South Sound and South King County-area U-pick blueberry farms
Canter-Berry Farms, Auburn
Canter-Berry Farms grows eight different varieties of blueberries, boasting flavors from sweet to tart to (a little) spicy. Though not certified organic, the farm does not use sprays and limits chemical use. Buckets are provided to pick with, but bring your own to carry the berries home in. One fun fact: Canter-Berry Farms also raises, trains and shows American Saddlebred horses.
Find it: 19102 S.E. Green Valley Rd., Auburn; 253-939-2706
Get pickin’: Check back for the blueberry season opening in mid-July. Call or check the website before heading out to confirm that the farm is open when you want to pick.
Linbo's Blueberry Farm, Puyallup
Linbo's cultivates 20 varieties of blueberries, all of which are grown pesticide-free. While you're picking, you can enjoy — a reader reports — classical music played on speakers in the fields.
Find it: 1201 S. Fruitland, Puyallup
Get pickin': Check back in July for when blueberry U-pick will open. Call ahead for open times on the day you want to go. Check the Facebook page for updates and additional open times.
Charlotte's Blueberry Park, Tacoma (formerly Blueberry Park)
Free blueberry picking in a city park? Who's in? Volunteers maintain the more than 3,000 blueberry bushes in this park, which has been farmed since 1929. Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry bushes. Volunteer work days are held the third Saturday of the month, March through September, 9 a.m.–noon.
Find it: 7402 E. D. St., Tacoma
Get pickin': Picking season is July to September, dependent on weather. You can pick five varieties of blueberries.
Editor's note: This article is updated every year, most recently for 2020.