Ride the Jolly Trolley out to the Biringer Farms picking fields. Credit: Elisa Murray
Snohomish and Skagit County U-pick berry farms
Bolles Organic Berry Farm, Monroe
Founded in 1997, Bolles Farm is one of the few Washington state certified-organic berry farms around, offering a variety of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries (as well as honey). It's a small farm, so be sure to check ahead to make sure U-pick is happening and they have berries left. Combine it with a trip to the Reptile Zoo, just up the road.
Find it: 17930 Tualco Loop Rd., Monroe; 425-876-9878
Get pickin’: Bolles is aiming to open for U-pick strawberries in early June. Check the Facebook page for daily updates on U-pick status, plus honey and hazelnuts (expected in September). Bolles Farm accepts cash, checks and debit/credit cards.
The Farm at Swan's Trail, Snohomish
This farm is best known for its fun fall festivities around the pumpkin patch. It's getting in on the strawberry game now. Check the website or Facebook page for daily picking status.
Find it: 7301 Rivershore Rd., Snohomish; 425-334-4124
Get pickin': U-pick open day by day in early June; check Facebook for daily status.
Willie Green's Organic Farm, Snohomish
This 65-acre family-owned organic farm near Monroe sells all kinds of veggies and berries at farmers markets throughout the Seattle area.
Find it: 19501 Tualco Rd., Monroe; 360-453-7030
Get pickin': U-pick opening date has yet to be announced. Check the Facebook page for the latest updates.
Bailey Family Farm, Snohomish
This family farm has been offering U-pick produce since 1986! The fifth generation of the Bailey family currently farms 400 acres, 40 of which are devoted to U-pick.
Find it:12711 Springhetti Rd., Snohomish; 360-568-8826
Get pickin’: U-pick strawberries are available day by day in early June. Check the website or Facebook page for daily status before heading out.
Biringer Farm, Arlington
Operating since 1938, large Biringer Farm is a family favorite, with a small playground (including a climb-on tractor) that kids will love to play on before and after picking. They'll also love riding the Jolly Trolley out to the berry fields, where you can pick to your heart’s content. After picking, picnic near the historic barn, or shop the market for Slicers (containers of fresh sliced and sugared strawberries that come ready to eat and freeze) and local honey.
Find it: 21412 59th Ave. N.E., Arlington; 425-259-0255
Get pickin’: Strawberry U-pick is expected to open around June 8–10. Biringer accepts cash and credit cards. Typically the farm is open daily 9 a.m.–4 p.m., but check the website or Facebook page or call the berry line at 425-259-0255 before you go.
Schuh Farms, Mount Vernon
Second-generation farmers Steve and Susan Schuh have been selling U-pick berries for three decades. They grow strawberries, raspberries and tayberries (a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry) as well as cherries. The 500-acre farm includes a 100-year-old home, barn and henhouse. Their fresh produce is available at local farmers markets around the Seattle area, and the little retail shop offers tasty treats such as raspberry honey and tayberry jam. Tip: Grandma Schuh's cinnamon rolls look amazing!
Find it: 15565 State Rte. 536, Mount Vernon; 360-424-6982
Get pickin’: U-pick opening date has yet to be announced. Check the farm's Facebook page or call for updates. They accept Visa and Mastercard as well as cash.