Harvesting Washington’s Bold Berries
Harvold Berry Farm
For sweet Tulameen raspberries, the Harvold Berry Farm in Carnation is the best option. The raspberries are in season from July to the beginning of August. The lucky picker might find some lingering strawberries including Puget Reliance, Puget Crimson and Shuksan varieties. The farm uses low-impact farming methods and provides picking containers free of charge. It’s best to call the day of to check if picking is still available. For more information, visit facebook.com/HarvoldBerryFarm.
Bill’s Berry Farm
Bill’s Berry Farm is a small farm located in the Yakima Valley. The family proudly produces organic fruit and invites visitors to pick strawberries, blueberries, peaches and fall produce. Each summer they have tasty festivals including the Cherry and Berry Days and Sweet as a Peach Days. The festivals are held on various Saturdays throughout July into August. For more information, visit billsberryfarm.com.
Bellevue Blueberry Farms
For an experience a bit closer to home, Bellevue Parks manages two blueberry farms in the area. Both Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm and Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm offer u-pick opportunities Tuesday through Sunday during the summer months. Bellevue Parks also runs a produce stand that features produce from other local farms. A sweet bonus, the farms are located in parks that allow for picnicking or fishing on the lake. For more information, visit ci.bellevue.wa.us/blueberry_farm.htm.
Barrett Orchards is not only famous for their big red barn but also for their unique experience that includes berry and fruit picking. This farm offers picking from mid-June to October and offers varieties of cherries like Bing, Lapin, Skeena, Rainier, Royal Ann, Lambert and Sweetheart. For latecomers the farm offers nectarines, apricots and pears into August. The farm is currently making the transition to an organic farm and offers educational tours of the property. For more information, visit treeripened.com.
Stutzman Ranch offers u-pick opportunities for Rainier cherries throughout July. Due to the sensitive nature of the fruit, call the day of to make sure it is ready. You can also pick Fuji and Gala apples throughout August. The farm is currently owned by a fourth generation, and for a small fee you can have a tour through the orchards and taste the fruit. For more information, visit thestutzmanranch.com.
Remlinger Farms allows you to harvest your own blueberries and raspberries alongside an amusement park that features over 25 rides and a train. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy a picnic on the beautifully landscaped property or spend the afternoon looking over the wonderful selection of fresh vegetables available at the on-site farmers’ market. For more information, visit remlingerfarms.com.