Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. Bainbridge Island Blueberry Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson\'s planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open season.
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020) Persephone Farm - ORGANIC, U-pick Lavender9828 Midway Avenue, Idianola, WA. Phone: 360-297-1877. wrich33195@aol.com. We are a small, family farm. We use sustainable practices based on principles of deep ecology. We are not certified organic. We do use many biodynamic methods and re always looking toward creating a closed-loop holistic farm system. Our apprenticeship program is a centerpiece of the farm in which we train future growers, teaching all aspects of operating a diverse farm. Our floral design business also makes us unique. We grow lots of cutting flowers and specialize in wedding flowers, both loose & arranged. In addition, we have a U-pick lavender business. Please call for an appointment. Pheasant Fields Farm - pumpkins, U-Cut Flowers, Corn Stalks, Corn Maze, Hay Maze, Picnic Area, Pumpkin Patch, Tours13274 Clear Creek Road NW, Silverdale, WA. Phone: 360-697-6224. pheasantfields@yahoo.com. from Easter through October from 10 am to 6 pm on Monday through Saturday and we are closed on Sundays except for the month of October when we are open from noon until 6 pm. Seasonal vegetables, flowers, lavender & year around farm fresh eggs. CSA shares available May through October. Summer farm camp help July & August. Harvest season includes U-pick pumpkins and nighttime entertainment: "No Ghoul, No Gore, No Scare" for ages 1-100, includes a nocturnal farm tour with music, storytelling & campfires. "Wild Woods" is held just before Halloween for four nights. Parental accompaniment required for ages under 12, for fun & thrills. Easy coach access. Reservations required for groups. 2 miles north of the Kitsap Mall on Clear Creek Road in Silverdale.
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)

Seattle-Kitsap-Island area of Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Seattle-Kitsap-Island 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.

Island County

  • Bonnies Blueberries - blueberries,
    Jones Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-679-3600. Open: July 15 to September 30 on Monday - Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: 48.357228, -122.601337. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. .
  • Dugualla Bay Farms - Blueberries, Blackberries, restrooms
    36951 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: (360) 929-0237. Email: duguallabayberries@gmail.com. Open: late Spring and summer; closed in the fall and winter months. Directions: See their Facebook page for directions. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Venmo, PayPal, ApplePay . . pick your own crops, Dugualla Bay Berries grows the freshest organic blueberries and blackberries and has plans to add raspberries and strawberries in the future. (ADDED: October 03, 2021, Suggested by a visitor)
  • Hunter's Moon Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, Honey from hives on the farm
    935 Bunch Lane, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Phone: 360-279-2804. Email: huntersmoonorganics@gmail.com. Open: end of July - middle of September Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Directions: Traveling North: From Oak Harbor travel north on SR 20 & turn right onto Fakkema. Turn right onto Taylor, turn left onto Silver Lake, turn left onto DeVries. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Bunch Lane. The farm is the first house on the left. Traveling South from Deception Pass: approximately 7 miles south of the bridge on SR 20, turn left onto Fakkema. Follow same directions from Oak Harbor. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover. Hunter's Moon Farm . Blueberries: end of July to middle of September. We are certified organic for all crops! (ADDED: June 08, 2015)

Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island Blueberry - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, gift shop, concessions or refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, picnic area, weddings and wedding parties
    West Side Of North Madison, Just South Of Valley R, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Phone: 206 855-0947. Email: studio_metro@yahoo.com. Open: season. Directions: We are located on the West side of North Madison, just South of Valley Road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . July - October Check for ripening/opening; see our Facebook page. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Co. is located on a sunny ridge above Rolling Bay on a 100 year old heritage farm formerly owned by the Wilson family for generations (Old Island Holly Farm). The Wilson's planted the two acres of blueberry fields in 2008 and opened for berries in 2009, new owners carried on in 2011. The farm provides U-pick blueberries, U-cut dahlias, pre-packed pints/flats blueberries (when available or by arrangement), flower bouquets and some seasonal produce during our open In 2021, a visitor reports Blueberries are $5/lb and dahlias (cut your own) are $10/ dozen. (UPDATED: July 29, 2021, JBS)
  • Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm - blueberries, restrooms, picnic area
    12257 Arab Lane Se, Olalla, WA 98359. Phone: (360) 602-5649. Email: ericnjamibills@gmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 6 pm Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm Approx; July 10th - September 1st We are open by appointment only! So please use the FB booking option, or call. Directions: Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill \(big hill\) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 14 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . . Take Highway 16 to the Burley Olalla exit. Go up the hill (big hill) and as you are coming down to the bottom, you will see Arab Lane on the left. Take a left onto Arab, follow the road up 1/4 mile and you will see our sign on the right. The farm is down a gravel road, and at the bottom on the left. Please park inside the gate, as we share our cul-de-sac with our neighbors. Approximately July 10th to September 1st. We use natural organic practices, and are subject to the NOP small quantity exemption. (ADDED: March 09, 2020)
  • The Kingston Rock Ranch & Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blackberries, blueberries, plums, restrooms, picnic area you may bring your own food
    6066 State Highway 104 NE, Kingston, WA 98346. Phone: (360) 710-4182. Open: Mid July through the end of August; daily, 9 am to 7 pm. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We do NOT spray. We use NO Herbicides or Pesticides. We have pails for picking & take home containers are provided for your picked crop. Pickers are required to eat blueberries while picking. (ADDED: July 30, 2021)

 

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)