Berries from Duris Farm. Courtesy Duris Farm
South Sound and South King County U-pick berry farms
Picha’s Berry Farm, Puyallup
Third-generation farmers Dan and Russ Picha continue their family tradition of growing and harvesting some of the juiciest, sweetest berries around. They run a farm in Tacoma and one in Puyallup, both featuring summertime strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Strawberries are the only U-pick berries, generally available mid-June to mid-July. Containers are available.
Find it: 6502 52nd St. E., Puyallup; 253-841-4443
Get pickin’: Strawberries should be ready by mid- to late-June, a couple of weeks after a less-rainy spring. Raspberries and blackberries are ready for purchase generally in July (Picha sells these at their farm stands; they’re not available for U-pick). Check for updates on the Facebook page or call to see when they’ll be open. Cash and checks only at Tacoma; the Puyallup stand accepts cash, checks and credit/debit cards.
Duris Farm, Puyallup and Kent
Duris Cucumber Farm sells produce and berries at two locations, in Puyallup and Kent, with U-pick offered at specific times. This farm also at times sets up a stand to sell produce at the Old Cannery Furniture Store in Sumner. Due to variable conditions, always check the farm’s Facebook page for day-by-day status and availability. They also sell green beans, pickling cucumbers, slicing cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, and dill. (You definitely want to stock up on cucumbers later in summer and make yourself some amazing pickles.)
Find it: 6012 44th St. E., Puyallup; 253-922-7635. Directions to Kent location: Take the Willis Street exit off 167. Go to the corner of Washington Avenue and Frager Road and follow the signs to the field.
Get pickin’: Strawberry U-pick will likely open in mid-June. Before you go, be sure to check the Facebook page or call 253-922-7635 for the status of U-pick.
Spooner Farms, Puyallup
This family farm is beloved for its berries, including strawberry plants so you can grow your own crop at home. The farm announces U-pick on its social media so follow along to learn when you need to pounce on the picking. You can also find already-picked Spooner berries at farm stands in Buckley, Orting and Kent, and at farmers markets around the South Sound.
Find it: 9710 State Route 162 East, Puyallup; 253-840-2059. Find farm stand and farmers market locations on the website.
Get pickin’: Watch for strawberry (and later, raspberry) U-pick dates on Facebook.
Next up: blueberry picking