Kids playing at Walter’s Fruit Ranch
Washington produces about 58% of the apples grown in the United States, according to a US Ag. Stat., 2010 report cited by Washington University Extension’s website. Apples are an important part of Washington’s economy and identity, and Green Bluff’s orchards celebrate harvest season in a big way. You can ride in a horse-drawn wagon, pick your own delicious apples, wander in a corn maze, pick up amazing fresh apple cider and other apple goodies, hear live music, and much more. Below are a few highlights of the Apple Festival at Green Bluff, which runs weekends through October 26. Please keep in mind that every attraction might not be available every weekend. Check with individual farms for hours and event schedules.
If you want to learn more about small farms, take a farm tour. Hidden Acres, Mrs. Kalin’s Barn, Siemers Fruit, and Walter’s Fruit Ranch all offer tours. Give them a call first to see if you need to schedule a time for your tour.
Green Bluff is a great place to bring kids of all ages who want to play. Check out the Friendly Family Farm Funland at Beck’s Harvest House, with a giant corn maze, giant jump pillow, hay pit, inflatable jump castle, and inflatable haunted house. Mrs. Kalin’s Barn has a straw obstacle course and a giant slide. High Country Orchard offers hay rides, as well as a café with breakfast and lunch. Kids can meet and pet farm animals at Hidden Acres and Walter’s Fruit Ranch. Knapp’s offers “punkin’ chunkin’,” goat mountain, miniature horses, miniature donkeys, and a straw and corn maze. At Siemers Fruit, check out the giant blowup slide, adult-size pedal cars, trains, a corn-shrub maze with a four-story castle, and a pirate ship.
Wine, Beer, and Cider Tasting
Sample delicious beverages at Green Bluff amongst the beautiful scenery of the foothills of Mt. Spokane. At Bodacious Berries, Fruits, and Brews, you can hang out in the red barn or sit outside while enjoying cold, farm fresh beer, often with live music for your entertainment. Townshend Cellars offers distinctive wines in their beautiful tasting room. For something a little different, head to Hierophant Meadery or Twilight Cider Works.
These are just a few highlights of the festival. The best way to enjoy Green Bluff is to drive up and stop at the farms that look interesting to you (most have signs outside their driveways indicating what produce is available). You can print a grower map here or just pick one up at Green Bluff—they are available at several locations, including High Country Orchard’s store and Walter’s Fruit Ranch. Festival events are on weekends only. Call ahead for hours and events at individual farms. Parking is free, but keep in mind that the area is very busy during the Apple Festival, so traffic will move slowly. Green Bluff is located in the foothills of Mt. Spokane just a short drive from Spokane or Spokane Valley. Click here for directions.