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. 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!

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 and 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.

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.

Here’s a breakdown 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 capital 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

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.
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