Seattle's known for its love of all things farm-to-table and the summer’s blissfully long days. Good thing Puget Sound U-pick farms come in almost as many varieties as there are blueberries, from historic bogs to amusement parks. Check out each farm's website before visiting for information on hours, availability, and social distancing measures, and get ready for a fridge full of berries (blue-, rasp-, black-, and more) for weeks to come.
Dreamed up for a school assignment in 2009, this volunteer-run native food rehabilitation project boasts a diverse range of berry bushes that draw neighborhood fruit-fanatics every summer. More than a traditional farm visit, it’s worth a mention for its year-round options and community-centric attitude. Bring your own basket to carry out your haul and make a donation if you’re able.
Baking pros might recognize the farm’s name from its blueberry-centric cookbook, but others know the Arlington location for its family-friendly atmosphere, picnic tables, and extensive nursery. Burned out on blueberries? Make your way to the farm’s lesser-known picks: currants, loganberries, boysenberries, Aronia berries, and a rotating selection of veggies.
Owners Doug and Clarissa Metzler Cross are a duo of many talents, as evidenced by their U-pick farm, which doubles as a saddlebred horse stable. The farm has historic roots literally dating back to 1947, when the original owners first planted the blueberry crops that the Metzler Cross family now cares for. Check the website for updates before heading to Auburn—the five acre farm regulates picking to protect the heirloom berries.
The tranquil Ball Creek sets the stage for these Puyallup blueberry fields. Owned by Amy and Agustin Moreno, the certified organic farm offers U-pick berries from bushes that are over 70 years old. Pay by the pound, and if you're feeling up for the challenge, pick 50 for a $50 deal.
Sequim is the poster child for Washington summers with its Olympic views, inescapable lavender scent, and impressively large berry bushes. Picking raspberries, loganberries, and lavender at Graysmarsh Farms can easily become a day-long event, but for those with a little less time on their hands, pre-picked half-flats are available to purchase alongside the farm’s honey, essential oils, and surprising jam blends.
You might want to pull the rain boots out for this one: Planted in a spring-fed bog, these historic blueberry fields were saved from demolition because of their natural surroundings. Call the Puyallup farm for an appointment, pay a flat rate, and then pick to your heart’s content; if you end up hauling home more than can be eaten in a week, pull up Linbo’s website for a collection of recipes, from classic blueberry cornmeal muffins to blueberry beet borsch.
Keith and Janet Stocker's 20-acre farm offers seven varieties of heirloom blueberries (including the Collins, a special variety with a distinct blueberry-grape flavor), sunflower fields, and the priceless know-how of these fourth-generation Snohomish farmers. Take a break from your picking extravaganza by soaking in the farm’s views of the Snohomish River Valley and (if the weather is clear) Mount Baker.
The Remlingers started out with a little roadside fruit stand in 1965, and it’s since become an annual summer destination for Seattle families, complete with a range of activities that stretch the definition of what a farm can be. Seasonal U-pick fields, a farm store with a well-stocked supply of canning tools, a bakery, a restaurant, and an amusement park make up the Carnation institution—check Facebook or the farm's website daily for updates on availability.