Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Bill's Berry Farm - 2023 permanently closed  ORGANIC, apples, blueberries, cherries, flowers, pumpkins, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and already picked, concessions or refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, pony rides, petting zoo, birthday parties, school tours
    3674 N. County Line Road, Grandview, WA 98930. Open: UPDATE for 2023: They are permanently closed, according to Google
  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, muscadine grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, pumpkins, raspberries, and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Raspberry Picking June 30 to July; Blueberry picking mid-July to October; Pears Bartlett Late August early September; Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October. Pumpkins October. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and Other Fruits and Veggies. Typical dates: Blueberries.... July 15th - Oct 15th...Apples and Pears Through Oct 30th . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: June 27, 2018, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)

Central Washington State Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in !

Find a local pick your own farm here!

Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central 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.

Benton County

  • Crimson Acres, LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries,
    52217 W. Yakitat Rd, Benton City, WA 99320. Phone: (509) 438-8628. Email: OFFICE@CRIMSONACRES.US. Open: Days and Hours are subject to change throughout the season due to heat and weather; Please contact our website to get accurate u - picking hours; typically, the season is from the second week of June through the second week of August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. . We are certified organic for all crops! We provide picking buckets that are lined with a take home vented bag free of charge. Please do not bring your animals onto our premises as we must comply with Food Safety Rules. (ADDED: July 04, 2020)

Yakima County

  • Blueberry Hill Berries - blackberries, blueberries, currants (red and black), grapes, Muscadines, grapes, raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (yellow), U-pick and already picked, restrooms
    1542 W. Wapato Road, Wapato, WA 98951. Phone: 509-961-3001. Email: jennifer@bhberries.com. Open: Sunday through Friday; from 7am to 6pm; Early June to Early August. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberry Hill Berries Facebook page. . Typical harvest dates are Organic Blueberries: Mid June through August (15 different varieties); Raspberries: Late June through August. Blackcaps: Late June through August. Blackberries: July through August. (ADDED: August 14, 2016)
  • Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties
    500 Dahl Rd, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: (509) 678-4998. Email: info@cowichecreek.com. Open: Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm; Friday from 1pm to 8pm; and Saturday from 7am to 2pm. Directions: U-pick & Fridge at 500 Dahl Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Fridge only 2401 Cowiche Mill Road, Cowiche, WA 98923. Blueberry season is typically July to September;. We are certified organic for all . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover.
    Cowiche Creek Blueberry Farm Facebook page. . Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. crops! (ADDED: July 12, 2021)
  • Novak Blueberries - blueberries
    530 Murray Rd, Yakima, WA . Phone: . Open: Sunday and Monday from 6AM to 8PM; closed on Saturday; always see their Facebook page before you go. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: CASH or CHECK. Novak Typically from late June through early August. 2020 prices were: U-PICK Prices: $1.60/lb or $1.40/lb for over 20 lbs. WE-PICK Prices: $2.50/lb.
  • Sunlight Farms LLC - Certified Organic, blueberries, porta-potties,
    30 Loomis Road, Prosser, WA 99350. Phone: (509) 788-8344. Email: sunlightfarms1@gmail.com. Open: Typical season is late June starting June 27th 2020 through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Directions: From Airfield in Prosser Washington head west on Old Inland Empire Highway approximately 4.5 miles, Watch for County Line Road. Next road is Krough Road. Turn left onto Krough road, a dirt road. Krough road curves to the left, go straight onto the private road, Loomis Road. We are the first farm on the right. our address is 30 Loomis Road, Prosser, Washington. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    Sunlight Farms LLC Facebook page. . Typical season is late June (starting June 27th 2020) through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm. Typical season is late June through middle July; in season, open daily, from 7am to 7 pm;. We are certified organic for all crops! We have certified organic Reka blueberries. We have wide grass filled rows for easy access. Lots of free parking close to the field. Bring your own buckets/boxes or use ours. Wear your sunscreen. Our farm setting is beautiful and peaceful. We want this to be your go to blueberry farm. (UPDATED: June 26, 2020) (ADDED: June 27, 2018)
  • West Valley U-Pick - Uses natural growing practices, apples, blueberries, pears, tomatoes, tomatillos, apricots, marionberriies, peaches, pluots, grapes, apricots and prepicked produce, restrooms
    11901 Zier Road, Yakima, WA 98908. Phone: 509-945-5406. Email: yakimaberries@gmail.com. Open: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm. Directions: We are located in the beautiful West Valley area of Yakima, WA. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
    West Valley U-Pick Facebook page. . Blueberries and Raspberries July, August and the first two weeks of September Pears Bartlett and Anjou August through early September Apples Gala and Red and Golden Delicious September through October Pumpkins October Garden veggies all summer. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. We have an area to park your motorhome and large field for camping, a hose for water, and a primitive bathroom, for those who would like to spend the night. Please call for availability. Crops are usually available in July, August, September, October. Cherries: Rainier, Bing, Skeena, and Sour Pie Cherries available for u-pick in early July. Pre-picked cherries are available early-mid July. Important note: all of their u-pick cherries are often all been picked on opening day. Apples: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Blondee apples are available for u-pick mid-August to October. Note: You can press your own apple cider on their old-fashioned hand-cranked cider presses! The presses are free to use if you buy our apples. We have cider jugs to purchase, or you can bring your own jugs if you prefer.Blueberries - Duke and Chandler blueberries are available in mid-to-late July, Aurora blueberries are available late-July to September. The best picking times are mid-July and mid-August when the most berries are ripe . Peaches - Clingstone peach variety Early Elberta is available for u-pick in late July. Freestone peach varieties Golden Elberta and Red Haven peaches are available in late August. Peaches tend to go quickly,Pears - Bartlet and Danjou pears. Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September.Pluots - Available for u-pick mid-August to mid-September. Grapes - Assorted varieties of table grapes are available for u-pick straight off the trellises in late August and early September. Guests are also welcome to pick grape leaves at no charge!Marionberries - They have a small number of marionberry bushes for u-pick available in mid-to-late August. Apricots - They have a few small apricot trees for u-pick available in early July. Supplies are very limited, please call ahead of time to inquire for availability.Tomatoes - more than 20 varieties of vine-ripe tomatoes including Roma, Beefsteak, Solar flare, Market, Maria, and other heirloom tomatoes. Available for u-pick mid-August to October.Eggplant - Italian and Asian Eggplant are available for u-pick from early August to late September.Peppers - Assorted varieties of sweet and hot peppers are available for u-pick from late July to late September. Varieties include Jalapeno, Poblano, Habanero, Shishito, Bell, and a few melt-your-face-hot Carolina ReapersTomatillos - available for u-pick late July to October. SWe use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. You may e-mail us for my phone number, current crops, and picking times. We look forward to seeing you on our farm. We Have Raspberries, Blueberries, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricots, Plums, Pluots and . Formerly called All Natural U Pick and Scenic Acres Orchard (UPDATED: August 7, 2023, JBS)

 

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)