Get 'em while they're ripe. Photo via Bybee Farms website.

Summer's in full swing, and berries are ripe and ready to be picked. And as it so happens, a wealth of pick-your-own berry farms dot the state. Grab your pails and sunscreen, and head over to one of these U-pick farms for a day of sunshine, bucolic activities, and freshly picked fruit.

Note: Hours are subject to change depending on weather and crop availability, so it’s best to call or check the website before heading out. And remember, arriving earlier in the morning nets you the freshest selection of berries.

Remlinger Farms
32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation, remlingerfarms.com
Payment: Cash only in U-pick fields

One of the most popular farm attractions around, Remlinger Farms provides far more than just berries. The 200-acre family fun center is complete with an amusement park, a full-service restaurant, and a market featuring farm-fresh produce. After you've filled your pail, just walk over to the numerous kid-friendly roller coasters or petting farm. (The there is an admission fee to enter the amusement park; however, U-pick fields are free admission.) Forgot your berry pail at home? Not a problem. Remlinger Farms provides all U-pickers with large containers to bring home. Go here if: You're packing little ones. Or like to pet goats.

Graysmarsh Farm
6187 Woodcock Road, Sequim, graysmarsh.com
Payment: Cash or check only

This vast piece of farmland in Sequim sits in the midst of wildlife habitat. You might spot some elk, bald eagles, and other animals roaming around as you pick your berries. Once you’ve filled your berry bucket, you can head on over to the U-pick lavender fields, open through mid-August, for some pleasant fragrances to take home with you as well. Side note: Sequim has a major (and slightly dramatic) lavender festival every July. Go here if: You're seeking a variety of berries and love the scent of lavender. 

Bybee Farms
42930 SE 92nd St., North Bend, bybeenimsfarms.com
Payment: Cash or check only

If scenic is what you want, Bybee Farms is where you’ll find it. Nestled right at the base of Mt. Si, this U-pick blueberry farm provides majestic mountain views and even a space recently created for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Bybee offers six varieties of blueberries, two of which will be available when the farm opens for picking season July 25. The 9am-to-8pm picking hours should please anyone who isn't an early riser, and picking buckets and carry-home containers are provided. Go here if: Your busy schedule requires some flexible berry-picking hours.

Bryant Blueberry Farm and Nursery
5628 Grandview Rd, Arlington, bryantblueberries.com
Payment: Cash, check, or credit card 

Don’t be fooled by the name; Bryant Blueberry Farm and Nursery also provides U-pick tayberries (a cross between blackberries and raspberries), currants, rhubarb, raspberries and blackberries. Cut-your-own flowers are also available to take home. Outside of the picking fields, there is a picnic area, a playground and activity center for kids, and farm animals to feed. For a day of family fun, head over during the farm's annual blueberry festival on July 27 to catch the pony rides, face painting, and barbecue. Go here if: You're looking for a more laid-back family affair.

Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm
14812 SE Eighth St., Bellevue, ci.bellevue.wa.us/blueberry_farm.htm
Payment: Cash or check only                                                                          

This blueberry farm, owned by the Bellevue Parks and Community Services Department, feels less like a traditional farm and more like a park; it sits right next to a main road and the recreational area of Larsen Lake. After you’re done picking berries, you can walk over to the lake for some fishing or simply take a stroll along the trails to observe the wildlife and nature. Go here if: You're a fan of fishing, birdwatching, dog-walking, or jogging—you may just be able to squeeze all those activities into your berry-picking day. 

Bolles Organic Farm
17930 Tualco Loop Road, Monroe, pugetsoundfresh.org/farm/bolles-organic-farm
Payment: Cash, check, or card

If organic is your thing, check out Bolles Organic Farm. The farm, just a 45-minute drive away from Seattle, has been certified organic since 1997. Along with the U-pick berries, the farm sells jams, honey, and a variety of fresh vegetables. Go here if: You like your produce organic and direct from a local grower. 

Cascadian Home Farm
55749 State Route 20, Rockport, cascadianfarm.com
Payment: Cash, check, or card

Cascadian Home farm, located at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, serves more as a pit stop than a full-day trip. This small farm right off of State Route 20 offers organic berry-picking, but is perhaps most notable for its homemade ice cream, sold alongside baked goods and freshly picked fruit, at its Roadside Stand during the summer. Go here if: You're daytripping in the area and really need some berries, ice cream, or a rest stop (or all three) on the way there or back.

Editor's Note: This article was updated on July 19, 2018.

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