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, 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!
Please make sure to follow any coronavirus safety precautions that each farm requests its visitors to follow.
Strawberries and Raspberries
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.
Raspberry Field: 5207 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Strawberry Field: 7701 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Contact: 425-333-4185 email@example.com
Payment: cash, debit, or credit, no checks. Credit cards preferred.
This family owned farm of over 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 make sure they are open.
Update from the Farm (07/07): Harvold opened for raspberry picking on July 7 and strawberry picking ends July 9. Normal hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, but they may close early or close for a day to allow for recovery when the fields are picked out. Check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
10819 Carnation Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Contact: (425) 788-1134 firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment: only available with membership see details below.
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.
32610 NE 32nd St., Carnation,
Payment: cash or credit
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 farm 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.
Update from the Farm (07/12): Raspberry fields remain open, but strawberry fields have now closed. They will post updates online here, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Blueberries are usually ripe in July and August, but make sure to get out to pick them before they are gone!
7125 W Snoqualmie Valley Road NE, Carnation
Payment: by subscription, see website for more details
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, a fun background for the kiddos. More info here.
Update from the Farm (07/02): Blueberry picking began July 2.
Payment: cash or check only
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 open 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. Keep an eye on their website for 2021 details.
Update from the Farm (07/21): Blueberry picking opened July 16.
Cottage Gardens Heirloom Blueberries
14355 Kelly Road NE, Duvall
Payment: Credit and debit cards preferred.
Cottage Gardens farm offers 11 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. Keep an eye on their website for 2021 details.
Update from the Farm (07/11): Blueberry picking begins July 16.
32500 NE 60th St, Carnation
Contact: 425-806-2751, email@example.com
Payment: Cash, Venmo, Visa, Mastercard, and Apple Pay.
Henna grows 10 varieties of exceptionally sweet berries 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.
Update from the Farm (6/26): U-pick season for 2021 opened on June 26. Check their Facebook page for updates.
Tips to Get the Best 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.
Are we missing any u-pick farms in the Snoqualmie Valley? Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!