Cherry and Berry Seasons are Taking Off!

Cherry and Berry Seasons are Taking Off!

May 26, 2021

Cherries, blueberries and more! Sweet strawberries are ripe and ready for picking! Cherries, blueberries and more follow closely behind. Don’t wait to plan your visit! The season for u-pick cherries only lasts a few weeks, though we can enjoy blueberries, raspberries and blackberries throughout summer months.  Nothing’s better than a freshly picked cherry or berry – especially one you harvested it yourself! Plan your farm-fresh road trip and visit one of the many family-owned farms offering u-pick experiences for your family all around the Yakima Valley. Check out our farm-fresh road trip itineraries for more inspiration!

Washington Fruit Place at Barrett Orchards  

U-pick cherries last for just a few weeks starting mid June. This family owned farm and Fruitplace Market invites you for their cherry u-pick festival beginning June 18, every day until July 4. Hand-pick your own Rainier and Bing cherries on 15 acres. From June 15 to July 20 they’ll also serve up fresh strawberries and strawberry smoothies. Visit daily from 10 am to 3 pm. Rainier and Bing cherries will be available but both may not be available on any given day. It all depends on Mother Nature! There’s no entrance fee but expect a $5 parking fee on weekends and July 4th. Picked cherries, washed, sorted and packed will be available for sale as well. Be sure to check out the Big Red Barn for unique gift items, handcrafted goods, local products and Winegars ice cream! Bring the family for comes, cold brew, root beer floats and lemonade on hot summer days! Apricots begin July 1 through July 25.

West Valley U-pick

Cherry and berry picking kicks off the season of fun for the whole family! Head to Yakima’s beautiful West Valley for an incredible variety of u-pick produce. Enjoy a day in the field harvesting cherries and berries beginning in June followed by apples, peaches, pears, pluots, grapes, apricots, vegetables and more later in the season. Find their produce schedule on their website where you can also find a great map of their farm to guide your harvest adventures. Look for updates on fruit and on their Facebook page.

Bill’s Berry Farm Cherry & Berry Days  

A family owned and operated u-pick/we pick farm, they offer strawberries, several varieties of sweet cherries, organic blueberries and raspberries on Mother Nature’s schedule from May through July.  They host u-pick throughout the season, as well as several harvest festivals. Head down for Strawberry Jamboree Saturdays through June 12 and Memorial Day. Then plan your trip for Cherry & Berry Days Saturdays through July 10 and July 5 in celebration of the 4th of July. Admission is free, but expect a $5 parking fee on Saturday Festival Days. After you’re done with your harvest, enjoy barbecue, hot fresh strawberry, cherry or blueberry donuts, barnyard train rides and pony rides, live music, hayrides a tree fort and tractor play grounds. Visit the farm store and pick up a freshly made take-n-bake triple berry pie, local food products and farm souvenirs, kids toys, giftware or frozen berries. Check out their full festival schedule.

Blueberry Hills Berries

Three generations have farmed the land at Blueberry Hills. Dedicated to providing a quality organic product, Blueberry Hills is a place where families can hand-pick blueberries in the beautiful Yakima Valley and enjoy their signature frozen berry treat “Sorbatto.” They grow 15 different varieties of organic blueberries, available mid-June through August. They also grow raspberries and blackcaps, ripe for the picking late June through August, and blackberries July through August. You can also pre-order berries for pick-up or visit their store to purchase pre-packaged berries in clamshell containers. They’re open Sundays through Fridays, but closed on Saturdays.

Ahtanum Berry Patch

Visit this family-friendly berry farm and bake shop for a wide variety of u-pick thornless blackberries, red, gold and black raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries and rhubarb. The bake shop features handmade premium desserts baked with simple, whole ingredients and their delicious berries. Visit them June through October and enjoy picked berries, u-pick fun and a yummy bakery treat. They’re open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer with expanded hours as berries ripen.

Johnson Orchards

While they don’t offer u-pick currently, beginning mid June, you can enjoy tree-ripened cherries in season. Try Bing, Rainier, Van, Lapin, Skeena and Sweetheart varieties and purchase your cherries sorted, washed and packaged.  All you have to do is eat them! Don’t forget about their delectable bake shop. You’ll find a wide array of freshly baked, farm-fresh treats, including cherry pie of course, to purchase!

Thompson’s Farm 

This 45-acre family farm offers u-pick on weekends as Bing, Rainier, and two kinds of pie cherries ripen, usually between mid June and mid July.  The best way to know about u-pick availability is to get on their email list or check the website.

Check out our guides for farm-fresh road trips from now through October!

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