It’s easy to purchase your fruits and vegetables at the grocery store. However, why not make an afternoon of it and pick your own instead?
You can get the whole family involved and go pick your produce during peak seasons throughout the year. Here are the top 15 best places to go fruit picking in or near Portland, Oregon…
1. Douglas Farm – a 5th generation family farm that cultivates fruits and vegetables
Douglas Farm is a 5th-generation family farm located on Sauvie Island and offers U-Pick produce during its in-season operations.
You can pick your apples usually in late September to mid to late October. Check their website for when U-Pick for squash, bell peppers, peaches, and berries are available as well.
Following Douglas Farm’s Facebook page is the best way to stay updated on what fruit and vegetables are in season and ready for U-Pick so that you do not miss their peak freshness.
Address: 15330 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR 97231
2. Bella Organic Farm – a popular place that offers a corn maze and plenty of children’s activities
Bella Organic Farm’s claim to fame is that they offer not only organic produce for U-Pick but also fresh wines made on-site.
When it’s fall, pick pumpkins and have you and the little ones go through the seasonal corn maze or take a hayride through the farm.
Strawberries are available for picking in June while blueberries, marionberries, and blackberries are available starting in July. Blackberries and marionberries can be picked through August.
Pears and heirloom tomatoes can start being picked in August. You can continue to pick heirloom tomatoes through September.
For a complete list of their projected seasons for peak crops, visit the U-Pick section of their website.
Address: 16205 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231
3. Sue’s Blueberries – a paradise blueberry farm where you will find delicious and fresh berries
Sue’s Blueberries is located in the Pleasant Valley District and is one of the many Oregon Blueberry Farms throughout Oregon.
While they do not have a website or Facebook page, you can look for their contact information on Google or the Oregon Blueberry Farms website.
Call their phone number for a blueberry picking appointment when they are operating in season again or email them with questions about the blueberry U-Pick season.
Address: 14952 SE Barbara Welch Ln, Portland, OR 97236
4. Blooming Junction Garden Center and Farm Market – a beautiful garden center that grows pesticide-free food
Blooming Junction is a member of the Community Supported Agriculture, which means that if you receive SNAP benefits that you can purchase your fruits, vegetables, and herbs with your food stamp card.
Sign up for various workshops to make custom plant markers, learn the basics of gardening, make wreaths, learn how to garden cut flowers, and how you can care for different plants in plant towers.
If you need some inspiration for a new lunch or dinner dish, go to their blog for fresh recipes that feature their delicious produce.
Address: 35105 NW Zion Church Rd, Cornelius, OR 97113
Distance from Portland — 26 minutes
5. Smith Berry Barn – one of the best places to go fruit picking in Oregon
What makes Smith Berry Barn one of the best places to go fruit picking in or near Portland is that not only do they allow you to pick your berries, but there is even an espresso and milkshake bar for you to grab a delicious drink after all of that hard work.
The business motto is: “Growing good taste from the ground up”.
Sign up for their newsletter email list to receive updates on U-Pick seasons for apples, tomatoes, pepper, berries, grapes, peaches, cherries, and plums.
Address: 24500 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Distance from Portland — 34 minutes
6. Rowell Bros. Inc. – the perfect place for berry lovers where you can pick and choose your own
Right nearby the Smith Berry Barn, Rowell Bros. Inc is a competing pick-your-own produce farm that has operated for 170 years allowing patrons to pick their blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and marionberries.
If you need inspiration on what dishes to make with your berries, browse their recipes on their website based on the type of berry that you have picked.
To get the most updated news about when pick-your-own produce seasons occur, be sure to follow the Rowell Bros. Inc. Facebook page.
Address: 24000 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Distance from Portland — 31 minutes
7. Urban Abundance – a favorite spot that provides fresh and local products
The Slow Food Southwest Washington organization is the parent of the Urban Abundance initiative in Washington.
Urban Abundance helps to create community gardens throughout the Clark County area that can be accessible to those that need the nourishment most.
Volunteers have cultivated, grown, and kept the community orchards since 2010 to allow anyone who needs fruits or vegetables to grab what they need.
Address: P.O. Box 1431 Vancouver, WA 98668
Distance from Portland — 24 minutes
8. Baurs Corner Farm – a seasonal farm that has a u-pick option available to all
Barus Corner Farm has been in business for the past 4 generations of its family. U-Pick is available for apples, pears, tomatoes, and other produce. They also grow prunes, dahlias, hazelnuts, garlic, and so much more.
The hazelnuts start growing in January and are ready usually by mid-February to March for harvesting and selling at their market.
For more information on the most updated U-Pick seasons on various produce, check the Barus Corner Farm Facebook page.
Address: 4316 NW 169th St, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Distance from Portland — 35 minutes
9. The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch – an ideal place for kids where they can choose a great variety of pumpkins
The Maize is located at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island.
They open every September and operate through early November at the latest.
Seasonal Maize tickets allow you and your family to explore the corn maze. When going through the corn maze, they say that you should allow at least 45 to 60 minutes to be able to fully solve it.
Address: 16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231
10. Sherwood Orchards – a charming orchard where you can choose a great range of fruit picking selection
Sherwood Orchards measures 26 acres and allows you to do pick-your-own fruits.
Formerly known as Oliphant Orchards until 2005 when the name was changed to Sherwood Orchards, the orchard has been in operation for the past 150 years
There are over 1,300 fruit trees, which means there is always an abundance of apples, cherries, pears, quince, persimmon, berries, peaches, to pick when they are in season.
Address: 23995 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood, OR 97140
Distance from Portland — 33 minutes
11. Grandma Dee’s Sauvie Island Blueberry Farm – a pick your own blueberry farm that has been trending for over 80 years
Grandma Dee’s is located on Sauvie Island and offers pick-your-own organic blueberries.
People writing on the farm’s homepage rave about the great per pound price and how fun an activity that blueberry picking is for their entire family.
Grandma Dee has been operating the farm for many years and her secret to her youth even being age 80 is eating all-natural blueberries that have not been treated with harmful pesticides or fertilizers.
Address: 23000 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231
12. The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island – an original pumpkin patch that offers amazing amenities
Located in the same area as the Maize activity, the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island allows you to pick-your-own pumpkins and do other fun fall-related activities.
When they are not offering pick-your-own pumpkins (they are known as “Portland’s Original Pumpkin Patch”), they offer pick-your-own strawberries in June.
You can go on free pumpkin picking and free hayride adventures during the fall season when they are open.
When you’re finished picking your produce, you can go to the Patio Cafe for a delicious seasonal meal, shop the market with other produce items and goodies available for sale, or go see the animals in the barn.
Address: 16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231
13. Nodaway Blueberry Farm – a lovely farmland that offers four types of blueberry for picking
Nodaway Blueberry Farm offers 4 varieties of blueberries for U-Pick when they are in season including the earli-blue, bluecrop, blueray, and legacy.
Each of the blueberries has its unique taste while the bluecrop has a more defined texture than the other types.
Paul and Judith Newman have been the owners of the blueberry farm since 2004. 90% of the blueberry crop is allowed for patrons to do U-Pick. With over 3 acres of farmland, that is almost 2,075 blueberry bushes.
Address: 24275 SW Nodaway Ln, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Distance from Portland — 25 minutes
14. Jossy Farms – a family farm operating since 1885 that specializes in apples, pears and hazelnuts
Jossy Farms has been in business since 1885 when Peter Jossy purchased it and started building crop areas. As sixth-generation farmers, they are still going strong in the Oregon community offering fruits, vegetables, and nuts to its patrons.
Fast forward to the present day, there are 120 acres of hazelnuts, 5 acres of walnuts, 20 acres of apples and pears, and 50 acres of seed crops.
They did peach crops until 2017 because of a harsh winter for their peach trees that year but did not fret. You can still do pick-your-own apples, pears, and other in-season crops.
Address: 31965 NW Beach Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Distance from Portland — 23 minutes
15. Hillside Blueberries – a chemical and pesticide-free farm where you can go fruit picking for the day
Hillside Blueberries has been open to Oregon patrons since 2009 as a family-owned and operated farm.
Located in the Forest Park District of Portland, you do not need to schedule an appointment or do a prepayment to come to pick up the berries.
They offer blueberry varieties such as Nelson and Spartan that can be picked. Spartan blueberries peak in late June and can be picked through to mid-July.
Nelson varieties start in late July and end in early August, but they sometimes end around the same time as Spartan
Address: 9985 NW Kaiser Rd, Portland, OR 97231
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