Blueberries

U-Pick Blueberries Re-opening July 7

 Since Yakima County is still in phase 1 and likely won't move beyond phase 2 of re-opening during the harvest, the governor has placed strict rules on agriculture/farming to protect employees. We also want to protect our customers, so we have implemented the following policies:

By entering the blueberry picking area to u-pick, you agree that you have read, understand and agree to follow the following policies
  • Keep at least 6 feet between you (or your group) and others at all times
  • Face masks required - bring your own. 
    • Cover your nose and mouth with mask any time 6 feet distancing is not possible 
  • Hand-washing required
    • Wash hands with soap and water before entering blueberry picking area
    • Two hand-washing stations are available in the orchard row leading to the blueberries
  • Individuals must stay in the row where assigned. Groups/families must stay together in the row where assigned
    • No running up and down the rows
    • No skipping berries or bushes
    • Pick all ripe berries on each bush before moving to the next bush (please do leave the unripe berries to ripen)
  • Take the orange cone with you as you pick
    • Place the cone exactly where you finish picking
    • Do not touch any berries or plants beyond the cone
  • No food or drink (except water) allowed in the picking area
    • Please bring water if needed
      • Water will not be available at the picking area
  • Cash and checks accepted for payment
    • Using checks will minimize handling of cash for both you and our employees
    • No debit or credit cards
  • Bring your own containers for taking berries home with you
  • No pets

       

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We have buckets for use on the farm, but please bring containers to take your berries home in - both for u-pick and we-pick.
2020 Prices:
    • $2.00/lb u-pick   
    • $3.25/lb we-pick 
  • We accept cash and checks, but no debit or credit cards
U-Pick Hours:
  • We are open on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 7-10 am and from 6-9 pm
We-Pick Hours:
  • We have a picking crew available to pick berries for you on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (occasionally Sundays)
  • These pre-ordered "we-pick" berries are available for pick-up between 8-10 am and 6-9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays - occasionally on Sundays.
  • We pick to order - and don't store the berries- so you must order in advance by calling Linda @ 509-969-6763. (No calls on Saturday please)

USDA Food safety rules:

  • No food or drink (except water) allowed into the blueberry picking area
  • No pets

The blueberry season usually starts about the last week of June and runs for about 5 weeks.  We grow Duke and Toro varieties. The Toro starts ripening about 7-10 days later than Duke.  Our blueberries are available either field packed or U-pick.  Our three acre patch is netted to reduce bird damage.

Field packed berries are available by the pound (starting at 5 pounds).  If you would like to buy berries already picked, please call ahead to order as we only pick for orders.








Duke
Duke is the leading early ripening blueberry variety in the Pacific Northwest.  This is a large firm berry that stays fresh longer than most other varieties.  Its mild flavor improves with cold storage.





Toro

Toro blueberries, one of the largest in the blueberry family, grow in tight clusters much like grapes on the vine making them easy to pick.