If you've spent even two minutes on Instagram this month you’ve definitely seen colorful, juicy pics of locals collecting beautiful berries from various U-Pick farms near the city. Want to join the berry train? We highly recommend it, and to help you out, here’s our guide to great places to pick for every kind of berry need.
For the Time-Pressed
Only have a couple hours to pick? Fear not, because just 20 minutes from downtown you’ll find Bonny Slope Blueberries. True, they don’t offer a whole lot of berry variety, but what they do have are undisputably yummy. The blueberries are unsprayed and run at $3 per pound. The latest up-and-coming batch will be what Farmer John calls “Elizabeth Blueberries” and will be prime for picking until around August 10. Only cash and checks are accepted, no pets are permitted, and make sure to bring your own containers to fill. 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For the Thrifty Picker
Just 24 minutes outside of downtown, Powder Blueberry Farm, one of the oldest blueberry farms in the region, has some bargain berries for $2 a pound. As an older farm, their berry bushes have had around 60 years to perfect their product. There are nine different blueberry varieties to try, and buckets are provided at no charge (note, however, that when you leave you’ll need to take your berries in a produce bag if you didn’t bring your own container). Wed-Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on 07/24/21 for a family event)
For the No-Crowds Crowd
Take a 30 minute drive out to Corbett to find a wide-open, welcoming field of blueberry bushes just waiting to be picked. The price is $3 a pound, and containers are available, but bringing your own is also a great option. Crowds are not a characteristic of this farm, but bounties of berries are. The farms also welcomes families with a saying that “kids eat free” for the important smaller taste-testers in your family (who might put more into their tummies than into your picking basket). 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For Little Pickers
A family-friendly, Oregon Tilth-certified organic kind of place, Bella Organic has become a popular destination for berry hunters. Right now in the summer season, the most abundant berries are blueberries, marionberries, and blackberries. Prices are $4 a pound for these current selections, and you can bring your own containers or pay for boxes at the farm. But don’t think you’ll just be berry picking on your visit to Bella; from Tuesday to Sunday, Bella’s Courtyard is open for a selection of burgers, gyros, organic pies, and more. There is even an option for wine tasting, while kids can say hello to the pigs, goats, and sheep on the farm. Tue–Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Out to the west are scenic berry-picking fields that offer a variety of pickings: marionberries, yellow and red raspberries, and the currently-peaking blueberries. All varieties are $3 a pound, and the farm provides the containers. No pets are allowed. Mon-Sat, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.