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blueberry U-picks: a fun activity available from July into September

Going to a blueberry U-pick farm is a great summer activity.

Best blueberry U-pick farms in the Seattle Area

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—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.  Remember to call first to make sure the farm is open and there are berries for picking. Some open in July, while others don’t usually get going until August. The season continues into September.

A few farms have closed their blueberry U-pick operations this season, because of he epidemic. All of the others are taking precautions, such as requiring social distancing and masks. A few ask for people to bring their own buckets for picking.  Also, even though farms are having to limit the number of people that can come at a time, blueberry U-pick experiences are in high demand right now. Maybe it’s a renewed interest in home cooking, or maybe it’s just that it’s a fun family activity at a time when so many things are closed. So be prepared for fields to be closed because they’re picked out or can’t fit more pickers.

Eastside

Bybee Farms

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

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Harvest season opens in mid to late July. Call or check this site for up-to-date information.

 

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) 

Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information on which field is open when.

 

Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm

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

Because of Coronavirus, only a limited number of people can be on the farm at a time. Before you come, you need to go online and get a ticket from this website. Plan ahead. As of July 14, all the remaining tickets for July had been reserved. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, from July through October. Arrive at least an hour before closing.

 

Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm

Closed for light rail construction.

 

North

Blueberry Blossom Farm

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

Call or go online for up-to-date information.

 

Bow Hill Blueberries

U-pick canceled this year because of the Coronavirus epidemic.

 

Broers Farms, Inc

18228 Tualco Rd
Monroe, WA
360-794-8125

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, depending on the weather. Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information on when blueberries are available. (The farm offers other kinds of berries too.)

 

Bryant Blueberry Farm

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

Harvest season hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Fridays. Call or check online for up-to-date information.

 

Carpenter Creek Farm

U-pick canceled this year because of the Coronavirus epidemic.

 

Cottage Gardens Blueberry Farm

14510 Kelly Rd NE
Duvall, WA
425-947-4523

Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information. Bring your own buckets this year.

 

Mountainview Blueberry Farm

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

Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

 

South

Black River Blues Blueberry Farm

17132 Moon Rd SW
Rochester, WA
360-273-3489

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Call or go on Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

Blue Dot Farm

21010 SE 416th St.
Enumclaw, WA
360-825-1623

Because of Coronavirus precautions, you need to make an appointment here before arriving for U-pick. Call for up-to-date information.

 

Bob Megraw’s Blueberry Patch

17403 SE 244th Pl
Kent, WA 253-631-3428

This farm has canceled U-pick this year, though might have it later in the season. Check online for updates.

 

Canter-Berry Farms

19102 SE Green Valley Rd
Auburn, WA
800-548-8418

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when berries are available. The season usually runs late July through August. Call for up-to-date information.

 

Linbo Blueberry Farm

1201 S Fruitland
Puyallup, WA

This blueberry U-pick is open by appointment only this year, and as of July 14, all of the appointments have been taken for the season.

 

Rusty Plow Farm

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

Check Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

Across the  Sound

Bainbridge Island Blueberry Co.

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

Call or check Facebook for up-to-date information.

 

The Country Store & Farm

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

Call for up-to-date information.

 

Here are a few tips for before you pick:

Most blueberry U-pick farms are cash or check only, so be prepared. Prices generally range from $2 to $4 per pound.

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.

Kids are welcome and should be supervised, but most farms do not allow dogs.

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.

 

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.