Over the past few years we’ve developed a little tradition when we visit Craig’s parents in Spokane. When we first moved to Washington five years ago we were living in The Tri-Cities about three hours south of Spokane. During our first month in our new home Molly and I made the trip up to Spokane to visit with Randy and Robbie (Craig’s parents) and his brother Mick his wife Kim and their two kids.
Mick and Kim were in town for a wedding so it seemed like the perfect time for everyone to get together. Craig had to stay in the Tri-Cities for work and since I was still without a job I was a free bird! (Although fun fact, I got a phone call from my old boss Noe saying I’d been hired at In Home Medical while I was on this trip so I wasn’t unemployed for long.) That weekend we all took a drive up to Green Bluff which is a large group of small family farms and food stands.
Visitors can enjoy purchasing locally grown fruit and veggies, pick-your-own fruit and a number of yearly festivals. There are even Christmas Tree farms for those who prefer freshly cut trees. This first visit sparked an “accidental tradition” so that whenever we are in Spokane in the late summer or early fall months we head up to the Harvest House for lunch. Recently we found ourselves in Spokane and decided to make our trip up the mountain for fresh fruit and a great sandwich lunch.
The Harvest House is a family farm that has u-pick peaches and apples. The first time I was there in 2010 I picked apples and the next year we picked pumpkins.
The Harvest House also has a giant corn maze. I know there are lots of these types of farms in Washington, but what makes Green Bluff so unique is that there are 35 farms open to the public all in one location. So you can pick apples at one farm, get lunch at another and snag some ice cream at another on the way out.
I like to daydream about living the farm life, but honestly I know it is hard work and I was built for air conditioning and Netflix. So for now I’ll enjoy my little garden and leave the farming to the professionals.