Everything’s coming up apples in Washington State. While the Midwest and Northeast saw an early spring, a hard freeze and then a drought this year, the Northwest is enjoying an apple bonanza: We’re talking 108 million bushels, each a hefty 40-lbs. box. That’s a whole lotta apples — slated to be the second highest number on record in Washington State.
If your family finds itself in the Northwest, that means one thing: plenty of apple-picking fun. One of our favorite picks is Johnson Orchards. Roam the grounds, all 60 acres, and enjoy your pick of the apple litter: gala, honeycrisp, golden delicious and more. Another great treat: The orchard’s bakery offers savory, fresh apple pies.
Elsewhere … Last Chance for Apple-Picking!
Granted, while many other parts of the country saw a poor crop yield this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy apple-picking fun — but you’d better hurry. In fact, this weekend may be your last window of opportunity at some orchards.
Many orchards in Virginia, for example, bloomed 3 weeks earlier this year because of the mild winter. The growing process didn’t slow during the brutally hot summer – now the apples have been ready for the picking one month ahead of schedule.
Andrew Zimmern’s Apple-Picking Pick
Travel Channel’s very own Andrew Zimmern weighs in with his own apple-picking choice: Deardorff Orchards and Vineyards, about 30 miles from downtown Minneapolis. And good news! Deardorff is open through the end of October, with honeygold, regent and fireside apple varieties still available for picking.
Check out our picks for America’s Top 5 Apple-Picking Farms.
And tell us: Where have you been apple-picking this fall? Any recommendations? Let us know!