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.
Fall in the valley is always a homerun in my book; the days are crisp and so are the apples. In a last ditch effort the valley gives one last hurrah of bountiful produce and the trees deck themselves out in a full on color war – there is nothing like a maple tree with blazing neon leaves to make you stop and enjoy all that fall has to offer.
In keeping with the season and showcasing the bounty, be sure to check out several local farms that will be putting the nutmeg on the top of your pumpkin spice latte. Grab the kids, pull out the sweaters, and get ready to stock up on all that is in store.
Bills Berry Farm in Grandview: every Friday and Saturday through October you can have the quint essential fall experience at Bills. Hay rides – check, pumpkin patch – check, apple picking, cider presses, hot donuts, check, check, and check! Don’t be the only one not checking this out.
Barrett Orchards in Naches Heights: every weekend through October can have your pantry stocked with apples, cider, and plenty of pumpkins for carving. Get lost in the hay maze or take a hay ride and be sure to stock up on several specialty food items that are made right here in the valley.
Thompson’s Farm and Pumpkin Patch: Farm animals, hay rides, pumpkins, a corn maze, and a pumpkin cannon will have you wishing that fall was an eternal season down at Thompson’s where the weekends in October are the only time you can partake in these fall festivities.
Jones Farm: Have you ever slid down a giant hay slide? Well you can down at Jones’ Farm in the lower valley. They also have a hay maze, pumpkins, and a duck pond.
Schell’s Corn Maze and Fall Fun Land: Grab your compass and pack a snack as you prepare to hike through Schell’s corn maze. Once you’ve found your way out, be sure to check out the farm animals, launch a couple of pumpkins with the pumpkin chucker, and re-stock your fall arsenal.
Union Gap Corn Maze: As if the idea of never finding your way out of a corn maze wasn’t scary enough, the Union Gap Corn Maze has one with ghouls and goblins lurking within. Check it out at night for a spooktacular good time.
Last call to pick up fresh produce at the Yakima Farmers Market is October 26th.
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