Monday, June 5th, 2017
Delicious Berry Picking near Ferndale and Lynden

For my family, summer doesn’t officially begin until we venture out to the local fields and fill our buckets with the first berries of the year. This week we did just that. Yum!

Mid-June is a strawberry season in Whatcom County, and it is worth waiting for. Nothing compares to a perfectly ripe berry picked fresh off the vine, dripping with juice and sweet flavor. Of course to fully appreciate it, one should pick it yourself. On a sunny day, there is earthy rejuvenation to be found in row after row of emerald green leaves hiding nature’s most tasty treats.

As I was reminded by many small children also in the field – it’s more fun than an Easter egg hunt. “Look mom, over here! I found one that’s supa wed (super red)!

Many people wonder, “Where is the best place to pick berries near Bellingham?” The truth is, there are several great spots. For this trip, we chose Barbie’s Berries at 7655 Melody Lane in Ferndale. They grow the Hood variety, which is very sweet and soft, with a short shelf life. This means eat them up now (and who can keep their hands off of them?), or freeze them for later. We brought them home and made jam right away – another sign that it is finally summer!

Berries Barbies Berry FarmBerries picking

Barbies is a no-frills berry farm with a fantastic product/s. They are open in June and July offering strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. We had a great time.

Boxx Berry Farm is also a favorite location for my family. Located at 6211 Northwest Road in Ferndale, it opens with a strawberry festival each June. This is a large farm, and the Boxx family has put incredible effort into making it visitor friendly. It offers U-pick strawberries (Puget Reliance, Tillamook or Shuksan varieties), raspberries and blueberries, but also a gorgeous grassy park near the back of the property, swing sets, and a beautiful farm stand open June through September, with fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, ice cream, jam, and jellies, etc.

Boxx Berry exteriorBoxx berry interior

Berry picking is just tiring enough to require a little ice cream, so we had to stop at Boxx for two scoops. We’ll be back soon for raspberries and blueberries, as well as corn in the fall.

Boxx Berries ice cream

Here’s a break down of the details regarding U-pick berries in Whatcom County. By the way, more than 65 percent of all the red raspberries grown in the United States originate in this fertile valley, making it a berry capitol of the nation. The Whatcom Food & Farm Finder brochure has a great map of all farm stand locations. Look for it at the Bellingham Visitors Center, Bellingham Farmer’s Market, or at each location listed below.

Whatcom County berry seasons

  • Strawberries: Mid-June
  • Raspberries: Mid-July
  • Blueberries: Early August
  • Blackberries: Mid August

Refreshing raspberries in the hot summer / Credit: Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

What you need for picking berries

  • Buckets are usually provided in the fields, but it’s good to bring your own containers to carry the berries home. Or pay a little extra for boxes.
  • Grubby clothes that can get dirty.
  • Cash or check is often preferred for payment.

Whatcom County U-pick berry farms

Call to verify hours, weather dependant for each farm.

Barbie’s Berries, Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7655 Melody Lane, Ferndale, WA, 360-384-1260. Features strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

Bellingham Country Gardens, Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 2838 E. Kelly Road, Bellingham. Features everbearing strawberrries June through Oct.

Boxx Berry Farm, Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6211 Northwest Road, Ferndale, 360-380-2699. Features strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries.

Breckenridge Blueberries, Open Wed-Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 3595 Breckenridge Rd., Everson, 360-220-4102. Features blueberries.

Cascade Blueberry Farm, Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2667 Willey’s Lake Road, Custer, 360-961-7081. Features blueberries.

Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Open Wed-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and  Sun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson, 360-966-5859. Features raspberries and blueberries.

Generations Blueberry Farm, Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2298 Stickney Island Road, Everson, 360-966-2600. Features blueberries.

Haugen’s Raspberries and Blueberries, Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 577 Pole Road, Lynden, 360-354-4764. Features Meeker raspberries and Duke blueberries.

Kamm Creek Farm, Open Mon/Wed/ Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 850 Hampton Road, Lynden , WA, 360-433-7616. Features raspberries and blueberries.

Mount Baker Berry Farm, Open Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 5384 Strand Road, Deming, 360-595-2194. Features seven varieties of blueberries.

Shumway’s Berries, Open daily dawn to dusk at three locations: 6010 Siper Road, Everson (features strawberries), 3957 Mount Baker Highway, Everson (features raspberries and blackberries), 7845 Noon Road, Lynden (features blueberries).

Spring Frog Farm, 5709 Putnam Road Everson, WA, 360-303-3711. Features strawberries and raspberries.

For more ideas about fun things to do Bellingham and Whatcom County visit our home page.

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About the Author:

Annette Bagley is the Director of Marketing for Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. As a writer and media relations consultant, her work has appeared in local and national media. She has been enjoying life in the Bellingham and Whatcom County region for more than a decade. Her ideal escapes include water, mountains, a farm visit, or a history lesson, accompanied by good food and a glass of wine.


  1. Dear Annette

    I would like to add my farm to your listings. I am a small berry grower in Whatcom County

    I have blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, black currants.

    I have u-pick and we pick available.



    Farm location: 2274 Pangborn Rd,

    Lynden, WA.

    Whatcom County


    Farm phone: 360 410 7492

    If you have any questions please call or email.

    Thank you for your time

    Wayne Johnson

    Comment by wayne johnson — May 16, 2015 @ 6:41 pm

  2. Hi,My wife and I are from central Arizona and we will be staying in Lynden, Wa for the first week of December. We were there last year at that time at saw many berry farms on our country drives. Having an agriculture background in cotton farming, and an interest in all types of Ag, we are interested in taking a farm tour that specifically shows/describes the farming processes of blueberries in your area. Is that something you can arrange?

    Comment by Chuck Wright — October 27, 2018 @ 7:11 am

  3. Hi Chuck – Farm tours in our region are offered by Boxx Berry Farm (June-August) and Bellewood Acres, which is a year-round apple farm. Samson Estates raspberry farm and winery is also open to the public year-round. I am not aware of an organized tour specifically for blueberries, but I will look into it for you.

    Comment by admin — October 31, 2018 @ 6:52 am

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