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Autumn is on our minds! Please give me some ideas of where we can take the kids apple picking this fall near Seattle.
-Tara in Burien
Dear Tara,I’m so glad you asked because we’ve been thinking of apples a lot around here too — like apple pie, apple cider, apple chutney, apple butter… you get the idea. It’s not fall in the Northwest without picking apples!Most of the U-pick locations in Central Puget Sound are for blueberries and other berries. For apples, you’ll have to drive a little bit farther but we think it’s worth it!
U-pick Apples in the Seattle Area
Skagit Valley Fruit / Jones Creek Farms32260 Burrese Rd in Sedro Woolley | see map | website | 360-391-3904 Harvest Season Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm
If you’re an heirloom apple connoisseur, head straight to Jones Creek Farms. I love experimenting with different proportions of unique apple varieties when making apple butter in the crock pot, one of my standard holiday gifts. At Jones Creek Farms you’ll find Mott Pink, Aroma, Jonamac, Gravenstein, Sunrise, Niagara Mac, Akane, Early Cortland and more. The farm also hosts Upick Asian pears, squashes and pumpkins.
Apple Creek Orchard5367 Barr Road in Ferndale | see map | website | 360-384-0915 Harvest Season Hours: Open for the season starting Saturday October 6 every day except Wednesday, 10am – 5pm
Looking for an excuse to head up to Bellingham for an afternoon in Fairhaven? Go early and head first to Apple Creek Orchard near Ferndale to pick some Jonagolds. The price for apples is $10 for a 5 gallon bucket. (bring your own boxes or buckets). The farm also has chickens, geese, ducks, and guinea hens walking about to the delight of apple-picking children.
worth the mention:see map | website | 360-491-7328 Harvest Season Hours: 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm Sundays
They don’t host U-pick apples, but one of our favorite spots in the harvest season is Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm near Olympia, where each weekend in October the host a fun Apple Festival (no admission charge, $3 to park a vehicle). Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride to their pumpkin patch, then find your way through a corn maze. Kids will love the plethora of baby farm animals to pet.
For more South Puget Sound harvest season ideas, check out these picks for U-pick and harvest season locales on Sounds Fun Mom.
Hope this helps! Happy Autumn!
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