Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year and growing up we always went apple picking in the Fall. I can remember piling in the car and heading to Grand Isle (Vermont) for the yearly apple festival and we would stop at the orchards to pick apples, eat apple cider doughnuts and sip apple cider. While you won’t find apple festivals in Oregon, apple cider doughnuts and you don’t get that Fall smell (New Englanders/Upstate New Yorkers know what I am talking about) you can still find a few u-pick apple orchards most of which are in the Hood River area.
We had a bit of trouble finding an orchard that still had apples because due to the hot weather the apples have ripened 2-3 weeks earlier than normal. After finding out that our first two picks were out of apples we finally (at 11pm the night before) we found Mt View Orchards and it certainly lived up to it’s mountain view name.
Once we arrived at the orchard we found out that they had not only 70 varieties of apples to pick but also Italian plums and a few different varieties of pears. The best part they were only $0.50 per pound!! We ended up heading home with 40lbs of fruit – I see lots of dried fruit, pies, baked apples and stewed fruit in our future.
We picked and picked and picked. The kids had so much fun picking the fruit, munching on plums and running through the orchard. Mt View even had a hay ride through the orchard, a few animals including a Texas longhorn and a play area for the kids. The staff and owners were friendly and helpful as well which just made the experience even better. The only thing I could have asked for was a crisp Fall New England day (haha).