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Seattle-Area U-Pick Strawberries



Picking strawberries.

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Visiting a u-pick farm is a fun and cost-effective way to enjoy our luscious local strawberries. Thanks to an early spring they’re ripening faster than usual, so don’t hesitate in getting your hands on these ruby-red treasures. Most u-picks are cash or check only. Prices generally range from $1.25 to $2.50 per pound.

Morning is an ideal time to pick. The weather’s cooler, and the fields haven’t yet been depleted of ripe fruit.  Kids are welcome, but most farms do not allow dogs. 

Some farms are certified organic, some follow organic practices without being certified, and others take a conventional approach. If you want to know what a farm’s growing practices are, just ask.

You’ll be out in the sun, crouching and kneeling in the dirt or mud while handling stain-inducing fruit, so dress everyone accordingly. Pack hats, sunscreen, wet wipes, snacks and plenty of water. A change of clothes and shoes is a good idea, too.

There’s no need to bring your own containers; farms will have low cardboard boxes set inside special carriers ready for you to fill. Berries will keep longer if picked with their green caps intact. Once you’re home, get them in the fridge right away, and use or freeze them within a couple days. 

 

Here’s our list of nearby farms that let you pick your own strawberries, as well as tips for u-pick success. Since weather or heavy picking traffic may close fields for a day or more, always check if the fields will be open before you go!

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