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Best blueberry U-pick farms in the Seattle area (and what to do with the berries you don’t eat right away)

Grab a basket and gather up this ideal U-pick fruit.

Bring your little helpers to visit one of these Puget Sound area blueberry U-pick farms. Blueberries are an ideal U-pick crop for kids —you get to stand upright and there are no thorns! Not to mention they’re a “superfood” that both kids and adults will eagerly gobble up.  

You can usually pick ripe blueberries from mid-July to early September, however, the season varies with climate conditions, and some farms open in late June. (Bryant Blueberry Farm in Arlington will open June 29th in 2023). Remember to always call first or check the farm website or Facebook to make sure the farm is open and there are berries for picking.  

Here’s your all-you-need-to-know guide to the blueberry season: u-picks farms, how to spot ripe berries, and scrumptious recipes just in case you do not eat immediately everything you pick!

U-Pick Farm Tips

Some blueberry U-pick farms are cash or check only. Likewise, an increasing number of all types of businesses have gone cash-free.

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.

Most farms do not allow dogs: if a farm does allow dogs they are not allowed in the berry-picking area.

You’ll be out in the sun, handling stain-inducing fruit, so dress everyone accordingly. Pack hats, sunscreen, wet wipes, snacks, and plenty of water. Consider bringing a change of clothes and shoes, and some mosquito repellant, too.

(Bonus: Before your farm visit, check out Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey and read for giggles.)

So, how do you pick out a good blueberry?

Ripe blueberries are a tiny bit soft and dark blue, rather than dusty looking. They need only a little tug to pick. If the twig bends, the berry wants to stay on a little longer.

Only pick ripe blueberries. They won’t get any riper once picked.

Not too squishy. If they are already too soft to eat, leave them there.

Refrigerate or freeze if you have no plans for them before bedtime.

Tips and recipes for blueberries from Greta Hardin, author of Cooking Your Local Produce.

1. Freeze ‘em. Blueberries are the easiest berries to freeze, hands down. Rinse them, drain them, pick out any straw flowers and stems, toss them in a zip-top bag and freeze. Done.

2. Queue up blueberry pancakes, waffles or muffins for the morning. Measure out all of the ingredients the night before, so all you have to do is mix ‘em up and cook them in the morning. This is a great way to get the kids involved in baking. If you do the measuring when no one is hungry or in a hurry you can take all the time you need. This is also a great “one kid is napping, one kid is awake” activity.

I have been using these two recipes for years, and highly recommend them. Use this pancake recipe from the Food Network and drop five-ish blueberries into each pancake as soon the batter is down. An easy waffle recipe can be found on Hardin’s Fresh Start Cooking blog.

3. Make blueberry syrup. For each ½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen), use 1 Tablespoon of sugar or syrup. Add the blueberries and sugar to a saucepan (and a splash of lemon juice if you have it). Smash the berries a bit with a fork. Stir over medium-high heat until things start to bubble. Drop the heat to low and simmer until the syrup is a bit thicker and makes you want to eat it with a spoon.
Use the syrup over yogurt or ice cream right away, or cool and store in the freezer in ½ cup amounts. Heat it up and use it at your leisure on pancakes and waffles.

More excellent blueberry recipes kids and grown-ups will love:

Blueberry Lemon Verbena Galette in Send the kids to summer pie school with two Kate Lebo recipes
Blueberry Lime Yogurt Pops – a delectable Rebeccca Mongrain summer treat in The Best, Fresh Summertime Meals for your Family.
Blueberry, Lemon and Lavender Entremet Cake – the 2021 Blueberry Recipe Kids Contest Winner!

U-PICK FARMS

Eastside

Bybee Farms

42930 SE 92nd St.
North Bend, WA
425-888-5745

Henna Blueberry Farm

1800 Fall City-Carnation Road SE
Fall City, WA
and
32500 60th Street NE
Carnation, WA
206-605-4420 (weekdays), 206-605-4601 (weekends) 
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Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm

700 148th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA
346-298-0193 

Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm CLOSED

2380 Bellevue Way SE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Closed for construction of Sound Transit East Link

North

Blueberry Blossom Farm

8628 Fobes Rd.
Snohomish, WA
360-568-4713 

Bow Hill Blueberries

15628 Bow Hill Rd.
Bow, WA 98232

Broers Farms, Inc

18228 Tualco Rd
Monroe, WA
360-794-8125

Bryant Blueberry Farm

5628 Grandview Rd.
Arlington, WA
360-474-8424

Carpenter Creek Farm

20177 East Stackpole Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
360-941-9927

Blueberry Glen

14355 Kelly Road NE
Duvall, WA 98019
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Mountainview Blueberry Farm

7617 E Lowell-Larimer Rd.
Snohomish, WA
360-668-3391
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South

Black River Blues Blueberry Farm

17132 Moon Rd SW
Rochester, WA
360-273-3489
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Blue Dot Farm
 
21010 SE 416th St.
Enumclaw, WA
360-825-1623

Bob Megraw’s Blueberry Patch

17403 SE 244th Pl
Kent, WA 253-631-3428
Canter-Berry Farms
19102 SE Green Valley Rd
Auburn, WA
800-548-8418

Linbo Blueberry Farm

1201 S Fruitland
Puyallup, WA
 

Rusty Plow Farm

23206 SE 448th St.
Enumclaw, WA
253-405-2592
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Across the  Sound

Bainbridge Island Blueberry Co.

 11054 Madison Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA
206-673-7812

The Country Store & Farm

20211 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon Island, WA
206-463-3655

Try out these tempting blueberry recipes:

Try making the blueberry lemon verbena gallette in Send the kids to summer pie school with two Kate Lebo recipes, or follow Rebecca Mongrain’s formula for blueberry lime yogurt pops in The Best, Fresh Summertime Meals for your Family.

Hoping to pick strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, and blackberries? Go HERE 

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Barb Kittell