Strawberry-kissed cheeks, dirt-covered fingers and smiling eyes: these are the things parents live for. There is nothing that says, “perfect summer day,” like an afternoon trip to the local berry farm. There’s buckets-full of fun to be had with your kiddos as you make your way through the fields and pick sweet (and healthy) treats for now and later. The payoff is big, ending with a fridge full of colorful memories and berries that will last for days! So grab your baskets and babes and head to these U-Pick Berry Farms. Read on to find out where they juiciest picks can be found!
photo: Jessica Lucia via Yelp
This certified organic farm rests on 100 acres of stunning land on Sauvie Island. Proud of their sustainable farming practices, this U-Pick options crows over 70 varieties of berries, fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, herbs and more. As if that wasn’t cool enough, Bella Organic is 100% run on solar energy, making it an ultra green stop for the eco-conscious. During the months of June you can expect to fill your baskets with strawberries, cherries, blueberries and early variety blackberries. Make sure to check their website each day to see what is available. While you are there, don’t forget to hit their Organic Produce Farm Store!
U-pick open Wed.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
As if berries weren’t enough, this cool spots hosts summer concerts, birthday celebrations, field trips and even has farm to plate dinners! They not only have acres of u-pick berry fields, you’ll also find seasonal u-cut flowers and a large farm stand with farm grown and local produce and artisan food items. In the fields you’ll find over 25 acres of strawberries, blueberries, marionberries, boysenberries waiting to be discovered. With wagons to haul your treasures back, they make it easy for the whole family to have tons of fun together.
U-pick open Mon.-Fri. from noon -5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
Photo: DQmountaingirl, via flickr
This special place is a bit younger than other farms. Opened in the 1990s, Columbia Farms has over 80 acres with more than 15 varieties of berries. The farm practices thoughtful growing practices like integrated pest management and crop rotation so you can feel good about letting your little berry picker take bites . Bring a picnic for lunch under the gazebo, and enjoy a day on this quiet working farm.
Open Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
21024 NW Gillihan Rd.
Photo: Wing Y via yelp
This Hillsboro farm specializes in “no spray” berries, and they grow over 20 varieties of them, including unique offerings like Tayberries and Loganberries. With a growing season that starts early and ends late, you can go picking from early June through September and they also tend to an apple orchard! They’ll point you to the best ripe fields for your visit, and provide buckets for picking. Berry growing isn’t the only thing this cool farm offers its visitors. There’s a calendar filled with cool events you don’t want to miss. Visit on July 4th for a patriotic Berry Festival full of live music, wine tasting, and a berry hunt for the kids!
U-pick open daily Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Photo by Bella Organics, via Yelp
This family-run farm south of Portland is a sweet escape from the bustle of Sauvie Island. The strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in the early season give way to boysenberries and marionberries later on. Kids can also see the baby chicks, and feed the chickens after filling up their berry buckets (bring your own for this farm!)
U-pick hours Mon.-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
29190 S. Barlow Rd.
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