Awesome Must-Experience Apple Picking Outings

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The hot hot summer has ripened fruit quickly this year and fall is set to bring bushels of bounty! The orchards around Portland flow with all varieties of apples, pears, peaches, and more, and we know you’re ready to pick. We’ve rounded up the best farms around and they’re all gorgeous enough to sneak in those beloved fall family photos. How can you resist? Read on for more!

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Beilke Family Farm

Near Salem, Beilke Family Farm boasts up to 17 styles of irresistible apples like Ruby Mac, Cripps Pink, and Gold Rush. Four generations have worked these trees, and the care shines through in well organized rows that are easy to navigate and find your favorite fruit. The dwarf trees make it a cinch for kids to pick and fill their buckets.

4925 Rockdale St NE
Brooks, OR


Jossy Farms

You don’t want to miss out on this U-Pick Apple experience. In the farming business since 1885, the Jossy family has a long legacy. Their U-Pick fields are open this season for apples like the tart Gravensteins and sweet Early Golds, and plenty of red and green Bartlett pears. Pick up some hazelnuts and walnuts in their shop while you’re there, too!  Bring your own container or buy some at the farm.

31965 NW Beach RD
Hillsboro, OR

Katrina Emery

Mountain View Orchards

Apples aren’t all you will find at this U-Pick orchard near Portland. Three generations in and this 50-acre orchard is still producing stellar fruit. August and September see peaches, plums, pears, apples, nectarines, late blueberries, and even dahlias, corn, carrots and beets! Make it whole day with a hayride later in the season, topped off with fresh cider and donuts. And for the adults in the group–don’t miss their special hard cider on tap or in bottles to take home. They are open daily this summer and fall. Pups happily allowed on a leash!

6670 Trout Creek Ridge Rd
Mt Hood, OR

photo credit: Ange B. via Yelp
Ange B. via Yelp

Kiyokawa Orchards

Family-owned and operated in Parkdale, Oregon, this orchard produces apples your family won’t be able to resist. A standing favorite in the U-Pick farms, this orchard is pushing pause on welcoming the crowds this year. Despite not being able to wander the rows, you can still get your favorite apple varieties from them at their orchard fruit stand in Parkdale or farmer’s markets. They have a presence at 15 area markets! Check their website for the full list and times.

8129 Clear Creek Rd.

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Sherwood Orchards

In the rolling hills past Newberg, the 1,300 trees of this orchard produce pears, apples, plums, quince and even persimmons! U-pick is available over the 26 acres–apple varieties ready now are Gravenstein, Transparent, Tydeman Red and Bed Wilde, ranging from tart cooking apples to sweet ones. To pick, you can borrow the farm’s baskets and boxes, and even some pickers for the hard-to-reach spots! Bring your own container for these trees, and get your camera ready, because this spot offers the perfect opportunity for those back-to-school or holiday themed photos.

23995 SW Pacific Hwy.

Vanessa T vis Yelp

Bell’s Orchard

This sweet Beaverton farm boasts a bright red barn that welcomes families daily–they even have evening picking for these gorgeous warm summer nights! The short-style orchard means that everyone can pick without ladders. Fill your buckets with varieties of apples, pears, and juicy peaches–your only problem might be stopping before you have enough for 50 pies!

24350 SW Farmington Rd.
Beaverton, OR

—Katrina Emery


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