Snohomish and Skagit County U-pick blueberry farms
Carpenter Creek Farm, Mount Vernon
Owned by a family that lives in northeast Seattle, Carpenter Creek is a small blueberry farm located just south of Mount Vernon. Stop in for ready-picked blueberries as well as U-pick. Though the farm is not certified organic, it does not use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Bonus: Keep your eyes peeled for red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, bald eagles, tree frogs and other animals.
Find it: 20177 E. Stackpole Rd., Mount Vernon;360-941-9927
Bryant Blueberry Farm, Arlington
This farm couldn’t be more kid-friendly. It has a playground, picnic tables and shady spots to sit, rest and eat, plus farm animals. The farm uses sustainable agricultural methods. Besides blueberries, Bryant offers currants, tayberries and raspberries, as well as blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries and many berry products.
Find it: 5628 Grandview Rd., Arlington; 360-474-8424
Mountainview Blueberry Farm, Snohomish
Keith and Janet Stocker’s Mountainview Farm is nestled against a hillside in the Snohomish River Valley, and on clear days one can see all the way to Mount Baker. Dating back to the 1940s, the farm grows 20 varieties of blueberries. Blueberry preserves and syrups are available as well.
Find it: 7617 E. Lowell Larimer Rd., Snohomish; 360-668-3391
Get pickin’: Watch for blueberries coming on in early July. It’s too soon to say if later summer crops will experience the same delay as the early summer berries. Check the website or Facebook page for updates before heading out; you’ll also find lots of blueberry recipes. Buckets provided. They prefer cash but will take cards.
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