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. One fun fact: Canter-Berry Farms also raises, trains and shows American Saddlebred horses.
Find it: 19102 S.E. Green Valley Rd., Auburn; 253-939-2706
Get pickin’: Blueberry season 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. While you're picking, you can enjoy — a reader reports — classical music played on speakers in the fields.
Find it: 1201 S. Fruitland, Puyallup
Get pickin': Blueberry U-pick opens mid-July. Call ahead for open times on the day you want to go. Check the Facebook page for updates and additional open times.
Charlotte's Blueberry Park, Tacoma (formerly Blueberry Park)
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. Volunteer work days are held the fourth Saturday of the month, March through September, 9 a.m.–noon.
Find it: 7402 E. D. St., Tacoma
Get pickin': Picking season is July to September, dependent on weather. You can pick five varieties of blueberries.
Rusty Plow Farm, Enumclaw
Rusty Plow is a farm on the Enumclaw plateau that specializes in blueberries. This farm has over 4,700 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
Editor's note: This article is updated every year, most recently for 2021.