Updated for 2019
Tacoma and South Puget Sound Area Apple Picking and Apple Cider Making Events
The kids are back in school and the mornings are getting crisp! If you’re looking to celebrate fall with apple fun, we’re here to help! The bad news is there are very few spots to go apple picking in the South Sound (or even very close), but there are several South Sound area apple events full of old fashioned fun and a few options for actual picking.
We’ve also linked to other options farther afield (Get it)? Read on for the whole round up! Note that this post is specific to apple events; I have another round up of harvest festivals that will be updated soon!
Saturday, September 28th
Greenplay Northwest hosts this harvest festival catered to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the community! Favorite activities include: apple cider pressing, eco face-painting, s’mores around the fire pit, organic soups, harvest muffins, animal friends, forest play and nature-crafting, live music, outdoor yoga, storytelling in the meadow, and more! Donation based/pay-as-you-will
Saturday, October 12th
Meeker Mansion hosts their annual Cider Squeeze on Saturday, October 12th. Squeeze apples for some fresh cider, pick out a carving pumpkin, visit a favorite vendor, or munch on apple treats from the snack shack.
Wild Hare Organic Farm Puyallup/Tacoma
Wild Hare does not offer u pick, but they do host preschool and homeschool tour groups. They also have organic produce available for purchase year round in their farm store. 2019 fall field trips are booked, but you can sign up to get a reminder for the 2020 season.
Steilacoom Historical Museum Association hosts their annual Apple Squeeze on Sunday, October 6th. Make fresh squeezed cider and purchase apple treats. Last year’s event included apple trees for sale and an apple expert on hand to answer questions, along with children’s activities, pony rides, and more. If you’re new to the area, this is a lovely town, with an old-fashioned charm.
Lattin’s has traditionally held an Apple Festival, beginning the last weekend of September and running through the last weekend of October. I don’t see info. posted yet, but in the past this has included special apple treats and apples for sale.
If you want to actually Pick apples, the Curran Orchard in University Place is where to go. Their annual apple squeeze event has past, but you can still pick apples. Here is the scoop from their fb page. Thanks to Kelly, who shared this with the V253Recommends group-a must-join for Tacoma area parents. Do note that you cannot pick from trees that have been, “Adopted.” If you want a sure thing next year, you may want to adopt a tree yourself!
The Pierce County Gleaning Project sends volunteers to pick crops that would otherwise go to waste. They are donated to area food banks, and volunteers usually get to keep some as well! I don’t know a whole lot of details about this program, but I sure think it’s cool. You can check it out and register as a gleaner. Do note that spots often go fast! If you have your own crops going to waste, you can also get in touch with them!
Beyond the South Sound
With the exception of the options mentioned above, if you want to have the kiddos pick lots of apples right off the tree, you’re going to have to find a generous neighbor (try finding your local Buy Nothing group on Facebook), or take a road trip. The closest options are found north, in Skagit County. To really multiply your options, you can head east over the mountains. Lauren of NWTripFinder has some fun spots in both areas. Btw, if you’re here via NWTripFinder, welcome! Our specialty is South Sound adventures, and we’d love to have you come back again!
There will also be lots of farm festivals and pumpkin patch fun in the weeks to come. Look for our updated guides to those soon. If you can’t wait, check out this fun post: