Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at , you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties in Oregon in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Hood River County

  • Browning's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    55164 Imai Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-3760. Email: edbrowning@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: Mid-July - end of August. Click here for a map and directions. . .
  • Draper Girls Country Farm - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, blueberries, cherries, corn (sweet), nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries (red), strawberries, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours
    6200 Highway 35, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (541) 352.6625. Email: drapergirlsfarm@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm; June to December; and Self Serve, twenty four hours December to June. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, WIC Vouchers.
    Draper Girls Country Farm Facebook page. . . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Hood River Valley's only non-pasteurized apple cider, apple pear, cherry, cherry apple, and pear ciders. We also specialize in natural pasture fed lamb and goat. Visit our u-pick peach, plum and nectarine orchards where you find many varieties of tree-ripened fruits. Find 30+ apple varieties, pears and prunes; u-pick or we pick. You can purchase fresh vegetables and our locally made jam, jellies, honey, canned fruit, dried beans and lentils. We are known for our famous cinnamon-sugar dried apples, straight from our Grandma's and Grandpa's kitchen. While visiting, you are invited to walk around the farm to see all the farm animals or picnic in the orchard. We ship fruit. Do not bring pets. (UPDATED: September 1, 2019, JBS)
  • Hilda's Organic U-Pick - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, peaches, tomatoes, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    1519 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-490-8212. Email: hildasorganicupick@yahoo.com. Open: Monday to Sunday, from 8 am to 5 pm, June 20 to October 15. Directions: From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying \'Hilda\'s Organic U-Pick\'. For a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . Alternate Phone: 5414908213. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. From Highway 84, take exit 62, turn right onto Mt. Adams Avenue which quickly turns into Wine Country Avenue which quickly turns into Country Club Road. Go 3 miles to stop sign, go right and continue on Country Club Road for 900 feet and take a left at the sign saying 'Hilda's Organic U-Pick'. For a map to our farm, Cherry season is typically June 20 to July 4, Blueberries: June 20 to July 31, Heirloom Tomatoes: June 31 to September 31, Peaches: July 15 to July 31, Flowers: July 1 pm to September 31. (UPDATED: September 01, 2019) (ADDED: June 22, 2016)
  • James' Organic Blueberries - ORGANIC, blueberries,
    1190 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541 386-5806. Email: hyjames@yahoo.com. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, from 8 am to dusk. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. James' Organic Blueberries . Take Hood River exit 62; turn right onto Country Club Road; go 2 miles and turn left onto Belmont Road; go .5 miles and turn right onto Methodist Road; go .5 miles to "James' Organic Blueberries" sign on right; follow signs for "Organic Blueberries" to U-PICK patch at end of long driveway. Season is usually July 4 through August 4. We have an acre of 42 year old bushes, with seven kinds of berries and are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
  • Knoll Farms - blueberries
    1170 Methodist Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-386-6576. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Middle Mountain Farm - blueberries
    5895 Bonesboro Rd, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: (360) 931-9213. Email: wittwermpd@iinet.com. Click here for a map and directions. . Alternate phone: (541) 352-7913. .
  • Montavons Berries - blueberries, cherries, raspberries (Spring, red), porta-potties are available, picnic area, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6340 Sperry Road, Parkdale, OR 97041. Phone: 541-806-3064. Email: lee@montavonsberries.com. Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm, July 5 to August 31. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers.
    Montavons Berries Facebook page. . They grow the following varieties of blueberries: Duke, Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Herbert.
  • Nelson's Blueberry Farm - blueberries
    5175 Woodworth Drive, Mount Hood, OR 97041. Phone: 541-352-7141. Email: rognelson@hoodriverelectric.net. Open: July 15-August 31, from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Newman Family Farms - ORGANIC, blueberries, peaches
    995 Eastside Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 503-781-9558. Email: Knewman172@gmail.com. Open: Call for hours and availability. Click here for a map and directions. . 5 minutes from downtown Hood River on Panorama Point to head south on Highway 35 and then make a left on Eastside Road. A family-owned business growing certified organic blueberries, peaches, and pears. Working hard to grow nice pears and helping to feed the world with sweet and juicy pears from the famous Hood River Valley in Oregon. U-pick blueberries and Saturn peaches. (ADDED: June 21, 2018, JBS)
  • The Gorge White House - strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries and apples
    2265 Hwy 35, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (541) 386-2828. Email: gorgewhitehouse@gmail.com. Open: April, May, October Friday-Monday 10-6; June 18th-September 30th 7 days a week 10-7; November Saturday and Sunday 11-5ish. Click here for a map and directions.
    The Gorge White House Facebook page. . As always, our freezer is full of 4lb bags of frozen blueberries -smoothie and açai bowl essentials. We also have free styrofoam coolers on occasion for your drive home. Check Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our homepage "In Harvest and Current Happenings" for the latest on fresh fruit. Facebook page. Throughout the season out here at, you will find u-pick . We-pick fruit in the fruit stand includes all of those plus peaches, nectarines and pears. We have grown pears and apples for 4 generations and have diversified into berries, cut flowers, table grapes and wine grapes. What we don't grow on site, we purchase from local Gorge area farmers to sell in our farmstand. We also feature Columbia Gorge wines for sale by the taste, glass or bottle.
  • The Juicy Blue U-Pick Berry Farm - No pesticides are used, blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries.
    1206 Methodist Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-340-9607. Email: info@thejuicyblue.com. Open: daily from 8 am to 8 pm; Average U-Pick Dates are Haskap: Late May - Late June, Blueberries: Early July - Aug. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, check or Venmo. . . Currants: Late June - Early Aug. M​​ember grower of the Oregon Blueberry Commission. Blueberries, haskap, red, white, and black currants, gooseberries, and blackberries are all grown without spray or pesticides of any kind. ​​
  • Two Peaks Blues - blueberries
    5000 O\'Leary Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: 541-354-1706. Directions: Located in the fashionable Dee Flat district of Hood River County, we are purveyors of fine blueberries, ready for you and your family to pick and enjoy -- in season and at the appropriate time and appointed hour. Click here for a map and directions. . You will have to call; their website won't come up. .
  • Wilinda Blueberry Patch - blueberries
    730 Frankton Rd., Hood River, OR 97031. Phone: (801) 556-7964. Email: lindachamberlain@comcast.net. Open: 9 am to 6 pm daily, ON HONOR SYSTEM. Click here for a map and directions. Wilinda Blueberry Patch . BRING SMALL BILLS, on Hot days, open 7 am.We sell unsprayed . 2.00 per pint for U-pick. 3.00 pint for already picked. Look for us on the Fruit Loop map, #28.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)