Hello, berry season. Is there anything more tiny and wonderful than a fresh blueberry (especially one that’s not-so-tiny)? As we, at least here in Seattle, are becoming more conscious of where our food comes from and what it’s sprayed (or hopefully not sprayed with), more and more farms are offering u-pick options. And that’s a great thing because, honestly, there’s not much better than eating a handful of berries that you plucked from the bush.
If you’re looking for a place close to Seattle, Remlinger Farms is a good bet. It’s a 40- minute drive from the city, near Carnation. The actual farm is a destination of sorts with a down home amusement park, restaurant, store, and more. Great for a family outing. But if you’re just looking for berries, the u-pick area is about 5 minutes away. I can save you the time and tell you that if you follow these directions from Seattle, which lead you to the farm, you’ll want to head towards the west side of the town of Carnation. You turn left south on 60th. There are signs.
Picking can happen between 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 7 days a week. We got there a bit late and had to get cash (it’s cash only, don’t make our mistake), so we only got in 45 minutes of fast berry grabbing. Kiki was faster, but we were both got around 2 lbs. At $2 a pound, it’s a pretty good deal. There are employees there to ring you up–and sell you a soda, if you want. It feels a little bit more formal than the honor system u-pick farms that exist at smaller farms, but the berries are good and that’s what matters.
They’ll give you a box, but I prefer to bring a bag because it’s easier to carry. Baskets work well, too. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen if it happens to actually be sunny.
After, we stopped on the side of the road and picked some free blackberries (and got some scratches. Worth it.).
Last year we went to another farm, just a bit farther from Seattle: Cascadian Farms up on Highway 20. At the time, they had free samples of their granola. You can only hope they still do…
The nice thing is there are lots of options, depending on what direction you’re traveling in. The website pickyourown.org has lists of farms in every state. It’s a good idea to call first to make sure they’re open and have what you’re looking for. Bolles Organic Farm in Monroe, for example, doesn’t have blueberries ripe yet, but they had raspberries.
Now, maybe a mini cheesecake?