South Sound Area U Pick Blueberry Farms
Looking for a place to go blueberry picking? Here’s a round up of u pick blueberry spots in Tacoma, Auburn, Olympia, Puyallup, and Enumclaw. If you know of another South Sound area place to take the kids blueberry picking, do let us know!
I have only personally been to Charlotte’s, but all of these have been recommended by readers. *We do encourage you to use the provided links before going to any of these to confirm openings. These are small farms and may close unexpectedly. Have fun!
Updated 7/11/2020 Most of these spots are not yet open but should be open soon! Most of them do have some new procedures related to Covid safety, so read up before you go. For the latest updates, you’ll want to check their fb posts. If you have reviews or updates for me, let me know!
Rusty Plow – Enumclaw Several readers have recommended this spot (see the comments). Open select dates. See this page for their safety updates and options.
Blue Dot Blueberry Farm – Enumclaw This is an organically managed farm! Check their site or call before you go 360.825.1623 to be sure this small farm is open. Open but this year you need to make an appointment in advance.
Canter Berry Farm – Auburn They ask you to check the u-pick link in their sidebar for daily updates.Currently planning on a late July opening with social distancing guidelines in place.
Bob’s Blueberry Patch – Covington/Kent There is likely no u pick this year. Bob has leased his farm to BnB berries, and their current plan is for we pick berries only (They expect the season to begin mid July, and you can place orders). There is more detail via the link above.
Linbo Blueberry Farm – Puyallup From their site: U-Pick will be by appointment only this year. No one will be allowed on the farm without an appointment. To eliminate in-person transactions at the farm, we will be charging a flat rate of $23 per person that includes entry to the field AND all the berries you pick, regardless of how much you pick. The number of people allowed on the farm will be limited per day.
Four Elements Farm-Puyallup Offers organic, u pick blueberries in addition to other tasty things. Mid July opening planned with special safety updates. Was not open as of July 12 but they suggest keeping up with their fb page.
Meadow Woods Farm Eatonville At the moment I don’t see blueberry updates, but Sarah has lots of beautiful flowers that she has been selling at various locations.
Eatonville Nursery-Eatonville A reader last year said this spot offered blueberry picking (see the comments). Their fb page says u pick will open when the berries are right.
Charlotte’s Blueberry Park – Tacoma FREE pesticide-free blueberry picking at this public park in Tacoma. Read our full review on this park with blueberry picking in Tacoma. Note from SFM: There are some ongoing safety concerns at this park. I haven’t been recently, and I can’t make that decision for you, but I thought you should know. If anyone *has* been here recently, please leave a comment! I believe the park will be open for berries as usual, but I haven’t checked on that yet.
Gile Blueberry Farm – Olympia I’m excited to see that it looks like this spot is going to open again for 2020! Their fb page says to look for an update mid July. Recommended by Olympia area mom Gretchen of the fun blog, That Mama Gretchen. If you’re looking for a new mom to follow, you’ll enjoy her fun site on her young family’s adventures. She’s also a homeschooling mom, which I know is a topic some of you are exploring right now.
Note that I have only included South Sound area spots, and I have only included those that offer u-pick. For more options, check Puget Sound Fresh, If you do know of an area u pick blueberry farm that I missed, leave a comment.
Tips for Blueberry Picking
Before you go, be sure to follow these tips:
- Be sure to read any Covid related updates and do follow the instructions. Pay special attention to what you need to bring and how to pay.
- Make sure you have hats and sunscreen.
- Leave your pets at home.
- Go early in the day if you can.
- Consider bringing small toys like matchbox cars that children can run along the rows and play with if they aren’t interested in picking.
- These are small, family run operations. If you have questions about their berries or their growing practices, give ’em a holler!
Read on for links to our other, “Berry good,” berry posts.
Other Berry Adventures:
During the season (typically mid June through early July) you can go strawberry picking at Picha Farms. As of this writing that season is in its final days. Go fast!
You may also find fresh, local berries at your farmer’s market now, and several local farms sell flats on site. Be sure to check on Covid related policy and location changes at your market.
If you are looking for products that are pre picked and certified organic, try the Wild Hare Organic Farm in Tacoma/Puyallup (former Terry’s Berries), and the Johnson Berry Farm in Olympia. They have pics of some delicious looking berries on their fb page! Yum!
A little later in the year, you can take the kids blackberry picking. Here are our best tips for how to pick wild blackberries! I haven’t updated this post for a while, but I think it should still be good. I know the cobbler recipe is!
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