Jones Creek Farms. Photo credit: Leicia Phinney, by permission
1. Jones Creek Farms, Sedro Woolley
Jones Creek Farms is a small, family-run operation in the fertile Skagit Valley, an area that was once dotted with apple orchards. It’s your best bet in the Puget Sound region for heirloom varieties of apples, as they have more than 100 unique varieties on their organically maintained orchard (mix a few different kinds together in the crockpot for delicious apple butter). Beyond apples, the farm offers U-pick Asian pears, squash and pumpkins.
Get pickin': U-pick is open from mid-August through October, with special COVID-19 protocols in place. Check the website for updates on U-pick hours and availability. Varieties include Akane, Belmac, Bramley's Seedling, Dayton, Kerri Pippin, Liberty, Pristine, Scarlet Ohara, William's Pride, Moulton's Pride Crab, Arlie Red, Gold Rush and more (check the products page on their website for full listing). Pears and plums also available for U-pick when ripe. Garlic available for purchase.