Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

Q: Where to Go Cherry Picking?

by Lauren Braden

in Tasting Cascadia

 

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Dear TripFinder,

I would love to find a good orchard near Seattle to go cherry picking with my kids. I am willing to drive 2-3 hours. My goal is to buy tons of (ideally organic) cherries to make jam. I would be fun if there was a bit more than just cherry picking – a petting zoo, hay ride or farm tour would be icing on the cake.

Thanks, Heather

U-PICK: Where to pick cherries in Washington state

U-PICK: Where to pick cherries in Washington stateDear Heather,

We’re fortunate to have some of the juiciest cherries in the world in Eastern Washington, and there’s nothing tastier than a cherry you’ve just picked yourself. Get your cherry pitter ready, because I found some great options for cherry picking not far from Seattle in the Yakima Valley!

One popular U-pick orchard for juicy bing and beautiful rainier cherries is Barrett Orchards (transitioning to organic)(1209 Pecks Canyon Road – Yakima, (509) 966-1275). U-pick for cherries continues through July 4, 2016. Their Cherry Festival is the weekend of July 2-4 2016.

Another spot is Bill’s Berry Farm (organic) (3674 N. County Line Road, Grandview, 509-882-3200). Ride their haywagon out to the orchard, followed up by a BBQ lunch and a fresh cherry donut. They’ve even got a petting zoo. Pick cherries into July.

By the way, the best online informational resource for finding U-pick farms year-round in Washington is pickyourown.org. It’s updated regularly, though I would love to see them improve the user interface a bit – it’s tricky to find what you’re looking for but keep digging.

The folks at Travellious took off to Eastern Washington to seek out places to u-pick cherries and more harvest-time diversions in the Yakima Valley. Check out the story of their cherry-filled day trip here.

Got a burning travel question? You ask, we’ll answer.

kid picking cherries by sean dreilinger, cherries in a bowl by joanne wan.
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ko June 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Our family loves going to Thompson’s Farm in Naches near Yakima. Cherries in mid to late July and Peaches late August. It’s fun for the family and dog too. My dog runs loose with the owner’s dog in the orchards while we harvest.

http://www.thompsonsfarm.com/index.html

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Lauren June 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Hi ko, thank you so much for the personal recommendation of Thompson’s Farm in Naches!

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Alberta Brown March 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Would like to know whenthe cherry picking starts in the Yakima valley

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