit, including Bartlett and D’Anjou pears.