Making Memories at Greenbluff
By Sarah Carleton
Last week I took our youngest kiddo up to Greenbluff to take a peak around and enjoy an afternoon together while the 2 older kids were at school. It was a gorgeous quintessential Fall day. The sun was shining and the skies were the most perfect blue. If you aren't a Spokane local or aren't familiar with Greenbluff it's an area Northeast of Spokane that covers acres and acres of privately owned farms and orchards. Depending on the season you can find the following for sale: raspberries, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, rhubarb, corn, winter squash, pumpkins, peaches, apples, summer squash, beets, onions, gourds, herbs, garlic and much more.
I have been visiting Greenbluff for over 20 years. I remember back to when one of the farms had a Ferris wheel. Yes, a Ferris wheel. It was amazing as you would go up, up, up and be able to see for what felt like forever over the tops of the apple trees and all across the bluff. So as you can imagine Greenbluff holds very special memories for our family as visiting it has become a Fall tradition. We have pictures of each of our kiddos as little tikes on their first visit to Greenbluff. The love of the land and appreciation of it runs deeply in us so going to Greenbluff each year is memorable and fun way to celebrate the end of the growing season and all that that season has meant. When you combine caramel apples, tractor rides, hay bales, pumpkin donuts, corn mazes, October skies, long orchard rows, pumpkin patches, kettle corn, pony rides and farm animals you can't help but have a grand time and make some lasting memories. So consider taking a trip to Greenbluff through the month of October to slow down, breathe some fresh country air, make some special memories and support some local farmers.
If you are interested in visiting Greenbluff, there is a great website that is a very helpful resource called Greenbluff Growers. It lists 59 "Growers" on the bluff along with "Events", what is "Fresh on the Bluff", and information about the "Cherry Pickers Trot" and "History".
Below I have listed 7 of the farms along with their address, phone number, hours and website.
8518 E. Green Bluff Road Colbert, WA 99005 509-238-9545
Sunday-Thursday 10AM-5PMFriday 10AM-5:30PM Saturday 9AM-5:30PM
8215 E. Green Bluff Road Colbert, WA 99005 509-238-4902
Current HOURS: Open 7 days a week 10AM-4PM
N. 16904 Day Mt. Spokane Rd. Mead, WA 99021 509-238-6919
Current HOURS: Closed on Sunday and Monday Open Tuesday - Saturday 8AM-5PM
9919 Greenbluff Road Colbert, WA 99005 509-238-6970
Current HOURS: Open 7 days a week 9AM-6PM
9807 E. Day Rd. Mead, WA 99021 509-238-4709
Current HOURS: Open 7 days a week 9AM-5PM
11125 E. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. Mead, WA 99021 509-238-6242
Current HOURS: Open 7 days a week 10AM-6PM
10909 E. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. Mead, WA 99021 509-238-9473
Closed on Mondays Open Tuesday - Sunday 7:30AM-5PM
Be sure to keep the following in mind when visiting Greenbluff:
Be respectful of the farms and the "No trespassing" signs. These farmers are inviting you onto their land and into their lives so be sure to be respectful and kind to their land, it's their livelihood.
You just never know what kind of weather you are going to get. It's always a good idea to bring a jacket and hat as it can be windy and rainy being that it's October.
Weekends are the busiest. The farms that attract more traffic can get quite busy so be prepared as there may be some lines when parking and there will most certainly be lines for buying pumpkin donuts. Hehe.
Bringing cash is a good idea. Many of the farms accept debit/credit but some don't. Some of the farms do have a ATM machines but they are few and far between.
Since these are farms after all there will be plenty of dirt and possibly mud. So I wouldn't suggest wearing your favorite pair of white shoes.
If you are going on a weekday some of the attractions and activities may not be available so you may want to call ahead.
All pictures were taken at Siemers, Walts Fruit Ranch and Beck's Harvest House
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