There are many things it is not okay to pick in public, like your nose or a wedgie… but you can certainly pick tasty fruit. With the summer heat upon us, the berry and fruit season has arrived. There are many local places around Corvallis offering u-pick produce. Check them out and bring home your own delicious, fresh treats picked right from the plant.
Spray-free blueberries will be available to pick starting in July. Open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Blueberry Meadows offers picking harnesses and stools to make picking your own berries easier. There are over 10 varieties of blueberries. Bring your own container or use one of theirs.
3860 NE Highway 20, Corvallis;
Davis Family Farm
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Davis Family Farm offers u-pick strawberries for $1.11 per pound and pints of already picked strawberries for $3. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, loganberries, and Marionberries are also available, along with a plethora of veggies and a wide selection of hanging potted flowers. Come for hot doughnuts every Saturday and Sunday!
4380 NE Highway 20, Corvallis;
Anderson’s Blues has over 20 varieties of blueberries available to pick from June through September. U-pick berries cost $2 per pound. Bring them home in a container of your own, or use one available there. Feel free to bring pets along to this dog-friendly farm full of yummy berries that will leave you feeling anything but blue. Open from
8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
8793 NW Arboretum Road, Corvallis; 541-745-5487
Red Barn Farm
Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red Barn follows many organic practices and offers u-pick blackberries, boysenberries, and Marionberries. Grab a couple jars of jam and an ice cream cone when you are done picking – just make sure to bring cash or checks.
6718 Camp Adair Road, Albany;
Borgo Pass Vineyard
Call early in September to make an appointment to pick wine grapes at Borgo Pass Vineyard. Cabernet and Pinot Noir are available to pick for $1.45 a pound. You will need to bring clippers and a lidded storage container for the destemmed grapes you take home. Also keep an eye out for their Asian pears. Feel free to bring a lunch and take a break from picking to picnic in the vineyard.
23964 Hawley Creek Road, Monroe; 541-424-3477
Certified organic strawberries are ripe for the plucking at Fairfield Farm for $2.75 per pound. Seascape and Albion strawberries are available to pick from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends, and at other times by appointment. Frozen strawberries are also available.
29204 Lakeside Drive, Corvallis; 541-766-8083
Although most places offer containers, it is a good idea to consider bringing your own to any u-pick destination. It is also wise to call ahead of time to check on fruit availability, as operating hours and dates may fluctuate with Mother Nature. Also, make sure to have some cash or checks on hand. Happy picking!
For more information on where to find u-pick places in Oregon, check out http://www.pickyourown.org./
By Emily Dummer