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Best Berry Picking Around the Sound

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We need some more sun to ripen those strawberries! But come mid-June, we should have the makings for delicious berries and jam!  Grab the kids and a bucket and get pickin’!

Biringer Farm
21412 59th Avenue NE
Arlington, WA 98223
425.259.0255
http://www.biringerfarm.com

Biringer Farm is a premier grower of choice sweet & juicy strawberries, raspberries & tayberries. The Strawberry Harvest Festival is Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 with fun activities – Pony Rides (Sat), Giant Strawberry Rides, Animals, Giant Strawberry Inflatable, Face Paint, and ride the Jolly Trolley out to acres of strawberries for U-Pick fun.

Pica Farms
6502 52nd Street E
Puyallup, WA 98371
253.841.4443
http://www.pichafarms.com

Pica Farms has been in the Sound since the early 1900s, and proudly provides Anthony’s restaurants with their fruit. Picha’s berries are available at two convenient locations in Puyallup (just off River Road at 66th Avenue E) and Tacoma (one block east of Mt. Tahoma High School). Strawberries (We Pick/UPick) – mid-June to early July, includes Shuksan, Totem, Rainier, & Puget Summer varieties.

Remlinger Farms
32610 NE 32nd Street
Carnation, WA
425.333.4135
http://www.remlingerfarms.com

Bring the whole family to the farm for an old-fashioned experience. Pick your own fresh berries right off the plant.  Containers are at the fields, so there is no need to bring anything except your enthusiasm! Berries are sold by the pound and are weighed when you are done picking right there in the field. Since only natural fertilizers are used, the berries are safe to eat right away. The Family Fun Park is open Saturdays & Sundays from 10:30am – 4:30pm (until June 20th when summer hours begin 7 days a week).

Terry’s Berries
4520 River Road
Tacoma, WA 98443
253.922.1604
http://www.terrysberries.com

Terry’s Berries is a diversified organic berry and produce farm located on the edge of Tacoma in the Puyallup valley. Terry and Dick Carkner have been farming their 20-acres for over 25 years, have been certified organic for over 20 years. Call ahead to check on produce available for u-pick. And check out Terry’s blog for recipes like these:

Watermelon Lemonade with Berries
from http://www.terrysberriesrecipes.blogspot.com
Perfect on a hot summer day!

2 cups seeded, cold watermelon chunks
1/2 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
1/2 cup chilled lemonade
1 to 2 tbsp sugar or honey to taste
8 to 10 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into large, frosty mugs. Serves 2.

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