Fall is the perfect time to take a day trip to pick apples, partake in apple festivities and celebrate the harvest. Since Washington state produces almost 60 percent of the nation’s supply of apples, we have the best apple picking in the country.
While most of the region’s apples come from the Wenatchee Valley, there are plenty of u-pick apple orchards near Seattle. A day trip to the Wenatchee Valley near Leavenworth is a great way to spend a weekend. For those looking for an afternoon adventure, there are plenty of orchards near Seattle with large varieties of apples.
Seattle Refined's Apple-picking Tips:
- Apples are ready for harvest from September through the end of October. Peak picking time varies at each location so check websites and Facebook pages for the most up to date information.
- Call ahead to make sure the orchard you want to visit is open for picking. Orchards vary their hours based on the availability of crops.
- Pack rubber boots as orchards may be muddy and bring your own bags or baskets for your fruit.
- Plan ahead! Think about how much fruit you want to bring home before heading out to the orchard or else you might end up with 40 lbs of apples.
- Most farms have a no-pet policy for the safety of their farm animals so plan to leave Fido at home for this adventure.
Seattle Refined has rounded up 5 orchards in Washington (and one great festival) with u-pick apple offerings, tours and even a cider press.
The Farm at Swan’s Trail
The Farm at Swan’s Trail in Snohomish hosts an acre of Jonagold, Honeycrisp and Gala apple trees. Hop on for a wagon ride out to the u-pick orchard. The season is usually a few short weeks so call head to ensure there are apples left. U-pick apple harvest starts on September 10th at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for $2.50/pound. Check for u-pick updates and picking times on their website and Facebook page.
Apple Creek Orchard
You’ll have to wait until the first week of October for this orchard to open but the wait is worth it! Apple Creek Orchard in Ferndale will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pick-your-own Jonagold, Melrose, Mutsu, Gala and Snow Sweet apples for $15 per 5-gallon bucket or $.75/pound. You’ll want to bring your own boxes to transport your apples home but the farm does provide buckets for on-site picking. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for the exact timing of their opening.
Jones Creek Farms
With more than 50 varieties of u-pick apples, Jones Creek Farms orchards in Sedro-Woolley are already open and ready for harvest. The apples ripened early this year so you’ll want to head out to this orchard sooner rather than later. U-pick apples are $1.50/pound on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make sure to check their website and Facebook page for up-to-date information.
BelleWood Acres near Lynden offers not only u-pick apples but also has fresh cider, distillery tastings, a farm tour and more. This working farm is one of the largest apple orchards in western Washington. The Apple Bin Express offers a fun ride for the young and old alike. Make sure to visit the cider press before leaving with your apples! The farm has over 20 delicious apple varieties including Zestar, Gravenstin, Tsugaru, Sansa, Honeycrisp and Golden Supreme. Check their website or Facebook page for up to date informant on harvest availability.
This fourth generation orchard is open daily through the end of September and makes for a great destination when apple picking out in Wenatchee. Gala, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples are ready to be harvested now. The Stutzman Ranch is cash-only. Visitors are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, leave pets at home and to bring their own boxes. The orchard is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with up to date information on their website.
Greenbluff Growers Apple Festival
The Greenbluff Growers Apple Festival outside of Spokane starts September 17th and runs through October 30th. Held over several weekends, the festival offers a large variety of the best cooking apples along with fresh pressed cider. Visitors will find live music, craft booths, corn and straw mazes and great food.