Fresh fruit, directly from the growers, is far superior in taste and quality to anything you will find in your local supermarket. At Green Bluff, about 15 minutes north of Spokane in the foothills of Mt. Spokane, you can even pick your own fruit if you want to. Two loops of farms (East and West loops) offer a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, farm products, candy, and fun things to do for the whole family. The views are spectacular, and you can see for miles on a clear day. During festivals, there are live bands, country cooking, hay rides, corn mazes, and more. Hours vary by farms, but most farms are open on weekends. Click here for a map of the farms and links to information for each farm.
You don’t need a plan to enjoy Green Bluff. You can just show up and poke around the different farms. Each farm has its own charms. But here are a few highlights if you want to plan your visit!
High Country Orchard Country Store is a great place to pick up a variety of produce from the area farms, especially if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to visit several farms or to pick your own. They also feature gifts, collectibles, and décor, plus the tasty Bistro Grill.
The Strawberry Celebration is June 30–July 1 and July 7–8. This is when the strawberries at Green Bluff are at their peak. Bring the whole family and pick your own strawberries, or purchase strawberries and strawberry-laden foods ready to go.
Walter’s Fruit Ranch offers tours by appointment with “Farmer Mark” on the Fruit Loop Express for all ages. Tours include a stop to pick fruit, time to browse the gift shop, and a piece of Walter’s fruit pie. Call 509-238-4709 to schedule.
Hidden Acres, Green Bluff’s only bio-diesel run farm, operates a petting zoo. During the festivals, the farm also offers narrated hayrides, a tepee, corn maze, and live music. Call 509-238-2830 before you come up to find out what’s happening.
Townshend Cellar makes excellent Washington wine. Stop by the tasting room and gift shop to try distinctive reds (you must try the T3!), dry whites, riesling, late harvest, ports, and huckleberry wines while enjoying beautiful views on the bluff. Tasting hours are Friday through Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Call 509-238-1400 for more information.
Stroll through the fields and savor the heavenly scent of lavenders at Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm. You can pick your own lavender bouquet or purchase essential oil, soap, wreaths, sachets, and more. The farm opens July 6 on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closes for the season August 4.
The Cherry Festival is July 14–15 and July 21–22. Bring the family and pick your own cherries, run in the Cherry Picker’s Trot, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious food.