Where to Go Apple Picking Near Seattle This Fall
They taste better if you pick them.
While we love a grocery store apple as much as the next guy, there’s something special about one you pick yourself—it’s hand-selected, feels somehow more organic than the organic section of PCC, and ultimately, it’s an experience, not simply a purchase you snag in the produce aisle. That said, ‘tis the season to get in on this classic fall pastime, and there seems to be no better place to do so than Washington State. From orchards that are a mere stone’s throw away from downtown Seattle to truly rural destinations, the fruit is ripe for the picking.
How far is it: 1-hour & 45-minute drive
Sm’Apples specializes in ultra-scenic picking—the orchard is situated just to the west of Mt. Baker, with spectacular views. Varieties, dates, and pricing are all listed on their website, so do a quick check before you visit if you’re looking for something in particular—or just head over and see what strikes your fancy.
Price: $0.75 - $2 per lb
How far is it: 50-minute drive
Curran Apple Orchard typically hosts a Cider Squeeze this time of year, but it’s unfortunately canceled (for the second year in a row) due to the pandemic. Don’t let that stop you from apple picking though; all the trees that haven’t been reserved are fair game, and picking is totally free. Take a walk through the 7-acre orchard and discover over 15 varieties of apples to choose from.
How far is it: 35-minute drive
Skipley Farm has a fairly wide range of fruits (and an edible plant nursery!), but the beginning of September marks the start of prime time for apple picking. Sampling is highly encouraged—so bring your appetite (and your own container). The farm is open through November; stop by between 9 am - 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday, or 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday.
Price: $4 per lb
How far is it: 3-hour drive
West Valley has one especially unique offering that makes it worth the drive: an old-fashioned hand-crank cider press, on which you can press your very own cider once you’ve picked some apples. They offer Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Blondee varieties; stop by starting in mid-August through October.
Price: $0.85 per lb
How far is it: 1-hour & 30-minute drive
Jones Creek has a whopping 3,000 fruit trees to pick from on the farm this season, so the time is ripe to head on over and do some picking. Choose from over 50 (yes, 50) apple varieties, and enjoy a discount if you buy over 20 lbs or over 100 lbs of apples.
Price: $1 - $1.50 per lb
How far is it: 1-hour & 40-minute drive
In the fall of 2018 the Abel family left their life in the city to take over Bellewood Farms in Lynden, Washington. Since then, they’ve continued standard operations on the farm, but they’ve also greatly expanded its offerings to include a slew of events and concerts in the summer and fall. Check their calendar for upcoming shows, bring your apple-picking bucket, and make sure you leave time to visit the farm’s award-winning distillery while you’re there.
Price: $13.97 for a 5-lb bag; $67.97 for a 25-lb bag
How far is it: 2-hour & 45-minute drive
This fourth generation fruit orchard was founded in 1907 and is still going strong with owners Floyd and Betsy Stutzman at the helm. Open daily from 9 am - 5:30 pm, Stutzman Ranch is family-friendly—just remember to read all of their u-pick rules and leave the dog(s) at home.
Price: $0.75 per lb; $5 minimum
How far is it: 35-minute drive
The Farm at Swan’s Trail has been super cautious about COVID this past year, but—good news!—they will be open for u-pick this fall, starting in September. Stroll through 5 acres of orchards to find some of the tastiest Honeycrisp and Jonagolds in the state.
Price: $3 per lb