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South Sound Area Apple Picking and Cider Making

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Update: Apple picking at Terry’s Berries is closed as of 10/27

 

I’ve been getting hits here from searchers wondering where to pick apples near Tacoma and other South Sound spots.

The short answer is that the only place in the South Sound for u-pick apples is Terry’s Berries, an organic farm on River Road between Puyallup and Tacoma. Depending on the harvest, you can pick apples and/or purchase apples. You can also press cider on site certain weekends. Now, the catch is, apple picking season hasn’t started at Terry’s yet. When I called they thought October. You might want to like them on Facebook, or just stay tuned here, and I promise to let you know when the season opens.

You can read more about a visit to Terry’s Berries here. My family and I have been going here for years, and we just love it. I will warn you it’s not an outing for everyone. It’s a real working farm, and a mom and pop operation, which means you can expect mud, long lines for the one register, and the occasional stray chicken. Last year, I heard from several readers who had a great time, but I also got a couple notes from folks who found their visit really spoiled by the Grumpy Gus who comes along with the cider press.

Update: Read the comment below from reader JJ who says you may still be able to score apples in the Curran Orchard at University Place. They’ve already done their squeeze, so I don’t know how many you’ll find, but it sounds worth a shot if you’re in the area!

While there really aren’t other options for apple picking, there are several events where you can make cider.

 

Over for the season The Steilacoom Cider Squeeze is on Sunday, October 7th. This is a huge event, where you can press cider and also buy apples and jugs of commercial cider. You are Not allowed to bring your own apples.
Over for the season Meeker Mansion in Puyallup hosts a cider squeeze on October 13th. You can buy apples and jugs at the event This is their fb page. Neither the site nor the fb page has a ton of info yet, but I think we’ll see a flyer soon. 

Lattin’s Country Cider Mill in Olympia hosts a month long apple festival, beginning the last weekend of September. You can’t pick your own apples or make your own cider, but there will be plenty of apples for sampling and purchase. There are also photo ops, animals to check out, and a year round corn maze, plus pumpkins in October. There will also be a variety of apple treats for sale-I’m now Craving a fritter. Blogging hazard!

If you’re up for a road trip, Jones Creek Farms in Sedro Wooley says they have plenty of U-pick apples available now. I don’t know anything about this spot, but it has a lot of positive reviews. Given the distance, I’d get a hold of them to confirm details like hours and pricing before you make the drive.

Update: Lauren of NWTripFinder has a couple other orchards farther afield (Get it? Apple humor…) spots in her post. Btw, if you’re via NWTripFinder, welcome! We stick strictly to South Sound adventures around here, and we’d love to have you come back agaijn!

If you know of a South Sound apple picking spot, I missed, let me know. For more fresh picked fun, you might also enjoy this post on a visit to Foxberry Farm. I

If you’re a fall fan, you’ll also want to make sure to visit this site frequently, as I’ll soon have the scoop on corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and other fall fun.

Now, to go find a fritter…….

Comments

  1. Maegan, if you came to preschool you could pick apples! Across the street from Narrows Co-op is Curran apple orchard. They had their squeeze already, but any apples left (that aren’t roped off Private Trees) are fair game!

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