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. There is a nice area for a post picking picnic too.
Find it: 19102 S.E. Green Valley Rd., Auburn; 253-939-2706
Get pickin’: Blueberry season typically opens in mid-July. Call or check the Facebook page before heading out to confirm that the farm is open when you want to pick.
Linbo Blueberry Farm, Puyallup
Linbo Farm cultivates 20 varieties of blueberries, all of which are grown pesticide-free. Richard Linbo purchased the farm in 1998, and today his legacy continues with his son and daughter-in-law (Tor and Tiffany Linbo) continuing the u-pick operations.
Find it: 1201 S. Fruitland, Puyallup
Get pickin’: Blueberry U-pick typically opens in mid-July. Check the Facebook page for updates and opening times.
Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, Tacoma
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. Watch the website for volunteer opportunities.
Find it: 7402 E. D. St., Tacoma
Get pickin’: Picking season is typically July to September, dependent on weather. You can pick five varieties of blueberries, all free and first-come, first-serve.
Rusty Plow Farm, Enumclaw
Rusty Plow is a farm on the Enumclaw plateau that specializes in blueberries. This farm has some 5,000 blueberry plants with six varieties to choose from. Although the farm is not yet certified organic, they use many of the same sustainable practices organic farms use. They cater to U-pick customers, but if you are looking for a quick fix, you can call ahead or just stop by for pre-picked berries.
Find it: 23206 S.E. 448th Street, Enumclaw