July 2022 Update: The berries are ripe and it’s time for U-Pick! Check back on the farm’s website and facebook page for up-to-date information about pricing and when the farm is open.
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Visiting a U-pick berry farm is quintessentially summer, and thank goodness for so many berry-picking options around the Puget Sound. Generally, strawberry season starts in early June, followed by blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries in July/August. Many of our region’s u-pick farms offer more than berries, whether that be in the form of other crops, play areas, or farm animals. Here are nine of our favorites.
A few tips to make the most of your berry-picking outing:
- Always check farm websites (or better yet, Facebook pages) on the day you plan to go to make sure they’re open. Some farms are open daily; others only on select days and times. Farms can be weather-dependent and will often close early if picked over.
- The early bird gets the … berry. Mornings are your best bet as fields can get picked over by lunchtime.
- U-pick fields mean lots of direct sun, so bring your sunscreen, hats and plenty of water.
- While most farms accept plastic, do bring along cash or checks just in case.
- Many farms provide containers free of charge, but consider packing along a few extra pails of your own.
And if your berry picking doesn’t go as planned (we’ve all been there), no worries! Most farms sell boxes of fresh-picked berries (along with other must-try goodies).
Snohomish and Skagit County
Bolles Organic Berry Farm, Monroe
Bolles Organic Berry Farm has made the decision to cancel strawberry picking because of the weather. Check out the farm for local honey, veggies and other produce.
***(Check out this farm in September for hazelnut u-pick! Check out Broers Farm down the street from Bolles; they have blueberries – ready to be picked later in the summer)***
Bolles may not be as large as some of the other U-pick strawberry farms on this list, but as we know, good things often come in small packages. The farm is Washington state certified-organic, and offers varieties of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Pick up some organic honey on your way out. Dogs are welcome. Check the Facebook page for daily updates on what’s available.
Opening date: No strawberry picking this year. There will be u-pick corn and u-pick hazlenuts in August.
17930 Tualco Loop Road / Monroe / 425-876-9878
The Farm at Swan’s Trail, Snohomish
U-pick is closed for the season.
Strawberries at $3.50/lb
Admission: $15 online, $20 on-site, Festival Pass: $30 (ages 3+ require admission)
7301 Rivershore Road / Snohomish / 425-334-4124
Opening date: Open now for strawberry u-pick.
Bailey Family Farm, Snohomish
Bailey’s is a fifth-generation family farm in the Snohomish Valley, offering acres of veggies, fruit, pumpkins and more. The farm’s strawberries are almost done, but there’s plenty more to pick — check the Facebook page for when this farm will open.
Opening date: U-pick strawberries now open with some early raspberry u-pick available too. Open daily 9-5
12711 Springhetti Road / Snohomish / 360-568-8826
Biringer Farm, Arlington
Biringer Farm has been delighting families since 1938. Kids can get their post-picking wiggles out on the little playground, or take a spin on the Jolly Trolley. The farm grows strawberries, raspberries and tayberries, following up with black caps and blackberries in July. Check the berry alert homepage or Facebook page to make sure fields are open.
Opening date: U-pick everyday 9am-3pm. Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries available for U-pick and pre-picked. (Strawberry picking closed)
21412 59th Ave. NE / Arlington / 425-259-0255
Schuh Farms, Mount Vernon
This Skagit Valley family farm has been serving up fresh baked pies, canned goods and local produce (including berries!) for years. You can find the farm represented at many Seattle-area farmers markets, as well as gather berries straight from the vine at the farm’s U-picks for strawberries, raspberries, and tayberries.
Opening date: Due to the weather, the u-pick fields have closed, but there are plenty berries at the store stand.
15565 State Route 536 / Mount Vernon / 360-424-6982
Remlinger Farms is the Disneyland of Carnation, attracting families with its Family Fun Park, farm animals, steam train and – of course — berries. Strawberries kick off the picking season in mid-June, followed by raspberries, and wrapped up with blueberries in late July and August. (And then come the pumpkins)! The U-pick is cash only, and containers are provided. Check the website or Facebook page for daily updates and times.
New on the farm is a brewery set to open on May 7th.
Opening date: Strawberries closed for U-pick. Raspberries are available for U-pick. The farm walks the field everyday and will post updates on their FB page with hours and availability.
32610 NE 32nd St. / Carnation / 425-333-4135
Harvold Berry Farms, Carnation
This Carnation berry farm is a family favorite for U-pick strawberries (mid-June through first week of July) and raspberries (first week of July through August). Call first or check the Facebook page to make sure fields are open.
Opening date: Monday-Saturday 8 am – 8pm. Strawberry season is closed. Raspberries will be open for u-pick on July 9, 2022. Be sure to check the Facebook page for more details.
7701 Carnation-Duvall Road NE / Carnation
South Sound / South King County
Picha’s Berry Farm, Puyallup
This family farm has been in operation since 1904 and has a reputation of growing some of the sweetest berries you can pick! Pick up cartons of pre-picked berries at both the Puyallup and Tacoma locations; U-pick is only available at the Puyallup location. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Opening date: Late June/Early July- Early varieties are available at the Puyallup fruit stand: 6502 52nd st e Puyallup 98371. Strawberry u-pick is closed. They are doing a daily check and will announce information on their website.
6502 52nd St. E., Puyallup / 253-841-4443
74th and Tyler, Tacoma / 253-286-9060
Duris Farm, Puyallup, Kent
Since 1955, Duris Cucumber Farm has grown from harvesting, well, cucumbers, to producing green beans, zucchini, squash, and lots of sweet berries. Get your fill of U-pick at the Kent and Puyallup locations. Just be sure to call ahead or check Facebook to make sure it’s open. Strawberry u-pick is closed.
Opening date: Open daily 9-3 – check website for availability.
Puyallup: 6012 44th St. E. / 253-922-7635
Kent: 25175 Frager Road S. / 253-922-7635
Happy picking! Where is your favorite U-pick berry spot?
This story was update on July 28, 2022
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