Whether you’ve got fresh pies or a stack of flapjacks in mind, adding u-pick blueberries to the mix makes summer baking that much sweeter. And when those blueberries are organically grown, they’re even better. So grab your buckets, sunscreen and masks, and bring the kids to one of these local farms to pick ‘em while you can because your next CSA box might not include any!
Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm
This conveniently-located farm has been operated by the Bellevue Parks and Community Service Department since the 1940s. Sitting on land with a historic log cabin and trails in the Lake Hills Greenbelt, the use of chemicals and pesticides is minimized on the farm’s blueberry plants. Plastic-lined buckets are provided at Lake Hills Farm Fresh Produce stand (your check-in point), but guests can bring their own if they would like. Just be sure to have them weighed before you head out to the field. Please bring a valid photo identification as a deposit for the borrowed picking buckets. After you’re done picking, you can grab a week’s worth of fresh produce and cut flowers or you can bring your bikes and enjoy a peaceful ride around the greenbelt trail.
COVID-19 update: The number of people entering the farm will be limited, and guests will need tickets to reserve a two-hour picking time slot. There is a maximum of four people per ticket (kids included). Parties of five or more will need additional tickets.
Cost: $2/lb. (cash, credit/debit cards and Apple or Google pay accepted)
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hours vary; call ahead to confirm. View their 2020 flyer here.
Dates: Mid-Jul. to early Sept.
700 148th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007
Charlotte’s Blueberry Park
If casual picking is what you're after, Charlotte's Blueberry Park in Tacoma is where you'll find it. Located in the middle of a neighborhood, this public picking spot is part of Tacoma Metro Parks. Families will find over 3,000 bushes, boasting five different blueberry varieties, free for picking. It’s a B.Y.O bucket kind of place, and there’s plenty of room to social distance while you’re there. The park’s new playground opened last summer, and is scheduled to re-open for play July 8, 2020. With climbing structures, slides and even a musical feature, it’s a good after-picking energy burn everyone can enjoy. Don’t forget to check on the mason bees who live there too. They help pollinate plants like these blueberry bushes and don’t sting. No pesticides or fertilizers are used on these berries, so you can feel good about using them on top of your yogurt in the morning.
COVID-19 update: Please follow state guidelines concerning masks and social distancing at this public park.
Hours: Opens 30 mins. before sunrise, closes 30 mins. after sunset.
7402 E. D St.
Mountainveiw Blueberry Farm
Nestled into a hillside in the Snohomish River Valley, the bucolic setting of this spot rivals the tasty blueberries as a reason to visit this family-owned farm. Play peek-a-boo with Mt. Baker as you gather berries with your crew here. The farm spans over nine acres and includes seven different blueberry varieties, many you won’t find anywhere else. The different sizes and tastes make for interesting baking and healthy snacking options for the kids. Although the farm isn’t certified organic, they use integrated pest management practices to reduce the need for pesticides. If you’re looking for a late summer festival, check out Berries & Blooms. It’s luscious berries and larger-than-life sunflowers, both available to u-pick.
COVID-19 update: Expect more rows open for picking, one way traffic patterns, increased hand washing stations and mask requirements during checkout. No personal buckets this year either. Instead, guests can use the sanitized buckets that are ready to go.
Hours: Tues.-Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dates: Jul. 10-early Sept.
7617 E. Lowell-Larmier Rd.
Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm
If you’re looking for a down-home feel, look no further than this small, family-owned farm growing organic blueberries in Olalla. Families can reserve a spot to pick via Facebook. Then bring your buckets (just make sure to weigh them before you start picking) and your sense of adventure to the Kitsap Peninsula. You’ll often spot the owner/host around the farm, chatting and making everyone feel welcome. Our favorite part? The painted blue rocks hidden among the blueberry bushes. If your tot spots one, bring it to the weigh station to collect a small prize. Sweet!
COVID-19 update: Reserved time slots limits the number of guests on the farm and extra sanitizer and paper towels will be on hand for folks to use. Please bring a mask and follow social distancing guidelines when visiting.
Hours: Vary based on day
Dates: Jul. 11-Sept.
12257 Arab Ln.
Blue Dot Farm
Blue Dot Farm is based south of Seattle in Enumclaw and is managed organically. This pastoral farm features over 16 varieties of blueberries to pick from, including some of the largest varietals and a few still under patent. Also unique to Blue Dot is that you buy your U-pick berries by the bucket size (large or small), not the pound. Pre-picked berries are also available, but call ahead to make sure your order is ready for you when you arrive. Blue Dot Farm provides the buckets for picking.
COVID-19 update: Guests will be required to book an appointment in one or two-hour increments and will be assigned to a specific section. Additionally, families will have access to a hand washing station and porta-potty. As for buckets, they'll be lined so you can simply lift the lining out to take your goodies home. Buckets will be sanitized before each use. Masks are required.
Cost: $30/large bucket; $15/small bucket
Hours: Appointments can be booked up to three days in advance. Closed on Mons.
Dates: Jul. 5–end of season
21010 S.E. 416th St.
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Bow Hill Blueberries
Hailed as the oldest family-run blueberry farm in the Skagit Valley, Bow Hill's blueberries are certified naturally grown. Located between Mt. Vernon and Bellingham, Bow Hill is officially a "transitional organic farm,” meaning they abide by all the strictest organic farming practices and completed their transition to certified organic in 2014. The farm store is open year-round and it's where you can find pickled blueberries, jam, vinegar and sauces, as well as dried blueberries—all produced in small batches at the farm. Psst...Bow Hill’s neighbors at Lopez Island Creamery make their delectable Heirloom Blueberry Ice Cream from the farm's heirloom Jersey berries, and Evolve Chocolates in Bellingham uses their blueberries to make their delicious Bon Bons.
Good to Know: A $5 Grazing Pass gives you access to the fields where you can eat as much as you want. The pass price is refunded once you pick over 10 pounds. The farm also offers family passes for $15 for up to five family members.
COVID-19 update: Masks are required in the farm store.
Cost: $3.55/lb. (cash, check, Visa & Mastercard accepted); pre-pick berries vary in price according to quantity. Pints are $6; flats vary depending on size.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
15628 Bow Hill Rd.
Bow, WA 98232
Broers Farms Inc.
Nestled into the fertile countryside in Monroe, Broers Farms is a berry lover's dream come true. That goes double if you like your berries 100% organic. (They’ve been certified organic for 25 years!) At Broers, the whole family is welcome to pick in their fields of raspberries, blackberries, marionberries and of course, blueberries. Psst...raspberry fields are about a mile from the farm, so groups are organized and escorted out. Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants if you’re venturing away from blueberry patches; the rest can have a few brambles.
COVID-19 update: Social distancing is required and families are asked to stay together when they pick. Also, there won't be any picnicking, eating from the fields (or loitering) this year, and pets are asked to stay home too.
Cost: $3.50/lb. for blueberries, $3/lb. for other berries
Hours: Vary by day; check their Facebook page for hours.
18228 Tualco Rd.
Monroe, WA 98272
Bryant Blueberry Farm
Summer at the Bryant Blueberry Farm will look a bit different this year, but it's still a great spot to pick blueberries, currents and tayberries with the kids on a warm summer day. Their juicy blueberries are grown with sustainable agricultural methods, as are their currents, tayberries (a hybrid of blackberries and raspberries) and beautiful U-cut flowers. And, if your kiddos get totally pooped out from all that sun, you can always cheat and buy a few flats of pre-picked natural berries to take home (pre-picked packs will be available soon). You may even get talked into bringing a blueberry plant home, so you can pick your own at home next year!
COVID-19 update: Guests are asked to wear masks and stay six feet apart when picking. Additional hand washing stations have been added as well.
Cost: $2.50/lb. for u-pick blueberries; $3/lb. for u-pick tayberries, boysenberries & currants.
Hours: Tues., Weds., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.; 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Dates: Jul. 1–late Aug.
5628 Grandview Rd.
Arlington, WA 98223
South-enders and Chaucer fans alike will love this Auburn-based blueberry farm that gained fame by selling their delicious blueberry products at Pike Place Market for over three decades. They retired from the Market in 2015, but still sell blueberry wine, chocolates and other unique blueberry products on site. Although not organic, Canter-Berry proudly limits their chemical use and does not spray their berries. Some of their bushes are over 50 years old, and you’ll be able to pick from eight different varieties of gorgeous jewel-toned fruit (including one that is even a little bit spicy!). Check their handy U-pick page after 6:30 p.m. daily to confirm their next picking day.
COVID-19 update: Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Cost: 2020 prices TBD.
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dates: Late Jul.–Aug.
19102 S.E. Green Valley Rd.
Auburn, WA 98092
Henna Blueberry Farm
Located about 45-minutes north of Seattle, Henna Blueberry Farm grows 10 varieties of blueberries including Reka, Duke and Bluecrop for you to pick. Although not certified organic, Henna Blueberry farm doesn’t spray any synthetic pesticides or chemicals on their blueberry bushes. And, if you want some farm variety for your U-pick adventure as well, along the five-mile corridor of SR 203 that connects Fall City and Carnation, you’ll find Henna Blueberry Farm, and many other family-friendly farms, produce stands and U-pick spots, including the kid-tastic Remlinger Farms and great CSA at Oxbow Farm.
Good to know: The farm has two fields; one in Carnation and one in Fall City (5 miles apart).
COVID-19 update: Guests are asked to wear masks and keep socially distant. Special morning hours are set aside for seniors and other high-risk individuals to pick (Weds, 7-9 a.m. at the Carnation location).
Cost: $2.70/lb. for U-pick; $3.95/lb. for pre-picked
Hours: Weds. & Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Carnation field.; Tues., Thurs. & Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Fall City field.
Dates: Now through 1st week in Aug. at both fields
Fall City Field
1800 Fall City Carnation Rd.
Fall City, WA 98024
32500 60th St. N.E.
Carnation, WA 98014
206-605-4420 (weekdays) or 206-605-4601 (weekends)
Blue Dog Farm
Located in the quaint farming town of Carnation, the folks at Blue Dog are serious about their organic blueberries; they have a membership-driven concept to better support their sustainable and organic farming practices. This is a great option for families who want frequent access to lots of berries all season long at a never-picked-out farm. As a member ($30 annual fee; $25 before July 1) you can come any day you want, dawn ’til dusk, and pick till your heart’s content at the self-service farm. (You’ll still pay by the pound, but you get to pick anytime you like and in the quiet and calm of a tranquil farm almost all to yourself!) Sign up to become a member at the farm on your first day of picking or by email.
COVID-19 update: As a membership-only farm, social distancing is easy to follow while picking. For this year, families will find hand washing stations, masks worn by employees and requested of members when in the tent area, as well as extra bucket sanitation between uses.
Cost: $3.10/lb. (members also pay annual fee). Checks or Paypal only.
Hours: Members can pick daily, dawn ’til dusk.
Dates: Jul. 9–early Aug.
7125 W. Snoqualmie Valley Rd.
Carnation, WA 98014
Know Before You Go:
1. Bring your mask and practice social distancing while picking, and add hand sanitizer to your outside essentials list for this trip. It's also a good idea to review the COVID-19 update for each farm to see specific precautions they're taking to ensure visitors' safety, so you feel comfortable when you head out.
2. Always call ahead before you go picking since farm supply, hours and schedules are constantly in flux.
3. Bring a bucket for picking (see individual farm policies about using personal buckets this year) and reuseable containers so you can easily bring your haul home. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy shoes and lots of water are also good to pack. Most fields are in full sun, and sometimes you have to walk a while to find the perfect bushes. Be ready to be out in the sun for at least an hour.
4. Keep a close eye on wandering tots. It’s easy for adventurous little ones to get lost in blueberry bushes that are taller than they are!
5. Bring cash or make sure that the farm accepts credit or checks.
6. Leave Fido at home. Most farms don’t allow dogs, and it’ll probably be too hot to keep your beloved pooch in the car.
—Allison Sutcliffe, Kristina Moy, Abbey McGee & Katie Gruver