Choose from Three Options
- $12 for a farm tour for two and 2 lbs. of fruit ($20 value)
- $20 for a farm tour for four and 4 lbs. of Fruit for Four ($40 value)
- $30 for an apple tasting for up to 4 with the farmer, 20 select apples, and a half-gallon of apple cider ($60 value)
A person could visit Skipley Farm many times and never come close to trying all the varieties of fruit grown here, which is just the way founder Gil Schieber likes it. In 2008, he founded the boutique orchard in the Cascadian foothills, and has since built an extremely diverse harvest bounty, from pears and sweet cherries to serviceberries and quinces. Though all these fruits are important to the Skipley biosphere, none hold a candle to its main event: the apples.
He has planted more than 1,900 apple trees, which yield a selection of 170 varieties that Gil himself has carefully curated from orchards and teachers' desks all over the world. Among the tasty trove are some relatively common types, such as honeycrisp and Jonathan apples, as well as some uncommon ones, such as the Crimson Topaz, a cross between the Rubin and Vanda varieties, and Esopus Spitzenburg, a dessert apple that happened to be Thomas Jefferson's favorite.