Best U-Pick Farms: Berry Picking in Portland

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Berry picking season in Portland has never felt so special! After a long run in lockdown, a day on the farm sounds like heaven. While COVID-19 has changed the way local U-Pick farms are operating, they are still welcoming berry enthusiasts young and old. From strawberry picking in Portland to U-pick blueberries, there are plenty of awesome options opening soon. Read on to find our favorites and don’t forget to check the websites for new safety restrictions and rules before you head out with basket in hand. Read on to find out more.

Bella Organic

This certified organic farm rests on 100 acres of stunning land and is the epitome of the Sauvie Island strawberry picking. Proud of their sustainable farming practices, this U-Pick option grows over 70 varieties of berries, fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, herbs and more. As if that wasn't cool enough, Bella Organic is 100% run on solar energy, making it an ultra-green stop for the eco-conscious.

Starting June 6, Bella Organic is opening its doors for strawberry picking! They do ask that visitors check their website for updated rules before visiting. During the months of June, you can expect to fill your baskets with strawberries, marionberries, blueberries and early variety blackberries. Make sure to check their website each day to see what is available.

U-pick open starting in June 6 Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
16205 NW Gillihan Rd.
503-621-9545
Online: bellaorganic.com

Topaz Farm

Topaz Farm is another awesome Sauvie Island strawberry picking spot for families who love the island life. Along with strawberries, you'll also find that this cool spot hosts the Sauvie Island Farmers Market and even has farm to plate dinners! They not only have acres of u-pick berry fields, but you'll also find cute farm animals to pet  and a large farm stand with farm grown and local produce and artisan food items. 

Open May 28 and through the summer from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd.
503-708-0008
Online: topazfarm.com

Columbia Farms U-Pick

Located on picturesque Sauvie Island, this special place is a bit younger than other farms. Opened in the 1990s, Columbia Farms has over 80 acres with more than 15 varieties of berries. The farm practices thoughtful growing practices like integrated pest management and crop rotation so you can feel good about letting your little berry picker take bites. Columbia Farms is opening for U-pick berries in June. This farm offers the following berries throughout the summer as they come in season: strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, marionberries, raspberries, black caps and even some veggies. They have a whole page on their website dedicated to new safety measures to help flatten the COVID curve. Make sure to visit here before you go to make sure you are prepared.

Open starting in June, Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
21024 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, Or.
503-621-3909
Online: columbiafarmsu-pick.com

Smith Berry Barn

This Hillsboro farm specializes in “no-spray” berries, and they grow over 20 varieties of them, including unique offerings like Tayberries and Loganberries. Please check their website regularly to see when they are open and what is ripe. They are implementing COVID-19 safety measures that include requiring masks on customers while inside their shop. With a growing season that starts early and ends late, you can go picking from early June (when strawberries will be ripe) through September and they also tend to an apple orchard! They’ll point you to the best ripe fields for your visit, and provide buckets for picking. B

U-pick open: Mon.-Sat.: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
24500 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Hillsboro, Or.
503-628-2172
Online: smithberrybarn.com

South Barlow Berries

This family-run farm south of Portland is a sweet escape from the bustle of Sauvie Island. The strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in the early season give way to boysenberries and marionberries later on. At this time Barlow plans on opening up for Memorial Day weekend. They will be following all safety standards outlined for COVID-19 so make sure to check their site before you go!

U-pick hours TBD
29190 S. Barlow Rd.
Canby, Or
503-266-3193
Online: southbarlowberries.com

The Original Pumpkin Patch

The Original Pumpkin Patch offers so much more than just pumpkins. It's a great spot to pick strawberries too and open for little sticky fingers after May 28. You'll also have an opportunity to visit the Big Red Animal Barn, which typically has goats, rabbits, and perhaps a turkey or peacock or two. 

U-Pick hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m
16511 NW Gillihan Rd.
Portland, Or.. Sauvie Island. 
Online: thepumpkinpatch.com

 

—Annette Benedetti

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