If you love local berries, the strawberry season is upon us … finally! Soon we’ll have the first raspberries and pretty soon thereafter a bounty of blueberries and blackberries. Strawberry season comes in fast and ends just as abruptly so it’s best to get on it now. Take the kids out to a U-pick so they can enjoy the satisfaction of picking their own food (or see how hard it is!), pat some barnyard animals, run around in the playground and maybe even dig into some ice cream and berries.
Before You Go
It can be hot out there so pack hats, sunscreen and plenty of water. Bring your own buckets, as availability is often limited at farms, and you may have to pay for them. And leave Fido at home – pets generally aren’t allowed. Finally, make sure your kids know not to eat the berries before you’ve paid for them. It can be really tempting for a little one to gorge on juicy u-pick berries right there in the field, but they’re not yours until you’ve had them weighed. You may want to bring snacks to help make sure no little ones are hungry in the field.
Here are some tried and true U-picks in the Lower Mainland.
U-Pick Berries in Metro Vancouver
Langley | driedigerfarms.com
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and red currants.
Emma Lea Farms
Ladner | www.emmaleafarms.com
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, tayberries and boysenberries. The farm is also home to Emma’s Ice Cream Stand.
Pitt Meadows | www.formosanursery.com
They offer organic u-pick blueberries. The farm also grows organic raspberries and strawberries, but their crop this year was not sufficient for u-pick of these berries.
Krause Berry Farms
Langley | www.krauseberryfarms.com
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. The farm also offers a playground, market, fruit winery and food including ice cream, pie and corn on the cob.
Abbotsford | www.maanfarms.com
Open since 1977 with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, a petting zoo and ice cream and, yes, even wine!
Surrey | www.surreyfarms.ca
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red and black currants and gooseberries.
Westham Island Farm
Westham Island, Delta | www.westhamislandherbfarm
U-pick berries include strawberries, gooseberries, black, red and white currants, tayberries, marion berries, blueberries and boysenberries. Also on site is Westham Island Winery, which offers fruit wines.
For a complete list, PickYourOwn.org.
Photo credits: Maan Farms
Originally written by Amber Strocel. Updated in 2017 by Harriet Fancott