Experience the Fall Harvest in Tualatin Valley
Many people who live here will attest that autumn is the best time of year to visit Tualatin Valley. Not only are the leaves changing—making this a perfect destination for leaf-peeping—but the harvest season is chock-full of things to see and do. Get a taste of fall with harvest season in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.
What do Spitzenberg, King and Cox Orange Pippin all have in common? They are the varietal names of some truly delicious heirloom apples that aren’t necessarily available at your local grocery store. There is nothing tastier than a freshly picked apple. Get out into the farm and enjoy the fruits of your labor—literally—at these u-pick apple farms:
- Oregon Heritage Farms (ready-picked; open daily)
- Smith Berry Barn (u-pick; open Tuesday-Sunday)
While many of Tualatin Valley’s farmers markets close for the season at the end of September, the Beaverton Farmers Market continues to attract visitors from all over for its fresh produce, artisan foods and festive atmosphere. The Beaverton market is Tualatin Valley’s only year-round outdoor market.
What’s in season? Apples, heirloom tomatoes and plums, bell, poblano and sweet peppers, leeks and onions and more. Even if you don’t buy any produce, there are plenty of farm-fresh treats to purchase, such as jams and jellies, honey, and even soaps.
Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes
October is the time for pumpkins, and in Tualatin Valley, beat the Portland area crowds and the craziness and spend more time enjoying the festive fields of the countryside. Pick a pumpkin from a patch. Get lost in a corn maze. Play a game of pumpkin bowling. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smell of autumn.