Travel & Outdoors

Best of U-Pick Apples in WA

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credit: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/AFP/Getty Images

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According to the Washington State Apple Commission’s website, the 2011-2012 apple crop in the state could be the third largest ever! That means those dreamy thoughts of apple pie, caramel apples and apple cider can come true! Here are some of the places you can go to pick your own Washington apples, and you don’t have to venture too far from Seattle.

Stutzman Ranch
2226 Easy St
Wenatchee, WA 98801
509.669.FARM (3276)
http://www.thestutzmanranch.com

A couple of hours’ drive from Seattle is Wenatchee, WA. The Stutzman Ranch is open daily from 9:00am to 6:00pm from August through the end of October. Farm animals, a “pumpkin shooter” (for weekends in October) as well as delicious Gala apples for picking at .50/lb. They provide ladders for climbing into the trees and boxes for you to take your prize apples home in.

Johnson Orchards
4906 Summitview Avenue
Yakima, WA 98908
509.966.7479
http://www.johnsonorchardsfruit.com

Johnson Orchards was established in 1904 by Alfred Johnson. It is now run by Eric and Jill Johnson who are 4th generation Johnsons. The fruit warehouse is open to the public with various fruits throughout the season. Bartlett Pears and Gingergold Apples are ready for picking and eating! Check out the brand new bakery. Open Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm. Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm. Please call ahead to check on fruit availability.

Gordon Skagit Farms
15598 McLean Rd
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
360.424.0363
http://www.gordonskagitfarms.com

October is Jonagold season at the farm. Take this opportunity and pick your own. Jonagolds are a dual purpose apple, its sweet tart flavor makes them well suited for eating and cooking.
On the weekends, hot cider and tasty baked treats will fuel your internal fire, keeping you comforted against the atmospheric wilds of nature. Hosted by the farm’s friend Georgia Johnson, proceeds benefit the La Conner High School Culinary Arts Program. Open Monday through Sunday, 9:00am – 6:00pm.

Scenic Acres Orchard
11901 Zier Rd
Yakima, WA 98908
509.945.5406
http://www.yakimaberries.com

Gala Apples and Bartlett Pear Picking. We offer u-pick or we pick and are a family friendly business. Open from June to November, Monday through Saturday 8:00am – 8:00pm. Sunday 10:00am – 8:00pm. During September and October you can press your apples into cider. Cider press charge is $1 per half gallon, plus cost of apples. Jugs will be provided.

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