Local blueberry season in Pierce County is here
Earlier this month, I told you about the tail end of strawberry season and that raspberries are now available at numerous Pierce County farms and farm stands.
And now blueberries are upon us.
Below, I’ve got three spots for U-pick blueberries, plus a list of farm stands with picked berries.
For U-pickers: Dress in your farm finest and wear sturdy shoes. Prices vary per farm. The blueberry season can be unpredictable, so call before you go or check the farm’s social media. And do remember that farms might close down for a day or two to allow berries to ripen.
For specific hours and prices, check with the farm.
FOUR ELEMENTS FARM
Four Elements Farm in Puyallup announced it opened for U-Pick blueberries last weekend. “Our Organic Blueberry U-Pick opens Thursday July 15th at 10:00. We will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00. Closed-toed shoes strongly encouraged,” the farm posted. They expect blueberries to last for three weeks.
The farm that is just off SR162 as travelers are heading into Orting has six acres of organic blueberry bushes. Before visiting the farm, check their social media, or go to their website and check this page: http://www.fourelementsfarm.com/visiting.html
Four Elements: 14308 Military Road E., Puyallup; 360-829-7000; http://www.fourelementsfarm.com/
LINBO BLUEBERRY FARM
“We are open for U-Pick Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 9AM to 5PM. New sections of the field will be open each day. Lots of berries to pick!” read the announcement on the Linbo Farm Facebook page this weekend.
The U-Pick farm is tucked into the hills just above the Puyallup valley and has been around my entire food writing career in Pierce County. The field was originally planted in 1940 and the Linbo family has operated it since the late 1990s.
The farm expects to be open with U-pick available the weekend of July 24-25, but definitely call first to verify. You can also check this page for updates: http://linboblueberries.com/FAQ.html
Linbo Blueberry Farm: 1201 S. Fruitland, Puyallup; 253-229-6438 http://linboblueberries.com/
CHARLOTTE’S BLUEBERRY PARK
This is a FREE U-pick blueberry farm operated on public land by Metro Parks Tacoma. This longtime blueberry park is first-come, first-served with open picking of blueberry bushes. There is no fee to pick, there is no fee for entrance, the park opens and closes a half hour before sunrise and sunset. Bring your own container. The season is open now and expect it to last through August, but the only way to know is to show up at the park and look for blueberries.
Charlotte’s Blueberry Park: 7402 E. D St., Tacoma; https://www.metroparkstacoma.org/place/charlottes-blueberry-park/
PRE-PICKED BLUEBERRIES AND OTHER BERRIES AT THESE FARMS
Sterino Farms: 6006 52nd St. E., Puyallup; 253-770-0409; http://sterinofarms.com/ … The farm has blueberries, but also Sterino raspberries, tayberries and more.
Wild Hare Organic Farm: 4520 River Rd E., Tacoma; 253-778-6257; https://www.wildhareorganicfarm.com/ (Please note: the farm posted this week on its social media that due to the excessive heat, they have a lower yield and they’re only giving blueberries to CSA members at the moment, but check for updates as the season unfolds)
Sidhu Farm: 15018 96th St E, Puyallup; 253-651-3755; https://www.sidhufarm.org/
This farm stand has a plethora of berries from its farm lands in Pierce County.
Spooner Berries Farm: 9710 State Route 162 East, Puyallup; 253-840-2059; https://www.spoonerberries.com/ (more location info at website) Spooner Farms has boysenberries, blackberries and is finishing up its raspberry season. They do have U-pick, as well.
Picha Farms in Puyallup is finishing up its raspberry season and also has blackberries available, which they just posted about here. Call first to check on their supplies!
Picha Farms: 6502 52nd St. E., Puyallup; 253-841-4443; https://www.pichafarms.com/berries.php (also a location in Tacoma, find on website)
Scholz Farm: 14310 128th St. E., Puyallup; 253-848-7604; https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Farm/Scholz-Farm-and-Garden-126452464076234/
Check out this farm for raspberries, local berries and a lot of other produce from around the region.