It’s Berry and Cherry Season! Enjoy Them Before They’re Gone!

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It’s Berry and Cherry Season! Enjoy Them Before They’re Gone!

June 18, 2019

Cherries, blueberries and more! Yes, they’re ripe and being picked NOW! Don’t wait! The season for u-pick cherries only lasts a few weeks. Blueberries are ready too, though we have a little longer to enjoy them.  Nothing’s better than a freshly picked cherry or berry – especially one you harvested it yourself! Visit one of the many family owned farms offering u-pick experiences for your family all around Yakima.

Washington Fruit Place at Barrett Orchards  

U-pick cherries last for just two weeks starting June 24. Visit daily from 10 am to 3 pm. Rainiers and Bings 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!

West Valley U-pick

Get your u-pick cherries available this 4th of July and raspberries June 30 through July. Blueberry picking runs from mid-July through October. Berry picking is fun for the whole family! Check out the weekly updates on fruit and produce available along with prices on their Facebook page.

Bill’s Berry Farm Cherry & Berry Days  

A family owned and operated u-pick/we pick farm, they offer several varieties of sweet cherries and organic blueberries in June and July.  Celebrating four varieties of sweet cherries and one tart cherry, along with certified organic blueberries and raspberries on Saturdays, June 22 and 20 and on July 13 and 6, from 9 am to 5 pm, and Wednesday, July 4th, 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 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, farm souvenirs, kids toys, giftware or frozen berries. Bills Berry Farm 10th Anniversary Bash will be Thursday, July 4th, 9 am to 3 pm and Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, from 9 am to 5 pm.

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. Hours are Sunday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm. They’re 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

Unfortunately cherries will NOT be available for U-pick this season. From mid- June thru late July, you can sample 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 June 15 and mid-July.  The best way to know about u-pick availability is to get on their email list or check the website.

Orchard Inn Bed & Breakfast

This picturesque bed and breakfast is set amongst a cherry orchard and opens the grounds for u-pick each season with free parking, generally beginning near the end of June and first couple of weeks of July.  They offer sweet, dark cherries varieties such as Bing, Lambert, Lapin, Van, Rainier and Montmorency. The best time to pick is from 3 pm into the cool of early evening or 9 am to get an early start. Prices are competitive with the other u-pick places but will be set as harvest commences. The Orchard Inn Bed & Breakfast is behind the Barrett Orchards big Red Barn. Take the first road just past the barn and drive back to the B&B. Click and call Orchard Inn for start date, times and price.

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