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7 farms where your family can enjoy apple picking

Grab the kids and a basket. Here are 7 farms for apple picking near Seattle.

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.

And when you get home: Cooking with kids: apple and peanut butter tarts

1. Bailey Farm

12706 Springhetti Rd, Snohomish
(360) 568-8826

For the latest harvest information, check the website.

Driving time from Seattle: 35-50 minutes.

Hours: noon to 6 p.m., Sunday Sept. 13

This farm offers one day in which to pick your own Honeycrisp apples: Sunday, Sept. 13, and the farmers advise you should come early. This time of year, you can also go pick your own vegetables.

2. The Farm at Swan’s Trail

7301 Rivershore Rd, Snohomish (425) 334-4124

For the latest apple picking 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. Wednesday, Sept. 16. 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.

3. Jones Creek Farms

32260 Burrese Rd, Sedro-Woolley

Check the website for the latest harvest information, and/or email

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.

4. Bellewood Acres

6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden (360) 318-7720

For the latest harvest information go to the farm’s U-pick page, Facebook or Instagram.

Driving time from Seattle: 2 to 2.5 hours

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, Septemer and October

This farm has Honeycrisp, Cosmic Crisp, Jonamac, Gala, Jonagold, Belle de Boskoop and Golden Supreme apples in September, and Fuji, Idared, Sonata, Orin, School House Red, Bellewood Prince, Evercrisp and Mountain Rose apples in October.

5. Stutzman Ranch

2202 Easy St, Wenatchee
(509) 667-1664

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 Fuji and Golden Delicious apples starting about Sept. 10. It has other kinds of fruit, including cherries in June, and nectarines, peaches and Bartlett pears later in the summer.

6. West Valley U-Pick

11901 Zier Rd, Yakima
(509) 945-5406

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 a cider press available to use. There is also a variety of other fruit, including Bartlett and D’Anjou pears.

Closed this year:

Apple Creek Orchards, 5367 Barr Rd, Ferndale (360) 384-0915