The harvest season is in full swing, and nothing says fall like crisp, juicy apples. Whether you'd like to pluck some right off the tree at a local farm or just enjoy seasonal treats like portable hand pies at Bakeshop and Baker and Spice and mochi doughnuts at Chewyy and Coco Donuts, we've rounded up several options so you can choose your own adventure. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.
FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS
Kim Boyce's whole-grain-focused bakery is serving brown butter apple pie with walnut streusel, as well as adorable brown butter apple hand pies if you're just looking for a sweet afternoon snack.
Blue Star Donuts
The grown-up donut shop has introduced Apple Brandy Crumble, a vanilla cake donut with Clear Creek Distillery barrel-aged apple brandy glaze and a salted Marcona almond crumble.
Pre-order and curbside pickup
Baker & Spice
The cozy bakery has an applesauce bundt cake coated in a boozy rum glaze and walnuts, as well as flaky golden apple hand pies. For a savory option, try their ham and apple butter sandwich on buttery whole wheat brioche.
Trade in frosé for something a little more autumnal with Cascade Brewing's "From Autumn With Love," a frosty blend of their Cranberry 2016 and Vine 2015 brews with fresh spiced apple juice.
Southeast and Beaverton
Pickup and in-person
The native- and Chicana-owned plant-based frozen dessert shop has brought back their take on a caramel apple: the cheekily named Apple Bottom, a sour green apple paleta filled with Bloom Caramel, peanuts, and sprinkles. Owner Rebecca Smith calls it "always and forever" her favorite popsicle.
Nacheaux Food Cart
The Mexican-Southern fusion food cart is pulling out all the stops for fall with their new autumn specials, including blended apple cider and raspberry apple cider.
The Pie Spot
This homey pie bakery's latest fall special is brandy apple crumb.
Pickup and delivery
Unicorn Bake Shop
This playful bakery has an array of Halloween sweets, including green macarons adorned with a Frankenstein-like scar and filled with caramel apple buttercream.
Pickup and delivery
The ever-irreverent doughnut stalwart's newest special is the Apple Crumble, a raised yeast doughnut with chunky apple jelly, caramel frosting, and crushed gingersnaps. A portion of proceeds from every Apple Crumble sold will go to the Jack and Jill Foundation.
Pickup, in-person, or delivery
FARMS & U-PICKS
Bays Family Farm
You can find several apple varieties, including Ashmead's Kernel, Auvil Fuji, Rubinstar Jonagold, and Spitzenberg, at this family-owned farm in Bays, which is open for picking on Saturdays through December. (If you're interested in other fruits, they also have several pear and grape varieties for picking.) There's also an assortment of pre-picked Chehalis, Cox Orange Pippin, Gravenstein, and Honeycrisp apples available for purchase from their cooler. This year, the farm is taking several safety measures, including masks and social distancing, and they ask that visitors only use their bathroom if absolutely necessary due to not being able to sanitize between every use. Cash and cards are both accepted for payment.
This family-owned fruit orchard in Beaverton features a family-friendly "short orchard" with plenty of low-hanging fruit, so no ladders are necessary for picking. This week, from October 15-17, they will be closing out their U-pick season with their annual "ugly fruit sale," which offers apples with cosmetic blemishes at a discount for 50 cents a pound, so it's a great opportunity to stock up for pies, preserves, and other cooking projects. Varieties include Fuji, Jonagold, Gala, Golden Delicious, Braeburn, and Winesap. Pets are not allowed, and the farm asks that you take social distancing precautions, including wearing a mask, washing hands, social distancing, not eating while picking fruit, and picking the fruit you touch.
This fifth-generation U-pick farm located on Sauvie Island is available for apple picking by reservation only and has Golden Delicious and Criterion apples. Masks are required, eating is not allowed in the fields, and you're asked to use the containers provided by the farm and leave your own at home to minimize the spread of COVID. Cash is preferred, but card and direct farm checks are accepted as well.
Oregon Heritage Farms
At this fourth-generation apple farm in Scholls, you'll also find apple cider donuts and apple cider slushies, apple pie, a picnic area, farm animals (including goats, sheep, and pigs), and a pumpkin patch. U-pick is not available, but you can purchase pre-picked apples and treats in-person or online. Varieties include Jonagold, Gala, Gravenstein, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Red Delicious, and Ambrosia. Plus, during happy hour (weekdays from 3-5 pm or all day online), you can get a half dozen apple cider donuts and an apple cider slushie for $5.