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Apple U-Pick Orchards in Polk County, Oregon in 2022, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for apples that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have apples orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Polk County

  • Apple Haven Farm - apples, U-pick and already picked
    10 Miles West Of The Salem Marion Street Bridge, Rickreall, OR 97371. Phone: 503-835-5045. Open: Call to make an appointment for picking; Many times available except November 16 to 21. Directions: Call for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We started picking in early November and will pick through December or until the Braeburn apples have been completely harvested. Our acres of Braeburn apples have produced a beautiful crop this year and will make a great addition to your holiday. At only 40 cents per pound, our apples are excellent for pies, crips, sauce or dipped fresh into carmel.
  • Perryhill Farm - blueberries, peaches, cherries and apples
    5775 Perrydale Rd, Dallas, OR 97338. Phone: (503) 623-4539. Open: See our website or Facebook page for current hours and availability before you go. Click here for a map and directions.
    Perryhill Farm Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates: Blueberries Late June to early September. Peaches Late July to early September. Apples Mid September to Late October. Cherries Late June to mid July. (UPDATED: July 04, 2018) (ADDED: May 01, 2015, JBS)

Apple picking tips:

Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.  Once they are picked, they stop ripening. Picking apples directly from a tree is easy. Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don't pull straight away from the tree. If two apples are joined together at the top, both will come away at the same time. Don't shake the trees or branches.  If the apple you are trying to pick drops, (or others on the tree) go ahead and pick it up. They're perfectly fine! But do wash them before you eat them! More info: How to tell when apples are ripe

  • Once picked, don't throw the apples into the baskets, place them in gently, or they will bruise and go bad more quickly.
  • Don't wash apples until just before using to prevent spoilage.
  • For an explanation of why apple slices turn brown and how to stop it, see this page!
  • Keep apples cool after picking to increase shelf life.  A cool basement is ideal, but the fruit/vegetable drawer of a refrigerator will work, too.  A refrigerator is fine for small quantities of apples. Boxed apples need to be kept in a cool, dark spot where they won't freeze. Freezing ruptures all of an apple's cells, turning it into one large bruise overnight. The usual solution is to store apples in a root cellar. But root cellars often have potatoes in them: apples and potatoes should never be stored in the same room because, as they age, potatoes release an otherwise ethylene gas, which makes apples spoil faster. If you can keep the gas away from your apples, they will keep just fine. Just don't store them right next to potatoes.
    Prevent contact between apples stored for the winter by wrapping them individually in sheets of newspaper. The easiest way to do this is to unfold a section of newspaper all the way and tear it into quarters. Then stack the wrapped apples . See more here: How to store apples at home
  • Apples don't improve or "ripen" after being picked - this is an urban myth - see this page for the truth - with references!

Which apple variety is best?

There are tens of thousands of varieties of apples, developed over centuries. They vary in sugar, acoidity, flavors, storing, crispness and many other attributes. See our guides to apple varieties:

Canning apples - fully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions

Recipes, illustrated with step by step instructions

Using fresh apples and miscellaneous

 

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


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