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Berry-Pickin’ Good: 20 U-Pick Berry Farms Around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Where to pick strawberries, raspberries and blueberries around the Sound

Writer author Allison Holm and family on a ferry in Puget Sound

Published on: June 02, 2021


Local U-pick berries: The best taste of summer

There's been a healthy dose of summer recently, and now we're ready to celebrate the season by picking some juicy, sweet, sun-ripened berries straight from the vine, right? As of early June, many strawberry farms are opening for U-pick, and raspberries are next in line, then blueberries later in the summer.

Key tips for a successful berry-picking outing with kids:

  • Most important: Check farm websites and Facebook pages or call ahead on the day you want to go to make sure U-pick is happening and to confirm times.
  • Double-check the farm's website for the address and directions, as some map apps don't work as well for more rural locations.
  • Arrive early, as fields can get picked out by noon. If a farm has plenty of U-pick availability, show up in the late afternoon to avoid crowds and direct sun.
  • Keep in mind that fields typically have little shade, so bring hats, sunscreen, water, snacks and — for little kids — some alternative diversions, such as bubbles.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Bring cash or make sure that the farm accepts credit cards (the bigger farms usually do).
  • Strawberries, because they grow close to the ground, are the most physically demanding to pick. Raspberries and blueberries are easier pickin' (at least for grown-ups). 
  • Especially with small kids in tow, keep your picking expectations low. And remember: You can usually buy pre-picked berries at a farm as well, often for only a bit more than the U-pick price.
  • Boxes or pails are sometimes provided, but check first or bring your own.
  • Typically, farms don't mind if kids eat as they pick (or as they run around) but double-check. You could also offer to weigh your child before and after picking (kidding).

Use the arrows above the image to find U-pick berry farms around Snohomish and Skagit counties, around the Eastside and around South King County and the South Sound, followed by U-pick blueberry farms in the same areas.

Editor's note: Keep in mind that farms will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

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