Weekends in October present the best opportunity to get lost in a corn maze, wander through a pumpkin patch and test out pumpkin-flavored everything.
With a total of 63 farms, Green Bluff Growers is the best place to visit in Spokane during the fall if you’re looking for festive activities and fall-flavored treats.
Fortunately, many of these farms are open, outdoor spaces and quite spread out, so COVID-19 concerns have not overtaken its ability to host festivals and visitors. The farms are taking precautions and requiring reservations for the weekends, which is when things get busiest.
About 20 minutes north of Gonzaga University, the farms are spread out over a 12-mile stretch of land protected for agricultural purposes. We know 63 farms can be a bit intimidating, so here are a few that are a must this fall.
HIGH COUNTRY ORCHARD
With a fall festival, a café with everything from grilled cheese to pumpkin donuts and fresh pumpkins and apples, this farm is a great first stop on the Green Bluff loop.
The farm also hosts weddings and parties, so the scenery and photo-ops are to die for. As the leaves change color and fall wardrobes start emerging, group pictures will be amazing at this location.
During its fall festival, which is daily rather than only on weekends, the farm has great things for all ages. Petting zoos, mini golf and fall-inspired brews are a few things to look forward to during the week, but on the weekends, a small farmers market for local goods, hayrides and live music are exclusive events.
In addition to all the amazing outdoor activities, the farm’s two-story shop is a good place to take a break from the autumn chill. Clothes, handmade jewelry, fun fall decor and all kinds of preserves can be found in this adorable market.
The farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and no reservations are required.
BECK'S HARVEST HOUSE
This farm is well-known for its old-fashioned country store and kitchen. Homemade pies, sandwiches, honeys, loose-leaf teas and more are offered in the adorable, homey shop.
Reservations are required for the fall festival due to COVID-19 restrictions. These reservations are two- hour time slots at $5 per carload and do not include the family fun-land. The passes allow entrance to the shops, pumpkin land, live music and exclusive access to the farm’s world-famous pumpkin donuts.
Todd Beck, the owner of the farm, says that his favorite things about fall festival are the live music and the drink deck, which offers a large selection of local beer, wine, mead and hard ciders.
“We also offer the biggest corn maze on Green Bluff, a 5 acre corn maze which is definitely a must hit for the college kids, it’s a lot of fun,” Beck said.
The farm, along with the café and store, is open to anyone during the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and open on weekends with reservations.
WALTER'S FRUIT RANCH
From a three-ton dried pea pit to the largest selection of hard cider, Walter’s has something for everyone.
A fall festival runs on the weekends where $5 per carload is required for reservations and access to other activities can be purchased for an additional $5 on the day you attend. Activities include live music, a pallet maze with a three-story high tower that overlooks Green Bluff and a corn cannon that, if you can manage to get the corn into a bucket, has a $100 prize.
For the kids, or anyone looking for some child-like fun, Walter’s also has a giant barn slide, hamster wheels, rubber duck races and the “wiggle-worm,” which is a small ride that tours the farm.
Jason Morrell, an owner of the farm, says that his recommendations for people are the pumpkin donuts — even if you’ve had some from another farm — and the “frootloop” express, which is a larger version of the “wiggle-worm.”
The farm also offers U-pick apples, pumpkin patches and sunflowers, and has an amazing shop filled with all kinds of mixes, sauces, take-and-bake pies and so much more.
“Green Bluff never looks better than in fall," Morrell said. "The orange pumpkins, red leaves, and warm spices in the air is exactly what fall should be like.”
Walter’s is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and reservation slots for the weekends.
This farm is unique in many ways, but the most obvious is its signature restaurant: Castle Pizza.
Pizza isn’t the first thought that many have when spending an afternoon at Green Bluff farms, especially not inside a small castle. But the warm food in the cold fall weather draws in little kids and adults alike.
Overlooking the Spokane area, this farm is also a great venue for pictures and events, which the farm hosts throughout the year. Birthday parties, wedding receptions and field trips are popular at this beautiful farm.
For the fall festival, Seimers offers the basics like veggies, a pumpkin patch and a hedge maze. They also have things like a pirate ship playground, tractor rides and a market for local vendors to sell their products.
Festival reservations are not required for this farm, so visits to the store and fields are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Castle Pizza is only open on weekends, Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.