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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Directions: See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year \(dependent on weather\). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres, Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: \My family loves this park. Click here for a map and directions. it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. \" """
  • Four Elements Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town." Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries 3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA, Phone: 360-357-7458. 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Gile Blueberry Farm is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing blueberries at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)" Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries 2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA, Phone: 360-943-0460. starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours.

 

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!

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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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)

Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more customer-friendly.. of the two! :)"
  • Josephson Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    2817 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-943-0460. Open: starting in late July or early August; Please call for days and hours. Click here for a map and directions. .
  • Teddie's Berries - blueberries, We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals
    6344 123rd Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98512. Phone: 360-357-8370. Email: teddiesberries@comcast.net. Open: call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are but call to confirm Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. Directions: From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry signdriveway on Right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Teddie's Berries Fax:. . call for hours we will be open each season, usually during July and August, Typical hours are (but call to confirm) Monday 8am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm. From I-5 south of Olympia--take 93rd Avenue exit and go Right follow to end, Left at Littlerock Road to 123rd Avenue on Right, follow to blueberry sign/driveway on Right. Please call ahead to be sure field is open the day you plan to come out, sometimes we have to close the field if not enough berries are ripe/have to wait for green ones to ripen;) For picked berries please call and leave your name, phone # and # of lbs of berries wanted and we will call you back when your order is filled. mid-end July thru mid-end August. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Please bring containers/boxes to put your berries in to take home if possible (this is how we keep our costs down). Thank you.

 

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!

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Olympia Area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Olympia Area of Washington State 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.

Lewis County

  • Aldrich Berry Farms & Nursery - Blueberries
    190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA . Phone: 360-983-3138. Email: galdrich@tds.net.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 am. Directions: We are located just 12 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the \'home of the original Mossyrock blueberries\'. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing BLUEBERRIES for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and . Click here for a map and directions. . . We are located just 1/2 mile west of Mossyrock, Washington. Family-owned, we are the 'home of the original Mossyrock '. Since 1944 we at Aldrich Berry Farm have been growing for fresh eating and home preserving; locally grown, available directly from our farm, usually in July and August. Blueberry PLANTS, conifers, native plants, and Christmas trees for your garden are available at retail all year long. Wholesale quantities are available in the traditional fall - spring shipping season. We feel that "sustainability" could have been coined at our farm; Our oldest blueberry field - still in production - is over 70 years old! A couple of our old varieties well exceed some of the newer ones in anthocynin content which is the factor that makes so healthful!
  • Bunker Creek Berry Patch - No pesticides are used, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked
    214 Bunker Creek Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532. Phone: 253-988-5347. Email: Shereen.bennight@gmail.com. Open: See their Facebook page, call or email for their hours; ask them to updatye here, too. Directions: I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 12 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home \(blue\). Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . I-5 to exit 77. West on highway 6 to Bunker Creek RD. Turn right. 1/2 mile on Bunker Creek RD to first farm on the right. Historic farm home (blue). We do not use pesticides on the crops. They have 8 varieties of highly nutritious blueberries, grown using organic practices. Feed your body the best local food available! In 2021, $3.00 per pound UPICK

Pierce County

  • Charlottes Blueberry Park - Blueberries, picnic area
    7402 E. D Street, Tacoma, WA 98404. Phone: (253) 305-1000. Open: July - September Daylight hours. Click here for a map and directions. . See their website for directions. This is not a Farm any more, but it used to be a farm in 1929, volunteers now help maintain several thousand blueberry bushes that can be picked July through September each year. It is now owned by Metro Parks Tacoma. Since the Blueberry Park Project started in 1999, more than 3,372 bushes have been trimmed to ground level and are now producing fruit. Five varieties of blueberries grow in the park. Picking season runs from July through September each year (dependent on weather). Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally. There is no fee to pick the blueberries which are first-come-first-serve during picking season. This neighborhood park covers 20 acres,
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2012: "My family loves this park, it is so beautiful and relaxing. There are lots of trees in addition to the blueberry bushes. "
  • Four Elements Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, flowers
    14308 Military Rd E, Puyallup, WA 98374. Phone: . Open: Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closed Monday and Tuesday; Typically, the berries are ready to pick in early July and the season lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: cash, check, credit cards and debit cards.
    Four Elements Farm Facebook page.
  • Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC - blueberries, restrooms
    1201 South Fruitland, Puyallup, WA 98371. Phone: (253) 904-7081. Email: farmer@linboblueberries.com. Open: Dates vary depending on when the berries are ripe; Check website or facebook for open days and hours; typically 9 am to 5 pm in season. Directions: Directions: highway 167 or River Road to Meridian \(downtown Puyallup\). West on Pioneer \(approx. 2 miles\). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, ApplePay.
    Linbo Blueberry Farm LLC Facebook page. . highway 167 or River Road to Meridian (downtown Puyallup). West on Pioneer (approx. 2 miles). Left onto South Fruitland at the light. 1 mile up hill. Farm is on the left. Blueberry season is typically mid-July to mid-August. Our 5-acre+ farm was planted in the 1940's. Many of the heirloom varieties still produce a bounty of fruit in the summer months. We are a family operated U-Pick farm. Since 1998, we have not sprayed the plants with pesticides. Come enjoy classical music as you pick blueberries and taste the difference. 20 different heirloom blueberry varieties. Since 1998, the Linbo family has owned and operated the U-Pick farm using ecologically sound practices for the health of you, us, and nature. (UPDATED: July 07, 2022)
    Comments from a visitor on August 02, 2012: "Linbo Blueberry Farm just opened today for the 2012 season! We are repeat customers from last year, and I must say, the staff is just as friendly and the berries just as tasty as ever! $2.50 per pound this year, and what a deal it is. Even my kids had a great time picking. I am very proud to support this local farm. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2010: "This farm is now closed for the season "
    Comments from a visitor on July 31, 2009: "I went to Limbo farms this past weekend with my family, we had a great time, my girls were very excited because they got there own little buckets, just be aware that they only take cash and local checks, it was not stated in the web site so we were not prepared so we had to find an atm, but we had a great time!! We will be back next year!!"
    Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2008: "I went to Linbo Blueberry Farm today. It was great! I have never done you pick before and we had a blast. They were very helpful! I can't wait to go back and pick again!"

Thurston County

  • Black River Blues Blueberry Farm - blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm, porta-potties are available, picnic area
    17132 Moon Road Southwest, Rochester, WA 98579. Phone: (360)273-3489. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7 days a week,from 10 am to 6 pm. Directions: 2 miles West of Rochester on State Route 12, Turn onto Moon Road, farm is one mile on right. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. . Blueberries:July 11 to end of August. Our farm is a 102 acre historical blueberry farm, We welcome all ages,pets are not allowed. We are G.A.P. certified through the U.S.D.A. We offer many different varieties of blueberries allowing us to have a prolonged season. Many of our blueberries are very old varieties that are known both for flavor as well as higher antioxidant levels. We provide buckets for picking and package your berries for the ride home. All ages are welcome, however, no pets please.
  • Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area, school tours
    3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.e., Olympia, WA 98506. Phone: 360 352-3622. Email: cdory0@comcast.net. Open: Season opens late July to early August, and closes middle to late October; Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk; Call 360 352 3622 for information. Directions: Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 13 of a mile to the address 3844-12 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. Carr's Washingtin State Certified Organic Blueberry Farm Alternate Phone: 30 352-3739. . Travel North on Boston Harbor Road N.E. Turn Right at 36th Avenue N.E. At the 1st. stop sign turn left onto Gull Harbor Road N.E. Travel about 1/3 of a mile to the address 3844-1/2 Gull Harbor Road N.E. and farm sign on the right. We are certified organic for all crops! 2012 is a great season here at the farm with many older flavorful Heritage varieties ripening through September. We will have certified organic apples already picked by your custom order in the Fall. Come experience the peace and tranquility of our farm. We look forward to seeing you, Tom and Wren.
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2010: "09/02/10: Same price as last year ($2.25/lb). Sign says field is muddy this year due to rain and suggests wearing mud boots. Area adjacent to creek is muddy. Elsewhere not so much. "
  • Friendly Grove Blueberry Farm - No pesticides are used, organic blueberries,
    3102 Friendly Grove Road NE Olympia, WA 98506, Olympia, WA 98502. Phone: 360-357-3837. Email: dan@blueberry-lane.com. Open: from mid-June, see their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Organic U-Pick blueberries. Old variety blueberries - no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides nor fungicides. A lovely setting you will enjoy with your friends and family. Formerly called Dan & Crown Blueberry Lane. This is a U-pick blueberry farm and though not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, they keep it natural. This is a beautiful setting with a lot of bio-diversity around the field. Their season starts anywhere from July 1st to August 1st depending on the climate during the year. Check their page mid-June forward for updates on when we will . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . open and what our hours will be. You can reach the farm by bicycle! They often have the best prices in the area, too.
    Comments from a visitor on August 26, 2011: "I have not personally visited the farm, but saw a flyer for it at the Olympia Library and thought it should be made more well known to the public that Carr's isn't the only organic u-pick blueberry option in town."
  • Gile Blueberry Farm - Blueberries
    3717 Gull Harbor Road, NE, Olympia, WA . Phone: 360-357-7458. Open: 9 am to 8 pm daily. Click here for a map and directions. Gile Blueberry Farm, is family owned and operated . You can bring the kids for a day of picking or if you don't have time, we will pick them for you. You will not find a better blueberry around - and we're pesticide free! The brothers love to hear your stories about "picking for school clothes money as a kid" or how "you were fired for throwing at someone when you were 12", so come on down and re-live your memories in our fields. We have buckets for you to pick into and will send you home with boxes, although you can always bring your own. 2014 Prices are (per pound) $1.50 for u-pick and $2.25 for ready pick.
    Comments from a visitor on September 06, 2012: "I have picked at Leon's farm for many years and although he is not CERTIFIED ORGANIC, his berries are never sprayed. The farm has been in his family since before he was born, and he is very old. Beautiful farm, beautiful berries. "
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Leon is open for picking, and charging 1.50 a pound."
    Comments from a visitor on August 10, 2011: "Ken and Leon are brothers; Leon is the uh.. more