Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
I LOVE this time of year in the Yakima Valley. The days are still warm, mornings are crisp and cool and evening sunsets are breathtaking. The fall foliage is on display from Grandview to Naches, and area farms are celebrating the bounty of harvest time with young and old alike. Below are local farms with special festivities and events happening this month promising something to do every weekend in October.Bills Berry Farm in Grandview: Pick ripe, juicy apples off the trees, squeeze your own fresh apple juice, enjoy warm apple cider doughnuts. There is a hay ride through the orchards, corn mazes for kids and adults, fire pits to sit by to warm up. Choose your pumpkins decorations, from small to large pumpkins and gourds in the open fields.
The kids will enjoy petting the farm animals, the barnyard train ride and the pony rides. It is easy to spend the day playing at the farm. BBQ burgers, hotdogs and chili are available for lunch. There are picnic tables to enjoy your meal while listening to live music. There are numerous photo opportunities, play areas, even a tire swing and tree house. Bills Berry Farm is open Fridays and Saturdays during the month of October. Admission is free. $5
Washington’s Fruit Place and Gift Shop @ Barrett Orchards in Yakima, celebrates October Days. Every weekend in October enjoy farm fresh apple cider squeeze, a Pumpkin Patch, hay maze and hay rides all for free. Donations only. Also school tours are being booked for weekdays in October.
Thompson’s Farm Pumpkin Patch in Naches. Friday and Saturdays in October enjoy hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin cannon and life on the farm with farm animals for viewing. Free admission . Pumpkin Patch School Tours are available weekdays during the month of October. The tours include hayrides, a corn maze, one pumpkin that the child can carry, farm setting, pumpkin cannon firing, and farm animals for viewing. Plan for two hours .
Jones Farms in Zillah. During the month of October come pick out your pumpkin for carving, buy your apple for those apple pies. Enjoy the picnic area, duck pond, and awesome hay maze.
Schells Massive Corn Maze and Harvest Funland, 10 Harris Road, Toppenish WA October 4-31.
The Union Gap Corn Maze has evening hours on the weekends for the older kids who like might be looking for a little fright in their night.
Come out to the Yakima Valley with the whole family and enjoy the warm days of the fall harvest. For more information about activities and events happening in the Yakima Valley visit our friends at www.visityakima.com
The Yakima Farmers' Market, one of the premier fresh produce and crafts markets in Central and Eastern Washington will close up shop for the season Sunday, October 27. The market is located in the heart of downtown Yakima, Washington and is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
With the Valley in the full throws of Fall you are promised wonderful apples, pears, pumpkins, squash and more when you visit, not to mention the artisan bakeries, gourmet cheeses and arts and crafts. Don’t miss out on stocking up before it’s too late.