The goods at Henna Blueberry Farm
Eastside U-pick blueberry farms
Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm, Bellevue
Located in the lovely Lake Hills Greenbelt area, Larsen Lake is operated by the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department in order to preserve Bellevue’s agricultural heritage. After filling your pails, stroll the trail near the lake or do some fishing. If it’s hot, head up to the shaded produce stand, where you can shop for reasonably priced peaches, nectarines, yellow tomatoes, and, of course, blueberries. Or just put your feet up on the porch swing. Bring a valid Washington state ID as a deposit for your picking bucket.
Find it: 700 148th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; 206-485-4812
Get pickin’: Watch for blueberries coming on in mid-July. Check the website or call ahead for status. They accept checks, cash or Venmo. Larsen Lake minimizes chemical and pesticide use.
Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm, Bellevue
Located just off I-90 in Bellevue, this historic blueberry farm has been closed during Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail construction. There is planned construction of a new farmstand starting in 2023 which will hopefully be completed in spring of 2024. But never fear! The berries are harvested and sold at the Larsen Lake produce stand.
Henna Blueberry Farm, Fall City
Located in the Snoqualmie River Valley and surrounded by a nature slough, Henna Blueberry Farm grows 10 varieties of exceptionally sweet berries on five acres (they don’t use synthetic pesticides or chemicals). Frogs, turtles, beavers, cranes and other animals make their home in the slough, so pack a picnic and go “critter viewing.”
Find it: 32500 60th Street NE Carnation., Fall City; 425-806-2751 or 206-605-4601
Get pickin’: The 2023 season opened June 30. Check Facebook for updates before heading out.
Bybee Farms, North Bend
Head towards Mount Si and you’ll eventually find this lovely farm, which sits at the foot of the mountain and grows six varieties of U-pick blueberries as well as some raspberries and fresh-picked vegetables. “Beautiful scenery and super yummy berries!” reports a reader.
Find it: 42930 S.E. 92nd St., North Bend; 425-888-5745
Get pickin’: Be sure check the website, Facebook, or call 425-888-5745 for the latest info regarding the 2023 season, which will likely begin in mid-July. Normal hours are 9 a.m.–8 p.m., and the farm accepts cash or checks.
Pearson’s Bees and Berries, Renton
Pearson’s just got into the U-pick game recently after the Pearson family bought and began restoring the old Kennydale Blueberry Farm. The family grows blueberries and welcomes pickers for U-pick by appointment; check back in July for appointment times to be released when the berries are closer to ripe (typically mid-July). Check out the honey the farm produces as well. Pearson’s publishes a detailed list of tips and instructions for U-pick that’s worth checking out.
Find it: 1733 N.E. 20th Street, Renton; firstname.lastname@example.org
Get pickin’: Watch the website in July for the release of U-pick appointment times. You can also find up-to-date info on Facebook.