Circumstances will vary by season at each farm so be sure to call ahead or check their social media and websites for current hours, social distancing and other requirements.
Oregon is known for its vast farm lands and the state’s much-loved berries hold the attention of the winter-weary who are ready for day trips. The arrival of summer means open doors (and fields!) at some of the best u-pick farms near Portland with a steady stream of fruit lovers.
Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah residents enjoy plenty of choice for u-pick options in the north part of the state. They’re all great “picks” and they have one thing in common: juicy berries ripening on the vine while you’re reading this.
U-Pick Farms in Clackamas County
Morning Shade Farm (Canby):
Morning Shade Farm is located in a peaceful countryside setting seven miles outside Canby, OR.
They offer u-pick blueberries, currants, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries, elderberries, apples, pears, plums and Asian pears. Most of their fruit is picked by order and at the farm stand. There is minimal use of chemicals and use only natural non-synthetic sprays for insects. Fruit is available at considerably less per pound than organic certified fruit.
Albeke Farms (Oregon City)
Family-owned Albeke Farms is located outside of Oregon City. Beginning in June, they offer tasty blueberries, which customers can choose to pick themselves or order as pre-picked.
Also grown are strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, and marionberries. While you’re there check out the farmstand for seasonal produce like apples, tomatoes, beans, pumpkins, and grapes to cart home.
Open June to October.
Nodaway Blueberry Farm (Wilsonville)
Nodaway Blueberry Farm sets itself apart from other farms by growing four varieties of blueberries, starting with the early season Earli-Blu and ending with the mid-to late-season Legacy. Situated next to a llama farm, customers can enjoy the view while filling their buckets. Paul and Judith Newman have owned the farm since 2004 and have since maintained nearly three acres of blueberry bushes.
The drive alone is worth the trip and the staff is attentive and friendly.
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Blooming Junction Farm & Garden (Cornelius)
This 150-year-old Cornelius-based farmstead pays homage to an era when times were slower and people relied on homegrown produce to supply the family. Not only does the beautiful property offer U-pick fruit, but their expansive garden centers are a destination for home gardeners looking for plants, shrubbery, and gardening tools.
Blooming Junction offers over 200 different varieties of vegetables and U-pick berries. They take pride in providing natural and pesticide-free produce on their journey to a more natural and healthy lifestyle.
Dave Heikes Farms (Hillsboro, OR)
Dave Heikes Farm prides itself on welcoming its customers like old friends and offering a one-of-a-kind experience. The third-generation farm offers a market filled with already picked berries and milkshakes made from the very berries they grow.
The strawberry-picking season is in full swing, and the blueberry-picking season will be just around the corner. Their options don’t stop there; they also farm red raspberries and boysenberries too. Customers are welcome to bring their own containers for picking, but there are also some on-site just in case.
Summer hours: Check Facebook page for u-pick updates, days and hours.
Hoffman Farms Store (Beaverton)
Hoffman Farms Store makes picking easy by offering varying containers at fair prices to assure safe and effective food safety measures. The experience is a fun afternoon for couples or the whole family.
Owners Jay and Kelly Hoffman have been farming their land for over 35 years. What started as a potato farm has (literally) blossomed into a farm with plentiful varieties of strawberries, tayberries, raspberries, blackberries, and of course, blueberries.
When fall arrives, the pumpkin patch and a corn maze to get lost in will keep the little ones happy.
Red Berry Barn (Sherwood)
A visit to Red Berry Barn is an entertaining day-trip experience replete with a garden center, bakery, country store, and fields of u-pick berries. In the summer, customers will be picking strawberries, blueberries and a variety of others. The fall pumpkin patch will be must-do weekend fun. Owners Aaron and Erika Wilcott were each part of a farming family, giving their coupled farming journey a leg up.
Check Facebook page for updates on fruit ripening dates. Customers can pick fruit as they wander around the farm. If you’re short on time, call ahead to order a filled flat.
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Columbia Farms (Portland)
Located on Sauvie Island, Columbia Farms was founded in the 1990s. From its number one acre beginnings, the farm has expanded to 80 acres of fifteen types of berries, peonies, pumpkins, and various decor. In the summer months, strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, and blueberries are the main attractions. Visit this picturesque farm and pick their own in-season berries and enjoy the scenery.
U-pick blueberry are just as juicy and tasty as they look. Columbia Farms maintains a sustainable farming environment and adheres to current safety guidelines.
Hillside Blueberries (Portland)
Hillside Blueberries is a proud small family-owned farm that opened to the public in 2009. What started out as a few blueberry plants on this u-pick farm, that the resident elk also enjoyed, is now a thriving business. The farm grows several blueberry varieties without chemicals and pesticides.
Hillside’s owner, Patti Jones, is soon to be announcing 2022 as their final season. Their blueberry season runs through the summer.
Tara Farms (Corbett)
Alongside her good friend Chuck Willis, owner Tiffany Patrella purchased the 18-acre farm in 2019, already populated with heritage 60-year-old blueberry plants.
Even though they’re the new kid on the block, Tara Farms has been a thriving berry business for the past few seasons. Organic growing practices are at the center of their mission so fruit that is picked by visitors contributes to healthy food consumption.
In addition to u-pick, 2022 is the inaugural year for their new berry and vegetable CSA. Check their Facebook page for updates on picking days and times.
Top photo by Andrew Welch.