Fall Fruit

Harvest happenings are here



WHAT: Fall Fruit Extravaganza
WHEN: 10am-5pm Thurs.-Sat., October 1-31
WHERE: Order online or by phone for pick-up at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd., Everson

WHAT: U-Pick Apples
WHEN: 10am-5pm Wed.-Sun. through Oct. 31
WHERE: Bellewood Farms & Distillery, 6140 Guide Meridian

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We regret to inform you that the Cloud Mountain Farm Center has canceled its annual Fall Fruit Festival—a two-day affair taking place every October in Everson that gives visitors the chance to taste-test more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables grown at the teaching farm, purchase plants, query staff about small- and large-scale gardening projects, and take home piles of goodies for use in the kitchen.

Luckily, a Fall Fruit Extravaganza has been planned in its place and will extend the harvest happenings throughout the month. Although the farm and nursery are currently closed for in-person shopping due to coronavirus concerns, those wanting to stock up on fresh fruit, veggies and nursery products can still safely do so.

Every Friday through Tuesday throughout October, place orders online or over the phone for five-pound bags of apples, pears, gallons of fresh apple cider, grapes and a variety of squash. Additionally, “Farmers’ Choice” Tasting Boxes can be had for $20. Inside, you’ll find a selection of fruit picked at the peak of its flavor. Everything will be labeled and described, and suggested recipes and tips for growing will also be included. Expect the edible assortment to change every week, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Order by noon on Tuesday for pickup Thursday through Saturday, and you’ll have what you need for weekend cooking projects. At the same time, nab discounted fruit trees and other nursery staples such as culinary herbs, vegetable and flower seeds, grapevines and more. Sales benefit the center, which helps grow new farmers through internship and incubator programs, educates home gardeners, and works tirelessly to increase the diversity of fruit varieties grown in Western Washington.

For those hoping to choose their own fruit, Bellewood Farms & Distillery will continue to open its 62-acre farm to the public for U-pick opportunities through Oct. 31. Not only can people choose from among 22 varieties of apples in the orchard—or in the store, where COVID-19 protocols are in place—but educational opportunities for both kids and adults will also be available.

“It’s good for everyone to know where their food comes from and how things grow,” Bellewood Farms President Eric Abel says. “Even if people don’t pick their own apples, they can enjoy the free apple bin train ride through the orchard and farm. When children reach dead ends in the corn maze, they’ll see signs with answers to agriculture questions and will receive a prize when they return with the answers.”

Meanwhile, their adult counterparts can learn more about which apple varieties are best suited for baking, sauces, storing and snacking while they grab cider donuts and kettle corn to pass around. And, since fall has officially arrived, it’s a good idea to drop by Bellewood’s pumpkin field before you head home with your haul.

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