Berry picking in Portland is a favored local pastime for families with kids of all ages. While COVID-19 has changed the way local U-Pick farms are operating, they are still welcoming berry enthusiasts young and old. From U-pick strawberries to U-pick blueberries, there are plenty of awesome options opening soon. Read on to find our favorites and don’t forget to check the websites for new safety restrictions and rules before you head out with basket in hand. Read on to find out more.

photo: Jessica Lucia via Yelp

Bella Organic

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.

Starting May 30th, Bella Organic  is opening its doors for strawberry picking! They do ask that visitors check their website for updated rules before visiting.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.

U-pick open starting in May 30 Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
503-621-9545
Online: bellaorganic.com

Topaz Farm 

Formerly known as Krugers Farm, Topaz Farm has come under new owners. Along with offering U-Pick berries, this cool spot hosts summer concerts, 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. This year, Topaz is also excited to be hosting the Sauvie Island Farmers Market.

The farm’s grand re-opening is scheduled to happen in June. They have not yet announced how COVID-19 safety measures will be addressed, so make sure to visit their website and social regularly and check before heading out for a visit.

Check the website for opening date and times
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
503-708-0008
Online: topazfarm.com

Photo: DQmountaingirl, via flickr

Columbia Farms U-Pick

Located on picturesque Sauvie Island,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.

Columbia Farms is opening for U-pick berries in June. They have a whole page on their website dedicated to new safety measures to help flatten the COVID curve. Make sure to visit here before you go to make sure you are prepared.

Open starting in June, Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
21024 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, Or.
503-621-3909
Online: columbiafarmsu-pick.com

Photo: Wing Y via yelp

Smith Berry Barn

This Hillsboro farm specializes in “no spray” berries, and they grow over 20 varieties of them, including unique offerings like Tayberries and Loganberries. Please check their website regularly to see when they are open and what is ripe. They are implementing COVID-19 safety measures that include requiring masks on customers while inside their shop.  With a growing season that starts early and ends late, you can go picking from early June (when strawberries will be ripe) 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. B

U-pick open: Check site for updates.
24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Hillsboro, Or.
503-628-2172
Online: smithberrybarn.com

 

Photo by Bella Organics, via Yelp

South Barlow Berries

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. At this time Barlow plans on opening up for Memorial Day weekend. They will be following all safety standards outlined for COVID-19 so make sure to check their site before you go!

U-pick hours TBD
29190 S. Barlow Rd.
Canby, Or
503-266-3193
Online: southbarlowberries.com

—Annette Benedetti

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