Add these u-pick apple orchards to your fall bucket list
Apples abound in the Evergreen State, and September is prime picking season. Celebrate fall with a trip to a nearby apple-picking orchard to get your own delicious, juicy fruit straight from the tree. Grab your boots and baskets and head to one of these local (and not-so-local) apple orchards to have your own quintessential autumn adventure.
Good to know: If you aren’t up for the long drive or have limited apple-picking opportunities, another way to celebrate the harvest is to find someone in your neighborhood with an unpicked tree and offer to do the picking. Local neighborhood Facebook groups and Freecycle are great places to look for offers of fruit or to post your request. But please make sure you know what you’re doing before climbing any ladders!
Best U-Pick Apple Orchards Near Seattle
Bellewood Farms is a working farm that offers pick-your-own apples in one of the largest apple orchards in western Washington (it’s a whopping 25,000-tree orchard!). The farm is known for its delectable Honeycrisp apples, along with 22 other varieties of apples and pears.
They offer free rides for families aboard the Apple Bin train (which stops at trees that are ready for picking), and a chance to learn about Whatcom County’s agriculture in the corn maze. You can also enjoy cider donuts, fresh apple cider, and all-American apple pies served at the café and outdoor concession stand with incredible views of Mt. Baker.
If you want a bit of an adventure, you can walk along the farm’s forested trail, which follows the nearby 10-mild creek.
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
6140 Guide Meridian Dr.
Swans Trail Farms
Swans Trail Farms includes five acres of over 4,000 apple trees in picturesque Snohomish. Expect the orchard’s delicious apple crop in mid-September, including everyone’s favorite Honeycrisps followed by Jonagolds later in the season (they’re great for home-baked treats, like apple pies and apple dumplings). We love the ease of this sweet orchard where trees are kept small so everyone in the family can grab fruit straight from the tree. Not sure which fruits are ripe for the picking? Farmers greet visitors at the orchard to teach you all about how to pick the perfect apple.
Join the farm for the Apple Festival, held this year on September 16-17. Along with apple picking, you’ll get to watch apples, squeezed through their pre-WWII cider mill, turn into fresh cider. Don’t miss the corn mazes and kids play area, where kids can ride on the cow train, play in a corn box, jump on the giant pillow, watch the animal races, and more. Food stands will also be open so you can grab some local goodies to enjoy. It’s a definite day trip destination!
Price: $3.50 per pound.
Hours: Fall hours to be announced as of mid-August.
7301 Rivershore Rd.
You’ll find more than apples to pick at this 5th generation family-owned Snohomish farm that offers something for everyone. Families can learn how to pick the perfect fruit and fruit, and even dig up your own potatoes.
Produce picking is underway here, but expect the apple picking season, led by ripe and ready Honeycrisp apples, to start around mid-September. Buckets, boxes, bags, and even shovels (for potatoes, garlic, and carrots) are provided for you by the farm, but you might want to bring a sturdy wagon or stroller for easier getting around. Then, let the kids find tons of farm-fresh veggies alongside apples they can pluck straight from the tree, ground, or bush.
Price: Prices are per pound and vary by produce. A price list isn’t available as of mid-August—check the website closer to the season.
Hours: Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Last entry is at 5:30 p.m.)
12691 Springhetti Rd.
Jones Creek Farm
Jones Creek Farms offers more than 50 varieties of u-pick apples from August to October. Opening weekend this year is scheduled for August 18-21, and even though apples are their specialty, you can also pick pears, peaches, plums, and pumpkins. You can check what’s being harvested on any particular day on The Harvest Times on their website.
Come as you are! You don’t need to bring anything, although you’re welcome to bring clean bags, boxes, or buckets for picking. Plus, aside from the price of the produce you pick, there are no fees for parking, entry, minimum purchase requirements, etc. Note that in 2023, the farm raised its prices for the first time in 16 years… by about a quarter per pound. In other words, it’s still quite an affordable price!
Price: $1.75 per pound, $1.50 per pound over 20 lbs, $1.25 per pound over 100 lbs.
Hours: Fri.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
32260 Burrese Rd.
Sedro Woolley, WA
West Valley U-Pick
West Valley offers naturally grown berries and tree fruit, available for U-pick as well as pre-picked selectons. In addition to their delish apples—they’ve got Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Blondee available mid-August to October—families can pick pears, blueberries, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tomatilos. The farm allows visitors to use their cider presses for free if you purchase or pick their apples. You can bring your own jugs or purchase them on location. Sampling is allowed (just don’t go overboard!)—you only pay for what you pick.
The farm is also a great spot to enjoy a picnic (or some of those tasty apples you just picked), so feel free to bring a blanket and provisions to enjoy your time on the farm. Leashed dogs are allowed, as well, and parking is free, so make it a full day out!
Price: Price is per pound. Prices aren’t listed yet as of mid-August—check the website for updates.
Hours: Thu.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Mon.-Wed.
11901 Zier Rd.
Curran Apple Orchard
One of Tacoma’s best-kept secrets is the Curran Apple Orchard in University Place. This 7-acre community garden offers free apple picking for all during its annual Community Harvest Day. You’ll find more than 200 trees with 15 different varieties of apples, so bring your buckets and get them while you can.
Trees that aren’t taped off and labeled with a “do not pick” sign are available to the public (the ones with signs are harvested by donors).
Hours: Sun., Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
3920 Grandview Dr. W.
University Place, WA
Take your pick of apples—or Sm’Apples—at this quiet farm, located in Ferndale, WA. Apples here are available by the box or by the pound, with some varieties you’ll recognize (like Fuji and Honeycrisp) and some you may not be familiar with yet (like the beautifully named Sunrise Magic and Cosmic Crisp).
It’s cash or check only here, and although they have a few boxes available, it’s recommended that you bring your own bags or boxes to carry your picks home.
Price: Varies by apple variety, ranging from $0.50 to $1.75 per pound (though prices are subject to change for 2023).
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-dark (closed Sunday)
1197 Willeys Lake Rd.
Draper Girls Country Farm
This 40-acre farm in Parkdale is your go-to spot for picking strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, and, of course, apples. And you don’t have to worry about your smallest pickers: most of the apple and peach trees are dwarf, so everyone can easily reach the quite literally low-hanging fruit. Only the juiciest and ripest apples will be available for picking—rows that aren’t quite ripe for the picking are closed off to visitors.
The farm store is open all day, every day. Seriously: it’s a 24/7 space that operates by the honor system. Stop by, get what you need, and leave your payment in the box. You’ll find the store stocked with local goodies, pressed cider, and even cuts from their own happy animals
Make sure to save time to stop by the petting zoo, explore the gardens, and check out the adorable farmhouse. Then, settle in for a picnic by the farm stand! Keep an eye on their website and Facebook for the latest U-pick updates.
Price: Pricing is by the bucket, call to see current prices.
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
6200 Hwy 35
Mount Hood Parkdale, OR
Located just 30 minutes North of Seattle, Skipley Farm has an impressive array of 520 apple varieties, including some very early ripening options. The farm focuses on education and an eco-conscious approach to farming, featuring classes open for visitors and a nursery that specializes in disease-resistant varieties of fruiting plants. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Reggie the pig—who appreciates your donations of a ripe apple or two.
Baskets are provided for picking, but you’ll need to bring your own bags to carry your spoils home, as well as bottles for cider. Unlike some other farms, which are cash-only, you can pay practically any way you like here: Cash, Venmo, Zelle, Cashapp, Barter, Silver, and Paypal are all accepted. Also unlike many other places, field sampling isn’t just allowed—it’s encouraged!
You can view an apple ripening schedule on the website as well as check the day’s picking status on their Facebook page, or give Gil a call at (206) 679-6576. Tip: Visit after 2 p.m. on weekends to avoid crowds. Dogs are welcome as well, all the time on weekdays and after 3 p.m. on weekends.
Price: $5/adult $3/child fee for entry and educational orientation. $4 per pound for apples, with discounts at certain weight minimums. $10 per half-gallon of cider (bring your own bottle).
Hours: Thu.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
7228 Skipley Rd.
Raising Cain Ranch
Come out to this fairly new farm to pick the farm’s organically grown apples and pears. Expect around 20 different varieties (some heirloom) when you head out into the fields. Feel free to bring your own buckets, or use what they provide, and then fill ’em up.
The farm also has a “food forest” with Aronia berries, currants, huckleberries, hazelnuts, and chestnuts. Note that while berry and nut picking is by appointment only and while credit cards and cash are accepted, checks are not.
There’s a large variety of cider, too, as well as an outdoor cider tasting room. If you enjoy the space and want to come back with friends, the farm offers cider pressing parties. The farm will get everything ready for you, as well as supply the jigs (and take care of cleanup, too!). You can bring your own food (no alcohol, though) and enjoy the space at $200 for a 4-hour time slot.
Price: Price is per pound. Prices aren’t listed yet as of mid-August—check the website for updates.
Hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5719 Riverview Rd.
Stutzman Ranch is a fourth generation orchard and farm stand in Wenatchee. It’s a spot where families can pick all kinds of apples (think: Gala, Fuji and Golden Delicious), as well as other seasonal fruits like Barlett and Asian pears, pluots, and grapes.Families are encouraged to bring their own picking buckets but the ranch will give you a cardboard box, if you need one, as well as small wagons or carts to help carry out your harvest (strollers are still a no-no).
The folks at Stutzman Ranch also suggest that pickers wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing and leave your furry friends at home. Weekends get busy (and make parking difficult), so the ranch suggests you visit on the weekdays for a more laid-back atmosphere. Sampling is okay (but don’t stuff yourself!).
Price: $0.85 per pound. $5 U-Pick minimum fee for all visitors 12 and up (paid when leaving the orchard). (Basically, if you don’t pick $5 or more worth of apples, you’ll be charged the flat $5).
Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
2226 Easy St.