Pick Your Own Strawberries at Picha Farms in Puyallup
Where to Find U-Pick Strawberries Near Tacoma
Updated for 2021
Picha Farms in Puyallup is now open for u-pick berry picking at their Puyallup location on select days. This is one of the only places in the South Sound for u-pick berries (especially strawberries), and it’s definitely your best option if you’re looking for a u pick berry option near Tacoma, so I wanted to make sure it got on your radar.
Whether or not u-pick is available does change from day to day.
Never been? Read on for my post with all you need to know before you go!
Picha Farms is just off River Road. The u-pick field has a Tacoma address, but it’s about five minutes from their Puyallup stand.
Current UPICK hours are 9AM-3, but again, please check their fb page before you go, as opening depends on the supply, the weather, and so on. You’ll need cash or check. Here is their home page with info as well, but I usually check their fb.
The UPICK fields are near their Puyallup stand (head to 6502 52nd St E. Puyallup for directions to the field).
When you arrive at the fields you’ll pick up boxes from the stand or you can buy already picked berries if you change your mind. U pick berries are 2.50 a pound for 2021, and boy, do they look worth it! Pre picked berries sell by the box (not the pound). *I got these prices straight from their Fb page, but as a reminder, I am not responsible for pricing or anybody else’s Fb, so you may want to confirm before you go. Note that this year they are having a hard time getting enough pickers hired, so those pre picked berries are going fast!
Back to U-pick. When you arrive, you’ll be directed across the road to the fields, where a berry girl will assign you to a row. It should not be difficult to stay socially distant from other families at all, but as ever, I leave it up to you to choose your activities.
There is truly nothing like the taste of a fresh picked strawberry. Definitely worth a little effort! Here are some more tips to know before you go.
Tips for Picking Strawberries With Your Kids
- Dress Appropriately-Wear clothes and shoes suitable for the field, and hats and sunscreen. In terms of facilities, on our visit there was a porta-potty with a bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Know Your Limits! It’s easy to get caught up in the berry goodness. We overdid it a bit. If you tend to do the same, you’ll want to see #3!
- Have a Plan Fresh strawberries go south fast, so if you don’t have time to deal with them, you’ll want to rinse them and spread them in a layer on a cookie sheet to freeze. Then you can bag up the frozen berries for whenever. My friend Jeanne gave me this genius tip.
- Fight the boredom-If you’re planning on some serious picking, be aware that most kids will have fun for the first 30 minutes or so, before boredom sets in. My friend Traci suggests bringing along some cars or other small toys to let them play with in the dirt. Brilliant!
For more options for strawberry picking, see our complete berry picking guide here! (this has not been updated for 2021 yet, but most of the info should be about the same).