Green Bluff - Fresh Fruit, Family Fun, Wine Tasting and More!

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Spend a day in Green Bluff picking delicious tree ripened fruit, wine tasting or browsing for some unique gifts. You can even take a ride in a hay wagon into the orchard to pick your own. It's a great time for the whole family.

Green Bluff is located northeast of Spokane and is an easy 30 minute drive from downtown Spokane.

The Greenbluff Growers association has been around since 1902 and is now made up of 31 farms. The unique thing is that the farms are concentrated in a 12 square mile area that makes up Green Bluff.

  •  Green Bluff Apple Barn

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    Apple varieties displayed on a barn at Hansen's farm.

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  • Scarecrow at Greenbluff

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    A Scarecrow welcomes you at Hansen's Farm.

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  • Apples on the Tree

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    Apples are ready to pick usually in early October

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  • Hay Maze at Knapp's Farm

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    Knapp's farm huge hay maze (admission is free but donations are appreciated)

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  • Knapp's Farm

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    Knapp's Farm, home to the punkin-chunkin cannon

  • Knapp's Punkin-Chunkin Cannon

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    Knapp's punkin-chunkin cannon

  • Knapp's Farm

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    Antique carriage at Knapp's Farm

  • Walter's Farm in Fall

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    Pumpkin picking at Walter's Farm

  • Fall Scene at Hanson's Farm

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    One of Hanson's scarecrows hanging out in the flower garden

  • Peach Season in Green Bluff

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    August is peach season in Green Bluff

  • Harvest House

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    Harvest House in the Fall

The summer growing season runs from May until November and is always a fun place to spend a day. There are farms that grow strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches and a host of other fruits and veggies and now there are a couple wineries that are also located in the area. That could be a nice diversion for Mom and Dad after spending a long day in the car with the kids or the in-laws.

We go to Greenbluff to pick peaches, apples, cherries and black berries that my wife cans or freezes to use for pies and other desserts. The farms that we frequent have been a reliable source for these fruit over the years and going to visit them has been a fun family diversion in the summer and fall. Please keep in mind that the growers that I mention are our favorites but there are many others that are equally as good.

One of our favorites is Hidden Acres which is located on Day Road on the east loop of the bluff. Since they are one of the larger growers we can usually find all of the fruit we are looking for in one place. They have a small country store where you can buy take home pies, jams and other goodies as well as fruit that is already picked and ready to take home. In the fall when the apples are are in season they have fun activities for the kids like hay rides, a corn maze and other fun activities.

 

Another of the larger growers is Harvest House located at the "T" of Day-Mt Spokane and Green Bluff Road. They have U-Pick as well as already picked fruit available in the country store.

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They have made a lot of improvements to their operation over the years which has resulted in a very nice country store where you can buy your fruit already in a box or maybe pick up a fresh pie to take home.

 

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There is also a nice covered patio where you can enjoy an ice cream or a full lunch from the Country Kitchen. One thing that I didn't know is that they have a wine area in the store where they offer wine tasting and also have a wine patio where you can enjoy that bottle of wine that you purchased while taking in the view of Mt Spokane and the orchards.

Fall in Green Bluff

In the fall things really pick up as the harvest is in full swing. As Halloween gets closer it's a great time to bring the kids up to Green Bluff to pick out that special pumpkin. Each year the Fall Festival gets bigger and better.

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Plan on going up on any weekend in October and enjoy the Green Bluff Harvest Festival, but plan on getting an early start because the traffic really picks by the afternoon. If the weather is nice it's not uncommon to get caught in a long line of traffic waiting at the "T" intersection at Bruce road and Day Mt. Spokane road.

This is also true of the intersection of Day Mt.Spokane and E. Green Bluff Road in fact in recent years it has become necessary to have the Spokane Co. Sherriff direct traffic at this intersection on busy weekends.

Green Bluff Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Making Fresh Donuts at Harvest House

There are tons of activities for the whole family such as corn mazes (hay bale mazes for the younger kids), horse drawn hay rides, pony rides, petting zoos, and of course great food and musical entertainment.

During the month of October there are booths selling arts and crafts in and around the Green Bluff Grange Hall and Fire Department building.

One of our favorite treats are the fresh pumpkin Spice Donuts that Harvest House sells. The last time we went up the line to buy donuts was wrapped all the way around the building to the parking lot!

The bigger farms have more activities that draw the big crowds but don't miss out on what the smaller farms have to offer. Many sell freshly made Apple Cider as well as boxes of apples and other farm fresh produce.

Walters Farm has it's own rides as well as my favorite, the corn cannon! It's powered by compressed air and can almost launch a corn cobs into orbit. The kids love the wiggle worm ride which consists of a segmented worm made out of 50 gallon drums towed by a tractor.

Siemers Corn Maze

By far the most popular activity in the Fall are the corn mazes. I get more inquiries about them than anything else. Most people want to know how much it costs and which farms have them. There are two farms that have corn mazes (that I know of), Harvest House and Siemers.

The one at Siemers has been around the longest and is the most elaborate. It even has a castle in the middle.

I think 2010 is the first year that Harvest House has had a corn maze and it is also good size. They also have a hay bale maze for the younger kids and you can buy a ticket (bracelet) for one or both that is good all day.

Green Bluff Corn Maze Information

Siemers

Harvest House

 

One Trip Day Pass

All Day With Bracelet (till 6 PM)

2 -11

$5.00

$10.00

Corn Maze $8.00 Both $10.00 Kids < 2 Yrs Free with Adult

12 & Older

$7.00

$12.00

Fun House $5.00

 

There is also live entertainment going on as you buy that caramel apple or that box of apples to take home. There is more than enough fun for the whole family during the fall as each farm puts it's own spin on the harvest season.

Plan on visiting more than one farm because each one is unique in the way they celebrate the harvest. This is definitely a must-see day trip if you are in Spokane during the Fall.

 

 

 

Wine Tasting in Green Bluff

Trezzi Farm

One grower that we recently discovered through a friend is Trezzi Farm (Green Bluff Grower #33). Davide & Stephanie Trezzi specialize in Northern Italian food and wine. They offer catering and also produce a selection of frozen Italian food that you can purchase at the barn to take home.

 

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When you walk into their barn you a immediately hit with the wonderful smell of Italian food cooking. They have a list of different Italian sauces to choose from so we had to buy some to take home a try for ourselves.

 

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It's tough job but somebody has to do it! It might as well be us.

We ended up buying some of the delicious meat balls in Marinara sauce, Polenta Marinara w/Cheese, and some Pesto sauce. So far all the items we have tried is top notch. We'll be returning for more.

 

They also have an Italian wine vineyard on the farm that is producing grapes for their Barbera wine which is now available for purchase. This wine goes great with wonderful Italian food that they make.

Update Summer 2010: The tasting room is open!

I finally made it up to check out the new tasting room and it's definitely worth your time to pay a visit. It costs $3 to taste the two wines that they have available and includes a paring of food to go with it.

Visit their web site for more information and hours of operation.

Townshend Cellar

Townshend winery is located on a hill off of Greenbluff road and is great place to stop as you leave the bluff. The tasting room is open Fri, Sat and Sun from Noon until 6:00 pm. They have a nice tasting room where they offer a full selection of their wines to sample as well as a really nice selection of wine accessories and gifts. It seems like I always meet some nice people when I go wine tasting. Pictured below is a couple that I met from Seattle that were visiting for the weekend. All in all it was nice way to spend the afternoon. Nice company, great wine, what more could you ask for!

Spokane Green Bluff

16112 N. Greenbluff Rd
Colbert WA, 99005
(509) 238 - 1400

Visit the Townshend Cellar web site for info.