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Best U-Pick Blueberries in Western WA

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Looking for a fun activity to do with your family? Pick fresh blueberries! List of local u-pick farms here….

Bryant Blueberry Farm and Nursery
5628 Grandview Road
Arlington, WA 98223
425.327.7207
http://www.bryantblueberries.com

A family-friendly, natural farm. The farm opens for picking July 16, but the better weekend is July 23 – 24 and later, for preferred ripeness. U-Pick Hours & Days = Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays, 8am to 4pm. During the harvest season only, mid-July – August. Bryant’s u-pick, we-pick berry farm is open to the public during the picking season for you and your children to enjoy. Kids will have fun picking our plump, juicy berries and playing on the playground, while they watch the ducks or pet the farm’s goats. Bring lunch and enjoy the scenery from our picnic tables. On Saturday, July 30, it’s the third annual Blueberry Festival! Enjoy barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs at a great price. Bring the family and pick the delicious berries (between 8:00am – 4:00pm). Festival runs from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Watch the kids on the pony and wagon rides, and have your face painted!

Henna Blueberry Farm
1800 Fall City Carnation Road
Fall City, WA 98024
425.806.2751
http://www.hennablueberryfarm.com

Saturday July 16th is their opening day. They’ll be open every weekend until they run out of ripe berries for that weekend. Henna Farms look forward to a great 2011 season. And this year they have nice picnic tables for you to enjoy your lunch. Pack a basket and have a picnic at the farm. Hours: Saturdays, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Sundays, 9:00am to 4:00pm (Or until picked out. Please call first.)

Graysmarsh Farm
6187 Woodcock Road
Sequim, WA 98382
360.683.5563
http://www.olypen.com

Their “all natural” blueberries are usually available from mid-July through mid-September. Around July 20, they expect their raspberries to be ready for picking as well. Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Saturday. 10:00am to 4:00pm Sunday. Come see all the berries, lavender and lovely grounds of the Graysmarsh Farm. Take home some of their handmade preserves, or a lavender plant. Cash or check only. Call ahead for a recording of the day’s farm information.

Black River Blues Blueberry Farm
17132 Moon Road S.W.
Rochester, WA
360.273.3489
http://www.blackriverblues.com

Black River Blues will be opening for our 2011 Summer season on Monday, July 25. Due to the cool weather the season is arriving later than usual. The berries are bountiful however, and they look forward to seeing you at their farm! Hours are: 10:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. First annual Blue*Blastic Family Fun Fest will be on Sunday, July 31 from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The 102 acre historic blueberry farm for a day filled with free activities for all ages. Families are invited to pick 10 pounds of blueberries for free! Free children’s face painting, pictures with a giant blueberry, and this season’s free children’s book.

Mountainview Blueberry Farm
7617 E. Lowell-Larimer Road
Snohomish, WA 98296
360.668-3391 for recorded message
http://www.mountainviewblueberryfarm.com

Nine acres of several delicious varieties of blueberries, opening about the 25th of July. Many of the varieties at this farm herald from days gone by and are not to be found anymore. All the different varieties provide you with several unique flavors and sizes. Cash only farm. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed Mondays.

Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm
14812 SE Eighth Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
425.260.2266

Farm is owned and managed by the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department to help preserve Bellevue’s agricultural heritage. The land provides a pastoral setting for park access and seasonal U-pick opportunities. Over-the-counter blueberries and other fresh produce can also be purchased at the Lake Hills Farm Fresh Produce Stand. People can usually come pick blueberries from mid-July to early September, however, the season varies with climate conditions. Blueberry picking is only permitted in designated areas during sales stand operating hours. Please bring valid Washington state identification as a deposit for picking buckets. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Berries freeze very well. The Washington Blueberry Commission’s Web site, http://www.superblues.net, has recipes for cooking with berries and more!

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