Washington is known for its apples, and luckily Seattle residents don’t have to drive too far from the city to pick them. These orchards are within just a short drive from the city, and often offer more than just fresh, off the tree, taste. Planning a trip can mean anything from a corn maze to a fresh baked apple pie. Stop by one of these close to home orchards, or if you are looking for a bit more of an adventure, try this list of orchards a bit further out.
32260 Burrese Road
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Price: $1.75 per pound
Offering more than 100 apple varieties, Jones Creek Farm is just 80 miles north of Seattle and serves as a perfect spot for a family day trip. Due to the number of varieties, this farm encourages a quick taste before you commit to a full bag of apples. They also offer pears, garlic, tomato plants and plums. U-pick is available anytime during the harvest season from September to November, but Oct. 19-21 is the Harvest Festival. During the festival, in addition to u-pick apples, there will be pumpkin picking, hay rides, hot fresh cider, music, entertainment and food. Check the calendar of events to know what is ready to pick before heading out.
Gordon Skagit Farms
15598 McLean Road
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Jonagolds are on the menu at this family run farm that has been in business since 1932. October is the season to go picking, and while you are there you can find pumpkins, gourds, squashes, corn and ornamental corn. On the weekends all October long, hot pressed cider will be on the menu benefiting the La Conner High School Culinary Arts Program. A corn maze and haunted barn are located on the farm to keep the kids entertained as well, making this farm more of a adventure than just a stop for apples.
Rosabella’s Garden Bakery
8933 Farm to Market Road
Bow, Washington 98232
Rosabella’s offers a little bit of everything in addition to 25 different varieties of apples for the picking. A hard cider and wine shop is on site as well as a gift shop, which stocks a large supply of jams and jellies. A café offers lunch items, but the bakery is really the shining star. The open kitchen allows customers to meet the bakers and watch the pastries being made. All things apple are on the menu including apple pie, apple strudel, apple empanadas, apple cider donuts, and even apple cider soft serve ice cream.
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