We’ve got another month and a half of summer left, and there are plenty of tasty berries still waiting to be eaten. There are many advantages to taking the U-pick route rather than buying berries at the store: cheaper fruit, a bigger harvest, sunshine, exercise, and the benefit of choosing each berry oh-so-carefully for all of us OCD fruit enthusiasts. Whether you’re going to store them in the freezer for countless smoothies or whip up a giant batch of jam, berries are healthy, delicious, and easy to get at each of Corvallis’ family-owned U-pick farms.
1. Blueberry Meadows
Located at 3860 NE Highway 20, Blueberry Meadows offers U-pick blueberries for $1.50 a pound and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 541-753-2614 for more information before you head over, or visit www.oregonblueberry.com/upick.html.
2. Radke’s Blueberries
Find them at 490 SE 3 Mile Avenue. Radke’s also sells U-pick blueberries for $1.50 a pound and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, seven days a week. For more info, call 541-753-5680 or visit www.oregonblueberry.com/upick.html.
3. Anderson Blues
Go to 8793 NW Arboretum Road for these tasty blueberries that run at $1.75 per pound. Anderson Blues is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 541-754-5487 or visit www.andersonblues.com for more information.
4. Sunset Valley Organics & Wilt Farms, Inc.
Sunset Valley & Wilt Farms are located at 31567 Highway 99 W, and their U-pick blueberries cost $2.75 a pound. The farms are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call them at 541-752-0460 or visit www.sunsetvalleyorganics.com for additional info.
5. Fairfield Farm
The biggest strawberry farm still open for the rest of the summer can be found at 29204 Lakeside Drive. Strawberries are $2.75 a pound and can be picked by appointment; call Alice Fairfield at 541-760-8163 to schedule a time. Fairfield’s website is at www.fairfieldfarmcorvallisoregon.com.
When going U-picking, always remember to bring along a large container, preferably a bucket with a handle, to hold your fruit. Most farms provide cardboard boxes or other containers to take the berries home. Wear plenty of sunscreen, have fun picking, and enjoy your berries!
By Kiki Genoa