Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am-7pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9am-6pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9am-6pm, Dec.24th: 9am-2:30pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)

Yamhill County, Oregon Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Yamhill County, 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.

Yamhill County

  • Farmer John's Produce & Nursery - strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, hayrides
    15000 SW Oldsville Road, McMinnville, OR 97128. Phone: (503) 474-3514. Open: Season: Mid April - October 31st and December; Spring Hours: Mon. Click here for a map and directions. /Wed.-Sat. 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays; Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm; Fall Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 am to 6 pm; Winter Hours: Thurs. - Sun. 9 am to 6 pm, Dec.24th: 9 am to 2:30 pm. We also suggest bringing your own boxes or buckets. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call with questions. At Farmer John's Produce and Nursery you may choose to pick the produce for yourself or shop inside the stand. Our experienced field crew gets up with the sun and goes to the fields where they pick "the pick of the crop" for our customers. Would you like your kids to see how the different vegetables and fruits grow? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes with picking your own produce? Come on out to our u-pick field and pick away. There is also a price break for picking your own produce. You will need to bring your own boxes or buckets and we will weigh them before you go out to the field. The items available for u-pick may vary with weather so call to find out what is being u-picked.
  • Green Vista Farms - blueberries
    22550 Magness Rd. NW, Salem, OR 97304. Phone: (503) 868-7377. Click here for a map and directions. . (2014)
  • Jeff (and Jennifer)'s U-Pick - strawberries, blueberries
    18265 SE Neck Road, Dayton, OR . Phone: (503) 560-9275. Email: goddik@frontier.com. Open: 8 am to 8 pm daily Call for availability before going! A u-pick farm offering strawberries and blueberries. Click here for a map and directions. . 2018 blueberries are $8.00 a bag or bucket and we furnish both. Also called Goddik Family Farm. (UPDATED: June 28, 2020)
  • Neck Road Produce - blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), strawberries, porta-potties
    18945 Se Neck Road, Dayton, OR 97114. Phone: (503) 991-0000. Email: neckroadproduce@gmail.com. Open: We are closed on Wednesdays and open all other days; Hours are 5 am to 9 pm; Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for specific details on what is available to pick. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . Alternate Phone: (971) 241-1367. . We are approximately 2.5 miles down Neck Road. We are a family operated U-Pick. We have buckets available for purchase or you may bring your own picking container. Please weigh containers at the scale house proceed to pick and then reweigh and pay for your picked weight. Please refer to our Facebook or Instagram for seasonal picking updates and more information. (ADDED: July 24, 2021)
  • Smith Berry Barn - apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries, Tayberries, gooseberries, currants, Marionberries, boysenberries, silvanberries, kotatberries
    24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123. Phone: 503-628-2172. Open: 10am to 5pm. Click here for a map and directions.
    Smith Berry Barn Facebook page. . For more about the crops we grow and variety info, take a look at our Ripening Guide and check back here for updates. We will post approximate opening dates for U-pick once our season gets closer. In the mean time, we are open with ready-picked produce and our farm store is stocked with lots of great goodies for the holidays. We grow over 20 varieties of berries, available for picking approximately late May through early October.
  • The Blue Nickol Blueberries - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Fresh eggs, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    158 Atlantic Street, Mcminnville, OR 97128. Phone: (971) 241-6541. Email: thebluenickol@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week: 7 am to 8 pm, June 15 to August 15. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard. . Farm Fresh Eggs available year round. For nearly 30 years we've been growing blueberries in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Our berries have never been sprayed and we're proud to say they're safe to eat right off of the bush! Bring the whole family and come visit us mid-June through early-August. 2018 price: U-Pick ($3.00/lb.) or We-Pick ($3.50/lb.) We also offer fresh eggs year-round. $5.00/dozen. To pick up eggs stop by any day or time -- eggs are available on a self-serve honor system. (ADDED: May 11, 2017)

 

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)