In the upper Skagit Valley you will find 34 acres of beautiful orchards located right along the Jones Creek, hence the name Jones Creek Farm. Filled with around 200 varieties of heirloom apples, pears, peaches, and garlic, Les Price, farmer and owner of Jones Creek Farm spends his days harvesting fruit for market, running his U-Pick operation, and experimenting with new products.
The first thing you’ll notice when arriving at the farm is the big red barn, known as the ‘Apple Core Store’ where you can buy fresh picked fruit and other fun local treats. If you have a bit more time to hang around, on the weekends during peak season you can drop by to pick your own apples straight from the tree.
Les prides himself on growing unique, heirloom varieties of apples that are difficult to find elsewhere in Washington. You definitely won’t see the bright pink-fleshed Arlie’s Red or lumpy-looking Callvile Blank D’hiver varieties at the grocery store, but they can be found in abundance at Jones Creek Farm. Les has even experimented and created some of his own apple varieties, including the tart and crunchy “Winter Mac” that resembles the flavor and texture of the beloved Macintosh, but lasts much longer into the autumn season.
Apples may be what Jones Creek Farm is known for, but there is so much else going on at this farm. Over the past few years, Les has experimented with growing figs and Meyer lemons (!) in his greenhouse. If you are one of the lucky few you may be able to snag some of these specialty items at the market, but they sell out fast!
Before you leave, make sure to say hi to Joey, the farm’s pygmy goat. For a little goat he really has so much to say.
You can find Les and his many apples at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market every Sunday from July through December.
Article by Leah Litwak