7 Spots for U-Pick Berries in the Snoqualmie Valley
Summertime means berry time! Visiting a u-pick farm is a fun, affordable way to enjoy fresh-picked strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. It is also a great way to support local farms. We’ve compiled a list of Snoqualmie Valley farms that let you pick your own berries, plus some tips so you get the freshest berries possible. And be sure to always check if the fields will be open before you go!
Tips to Get the Best U-Pick Berries
- Morning is an ideal time to pick. The weather’s cooler and the fields haven’t yet been picked over. Most farms close once they’ve been “picked out” for the day.
- Some u-picks are cash or check only, so be prepared. Prices generally range from $1.25 to $3.00 per pound.
- Some farms are certified organic, some follow organic practices without being certified, and others take a conventional approach. If you want to know what a farm’s growing practices are, just ask.
- Kids are welcome, but most farms do not allow dogs.
- You’ll be out in the sun, crouching and kneeling in the dirt or mud while handling stain-inducing fruit, so dress everyone accordingly. Pack hats, sunscreen, snacks, and plenty of water. A change of clothes and shoes is a good idea, too.
- There’s no need to bring your own containers; farms will have low cardboard boxes set inside special carriers ready for you to fill.
- Berries will keep longer if picked with their green caps intact. Once you’re home, get them in the fridge right away and use or freeze them within a couple days.
- Check that the farm is open before you head out.
- Extend your visit and enjoy more things to do in the Snoqualmie Valley.
When Are U-Pick Berries Ready?
Strawberries are the first berries to ripen, usually starting in mid-June and lasting about 3 weeks; however, that can be earlier or later depending on the spring weather. Raspberries follow strawberries and are usually ready for picking in July. Blueberries are usually ripe in July and August, but make sure to get out to pick them before they are gone!
Bybee Farms is situated at the base of Mount Si and offers picking with a spectacular view. Bybee has six varieties of blueberries and usually opens around mid-July and ends mid-September. They use sustainable agricultural methods and provide picking buckets and carry-home containers. No dogs in the fields. Cash or check only.
The 200-acre farm provides both berry picking and entertainment. Remlinger has u-pick strawberries and raspberries and provides containers. After you’ve filled your pail, just walk over to the numerous kid-friendly roller coasters or petting zoo at the main farm. There is an admission fee to enter the amusement park, however u-pick fields are free admission. Remlinger accepts cash, Visa, and MasterCard for payment.
Harvold Berry Farm
This family-owned farm of 50+ years has strawberries and raspberries at affordable prices. Containers are provided at no charge. Be sure to visit their Facebook page or call ahead to be sure they are open. Cash, debit, or credit (no checks). Credit cards preferred.
Raspberry Field: 5207 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Strawberry Field: 7701 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Henna Blueberry Farm
Henna grows 10 varieties of exceptionally sweet blueberries and uses natural farming practices, but are not yet certified organic. Henna is generally open from the last week of June until beginning of August, depending on the weather. Cash, Venmo, Visa, Mastercard, and Apple Pay.
Blue Dog Farm
A small, family-owned farm, based on a membership model. Blue Dog grows big, sweet, certified-organic blueberries. Members pay $35 ($30 before July 1) for a season and get access to the u-pick beginning in July with a less-crowded picking experience than the public farms. There is an additional charge for each pound picked, payable by check, Paypal, or Venmo (but not cash). This working farm also has cows and chickens, fun for the kiddos.
Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
U-Pick is NOT open to the general public – you must be a member to be able to do U-pick at Oxbow. Visit their website for details on membership and u-pick programs. Anticipated seasonal fruit and berries include raspberries, apples, pears, plums, and grapes.
Blueberry Glenn (formerly Cottage Gardens) offers 11 heirloom varieties of blueberries that ripen from mid-July through early September. The almost 700 blueberry bushes have been in production since the 1940s. In August they also have a large u-cut sunflower garden with many varieties and colors which make beautiful bouquets. Adjacent to the berry and flower fields is a pond and many acres of woods with deer, birds, and other wildlife, so if you are the first pickers of the morning you’ll likely be sharing the field with several deer. Credit and debit cards preferred.