Where to pick your own strawberries around the Sound

It's a well-known fact: Fruit that you pick yourself tastes better than fruit that you buy in the grocery store.

June 5, 2019
Picking strawberries

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Let's face it -- summer is short in the Northwest, and we have to cram a lot more summertime fun into a lot less time than many other parts of the country. That's why we start kayaking or paddle boarding on the first sunny weekend that gets to, like, 60 degrees. It's why we boldly wear shorts and flip-flops when normal people would still be in Gore-tex and Uggs. Well, there's one activity we can't rush, but when it's go-time, we've got to go -- picking our own strawberries. 

I guarantee you'll enjoy the berries you and your family plucked with your own hands more than the store-bought ones, and if you plan right, you'll have had a glorious hour or two of peace and quiet in the sunshine.

Luckily for us, with the natural bounty that surrounds us around here, during the month of June you can go in pretty much any direction from Seattle and find acres of berries that are ripe for the picking -- literally. My go-to for planning this kind of outing is the always-reliable Red Tricycle Seattle. They just posted Berry Sweet: 7 Places for U-Pick Strawberries, a rundown on seven perfect spots to take the family and fill a couple of buckets with sweet, beautiful strawberries.

First things first: The article lists a few tips to keep in mind, like . . . BYO buckets (to save some money,) pack some sunscreen, grab your gardening pad or stool to save your knees, check with the website for your chosen spot to confirm that they're open, and make sure you've actually got room in your car for the haul you'll be bringing home.

Where to go to pick those berries?

In the South Sound, if you ask around, you'll no doubt get steered to Picha's in Puyallup or Tacoma. They're known for their longevity (since 1904) and although their u-pick operation is strawberries-only, they're growing a bigger assortment of strawberry strains than many spots, so if you're enough of a horticulturist to know your berry varieties by name, Picha's are your people.

I've always liked Biringer Farms, a great choice if you're in Snohomish County and the North Sound. They've also got raspberries and blackberries, if you really want to go berry-crazy.

Eastsiders can head over to Remlinger Farms where a train, a roller-coaster, and a Ferris wheel add to the family fun, and they provide free containers for the berries you pick.

Those are just a few spots to get started. Read the whole story here, and hey -- save me some shortcake!