Choose Your U-pick Farm-Fresh Adventure

Choose Your U-pick Farm-Fresh Adventure

June 22, 2022

Top spots for u-pick cherries, berries and more.

Cherries, blueberries and more. Sweet strawberries are ripe and ready for picking but they won’t be around for much longer. 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, blackberries and more 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.

Remember, Mother Nature determines when fruits are ready to be picked, so always check your favorite farms’ websites and social channels for updates about availability.

Washington Fruit Place at Barrett Orchards  

U-pick cherries last for just a few weeks and takes kicks off Friday, June 24 at Washington Fruit Place. Visit from 10 am to 3 pm June 24 to 26 and July 1 through 4. 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. 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! It’s your stop for delicious gift-giving and for seasonal fruit throughout summer and fall.

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 Strawberry Jamboree and Cherry & Berry Days  

A family owned and operated u-pick/we pick farm, they offer strawberries and 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. Strawberry Jamboree has come to an end, but they still have lots of strawberries for u-pick. Then plan your trip for Cherry & Berry Days Saturdays June 25 and July 2 and 9 from 9 am to 5 pm, as well as the 4th of July from 9 am to 3 pm. 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.

Blueberry Hill 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.

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. Make a stop at their farm market in Naches for all kinds of artisan food products, gifts, fresh fruit and more.

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!

McIlrath Farm Market

While they don’t host u-pick, McIlrath Farm Market is a must-stop farm stand right on Highway 12. The family began farming in the Yakima Valley in 1976. With more than 300 acres in production, McIlrath Farms now grows more than 10 varieties of apples, pears certified organic cherries, peaches, pluots and strawberries. You’ll also find locally grown in-season vegetables, colorful hanging baskets locally made artisan goods! They expect to have cherries in early July with bountiful harvests to come throughout summer and fall.

Selah Ridge Lavender Farm

This is a small family farm located in Selah, growing and distilling lavender to craft a premium skincare line and home items since 2000.  While visiting the farm you can stroll through their beautiful and fragrant rows of lavender, pick fresh bouquets, shop our wonderful product line. Take a peaceful journey in our Lavender Labyrinth or just relax all while being surrounded by scenic country views and the intoxicating aroma of lavender. Visit May thru October and join them at the annual Lavender Harvest Days Festival always the second weekend of July. Open by appointment.

Be sure to leave time for a stop at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market in the heart of downtown Yakima in front of the historic Capitol Theatre on Sunday mornings. They’re dedicated to providing only fruits, vegetables and artisan goods directly from local and regional producers. Visit for a taste of the Valley, with local, seasonal produce, handcrafted goods and artisan products.

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

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