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Seven great blackberry and raspberry picking farms around Seattle

Get your berries before the bushes are bare

A person picks a ripe raspberry from a vine full of berries on a farm during sunset. Getty

Warm, sunny weather has finally arrived in Seattle, and so have the blackberries and raspberries. While the raspberries are found primarily in yards and pea patches, blackberries have become truly ubiquitous throughout the city.

The 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail, for example, which runs from Ballard all the way to Bothell (except of course for the “missing link” in Ballard), has a wide array of the fruit’s thorny bushes. In fact, it’s not unusual to spot groups of locals with buckets, picking the berries.

But if you want a more concentrated selection of blackberries and raspberries, you have to go to a commercial farm. Whether you’re looking for the filling to your pie, the starring ingredient for your jam, or just a few mouthfuls of delicious fresh fruit, here are seven great spots around Seattle that you’ll want to check out for some prime u-pick opportunities.

1. Bill’s Berry Farm
3674 N. County Line Road
Grandview, WA

This small family farm in eastern Washington offers both raspberries and blackberries, along with a few other fruits. And if you visit on a Saturday, you’ll get the chance to enjoy the farm’s piping hot donuts.

2. Biringer Farm
21412 59th Ave NE
Arlington, WA 98223

These berries are so popular, they’re almost gone. There’s likely a few more weeks worth of blackberries, but the raspberries could be gone in a matter of days. The farm’s website is updated regularly with information on what’s available, so you don’t make the trip for nothing.

3. Bolles Organic Berry Farm
17930 Tualco Loop Road
Monroe, WA 98272

A certified-organic berry farm, Bolles has been around for more than two decades. It offers visitors opportunities to pick raspberries, along with strawberries and blueberries. Don’t worry about bringing along a picking container, the farm provides them for free.

4. Bryant Blueberry Farm and Nursery
5628 Grandview Rd
Arlington, WA 98223

Don’t let the name fool you. This kid-friendly farm, with a playground and goats ready for the petting, also has a wide array of blackberries. It also uses sustainable agricultural methods for planting and harvesting. But if you are interested in blueberries as well, make sure to check out the farm’s Blueberry Festival on Saturday July 27th.

5. Harvold Berry Farm
5207 Carnation Duvall Rd NE
Carnation, WA 98014

This small farm in Carnation is a great spot to pick raspberries from July until mid-August. Their schedule varies week to week, depending on their selection of ripe berries, so it’s good to keep a close eye on their Facebook page. And when they are open, try to arrive early in the day, because the berries are often picked through bright and early.

6. Remlinger Farms
32610 NE 32nd St
Carnation, WA 98014

Started as a small family farm, the space has grown to a 350-acre farm with amusement park rides, corn mazes, and a restaurant. Oh yeah, and it also is a great place to pick some delicious red raspberries.

7. Schuh Farms
15565 State Rte. 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

This 500-acre farm is known for its large selection of raspberries and strawberries. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try their tayberries, which are a mix of a raspberry and blackberry.