Nothing says summer quite like biting into a freshly picked, juicy strawberry. No wonder strawberry picking is everyone’s favorite June activity! Not only is it inexpensive and outside, but when you bring home your delish haul from a local U-pick strawberry patch, the possibilities are endless (hello, pies, preserves and nutritious snacks!). Here’s where to find the berry best berries in town.

Biringer Farms

If you want gourmet berries along with your old faves, Biringer Farm is your spot. Here, you’ll find raspberries, tayberries (a delicious mix between a Scotland raspberry and an Oregon blackberry), blackberries and thimble-sized black caps. But their strawberry season kicks off the summer berry madness in early June. Bonus! Visit the website for some tasty recipes you can make at home with your Biringer berries.

Opening date: mid-June
Hours: TBD
Cost: 2021 prices TBD. Prices are usually around $2.75/lb for U-pick and pre-picked strawberries.

21412 59th N.E. Ave.
Arlington, WA 98223
425-259-0255
Online: biringerfarm.com and on Facebook

photo: iStock

Bolles Organic Berry Farm

Looking for an idyllic and organic berry picking experience? Look no further than Bolles Organic Berry Farm in Monroe (aka a berry picker’s dream!). With rows of organic strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, you can pick to your heart’s delight knowing they were grown in pesticide-free dirt. The farm added an acre of berry plants this year, so you can enjoy delicious fruit from this baby crop! Organic honey (available in one-pound jars for $15), veggies and herbs are also available at the farm. Psst…dogs are welcome, but please bring a leash.

Opening date: first week of June
Hours: TBD
Cost: 2021 prices TBD. Cash, check, debit and credit accepted.

17930 Tualco Loop Rd.
Monroe, WA 98272
425-876-9878
Online: Find them on Facebook

Picha's Berry Farm

Third generation farmers, Dan and Russ Picha, are carrying on the family business begun by their grandfather Mathias Picha in 1904 and continued by their father Ted Picha. Known for producing some of the juiciest, sweetest berries in the South Sound, it’s no wonder families flock to Picha’s Berry Farm every summer. Strawberries are the only U-pick berries, but the Farm does offer pre-picked blackberries and raspberries in July. And they offer a robust selection of strawberries, including Shuksan, Totem, Rainier, Puget Summer, and Marys Peak.

Good to know: Picha’s berries are available at two convenient locations—in Puyallup and Tacoma. Strawberry U-pick is only available at the Puyallup location; it opens at 9 a.m. Picha's also offers a "berry pick up location" in Puyallup where you can just drive up, pick up and go!

Opening date: early June

Picha's Berry Farm
6502 52nd St. E.
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-841-4443

Hours: Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Picha's Berry Pick Up
74th & Tyler
Tacoma, WA 98409
253-678-3920

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Online: pichafarms.com and on Facebook

Harvold Berry Farm

If you want an old-fashioned, straight-forward u-pick experience, check out Harvold Berry Farm in Carnation for strawberries and raspberries. Your kiddos will surely finish their suppers lightning-quick if they know self-picked berries are for dessert. This field is kid-friendly but not dog-friendly, so leave Fido at home. They provide containers for families to use. Strawberry varieties are Puget Reliance, Puget Crimson and Shuksan; raspberries are Tulameen. The farm added a new field of Mary’s Peak berries this past year. While the Harvold Berry Farm is not organic, they only use the mildest, least toxic products in order to achieve a good, healthy crop.

Opening date: mid-June
Hours: TBD
Cost: 2021 prices TBD. Usually about $2/pound. Credit cards preferred.

Harvold Strawberry Field
7701 Carnation-Duvall Rd. N.E.
Carnation, WA 98014

Harvold Raspberry Field
5207 Carnation-Duvall Rd. N.E.
Carnation, WA 98014

425-333-4185
Online: harvoldberryfarm.wixsite.com and on Facebook

photo: iStock

Duris Farm

The story goes like this: in 1955, Hazel Duris just wanted to make a few pickles and asked her husband to help her plant a garden. Today, the Duris Farm grows a lot of cucumbers, alongside beans, zucchini, and strawberries ripe for the picking. Drop everything and come on out. You can't beat the price and they are providing free u-pick boxes, too. While you’re there, pick out other fresh produce from local growers at their roadside market.

Opening Date: June
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: 2021 prices TBD

6012 44th St. E.
Puyallup, Wa. 98371
253-922-7635
Online: duriscucumberfarm.com and on Facebook

Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm

Part nursery, part farm, part U-Pick destination, Garden Treasures in Arlington has a lot to offer to those looking for a farm adventure ending in an all-organic basketful of berries. This is a smaller scale operation, but it is lovingly maintained with a few U-pick patches. And they do sell pre-picked berries by the half and full flat. Check out their strawberries, raspberries and tayberries for a sweet take-home treat. Good to Know: Garden Treasures offers a unique U-Pick experience during most of the year. In this separate, small garden you can pick a variety of fruits and vegetables from May to October.

Opening date: early June
Hours: Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: 2021 prices TBD. Prices are subject to market stand prices, with exceptions depending on availability.

3328 State Route 530 N.W.
Arlington, WA 98223
360-435-9272
Online: gardentreasuresfarm.com and on Facebook

photo: The Farm at Swan's Trail

Swans Trail Farms

You may be familiar with Swans Trail Farm because it's your go-to spot for fall festivities. This year, make it your go-to spot for another reason—ripe red strawberries. Swans Trail Farms grows 2.5 acres of delicious Sweet Sunrise, Hood, and Shuksan strawberries, perfect for freezer jam, pies, or a juicy summer snack!

Opening date: May 30, 2021
Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: 2021 prices TBD

7301 Rivershore Rd.
Snohomish, WA 98290
425-334-4124
Online: swanstrailfarms.com and on Facebook

photo: Abbey McGee

Bailey Family Farm

Located on 350 acres in the Snohomish Valley, Bailey U-Pick Farm started in 1986 with only two acres of U-Pick and has since grown to over 40 acres. Bailey Farm is family owned and operated and has been in the family for over 100 years. Started in 1913, five generations of Baileys have lived and worked on the farm. The Farm operates June through October with strawberries available for U-pick in mid-June, raspberries in July, vegetables (potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, peas, carrots, beets, flowers, cabbage and onions) July through October, apples mid September to mid October and a pumpkin patch in October. Psst…the Farm partnered with Washington Farmland Trust to ensure that it will never be developed, it will forever be a farm. How cool is that? If you miss their U-pick dates, you can find their berries at the Snohomish Farmers Market.

Opening date: June 1
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: 2021 prices TBD. Around $2.50/lb. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.

12711 Springhetti Rd.
Snohomish, WA 98296
360-568-8826
Online: baileyveg.com and on Facebook

Remlinger Farms

Remlinger Farms has been a family favorite for decades, and for good reason. In addition to the rotating seasonal U-pick patches (strawberries in mid-June, raspberries in July and blueberries in July/August, as well as pumpkins in the fall), there’s a Family Fun Park (open weekends by reservation) with a steam train, a 4-H animal barn (where you can check out new baby bunnies and lambs) as well as a Ferris wheel and roller coaster and lots of other farm attractions. The Farm Market, featuring all kinds of goodies made with Remlinger berries, is also worth a stop. You can find pre-picked berries, as well as canning supplies so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor for months to come! Tons of free parking too and containers are provided, so you can leave yours at home.

Opening date: mid-June
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. U-pick season open mid-June-August
Cost: Prices vary. Berries are sold by the pound and are weighed when you are done picking right there in the field. Cash and credit cards accepted.

32610 N.E. 32nd St.
Carnation, WA 98014
425-333-4135
Online: remlingerfarms.com and on Facebook

Know before you go:

1. All picking dates and times are weather dependent and can change based on availability. We suggest calling ahead or checking websites for day-of confirmation that berry patches are open. 

2. Keep in mind that farms are still adhering to state and local COVID-19 guidelines, so things may look a little different than previous years, but you’ll most definitely still have a “berry” good time.

3. Heirloom berries (which is what you'll be picking at these farms) are best eaten or processed (frozen or turned into jam) within a day or two of being picked. Be sure to plan ahead and plan to make something tasty, maybe shortcake or smoothies or strawberry pancakes, for a summertime feast when you return. 

What to bring:

1. Sunscreen and hats. Strawberry patches are in full sun, so be prepared to be out in the heat while you are picking.

2. Wet wipes and a change of clothes (for the kids, and for you!). Rule of berry picking #47 - you will kneel on a berry. You will dribble strawberry juice down your shirt. Bring a few extra duds and some wet wipes for hands and faces and your drive home will be much more comfortable.

3. A small stool or gardening pad. Strawberries are low hanging fruit. They're easy to spot, and (thankfully) have no thorns to worry about, but you'll be kneeling or sitting on the ground as you pick. Your knees and lower back will thank you if you bring along something to sit on. Fortunately, kids are small and already closer to the berries, and you know they'll love the excuse to sit in the dirt, so really, this is just for you.

4. Cash. Many of the farms accept plastic, but some don't and often you can jump to the front of the line if you pay cash.

5. Room in the trunk (and in the freezer). Berries take up more room than you think, so take out the stroller before heading out so you can lay them flat. Freeze whole berries quickly and easily by laying them (washed and dried) on a cookie sheet. That does, however, mean that you'll need a bit of extra space before you bring those little sweeties home.

—Abbey McGee, Jeffrey Totey, Kristina Moy & Katie Gruver

Feature image: iStock

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