If you love local berries, the strawberry season is ON! Soon we’ll have the first raspberries and quickly 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
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and red currants.
Langley | driedigerfarms.com
Emma Lea Farms
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, tayberries and boysenberries. The farm is also home to Emma’s mouth-watering Ice Cream Stand.
Ladner | www.emmaleafarms.com
This is the go-to for organic blueberries. The farm also grows organic raspberries and strawberries, persimmons and Asian pears.
Pitt Meadows | www.formosanursery.com
Krause Berry Farms
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.
Langley | www.krauseberryfarms.com
Open since 1977 with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, wine, a petting zoo and ice cream and, yes, goat yoga!
Abbotsford | www.maanfarms.com
U-pick berries include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red and black currants and gooseberries.
Surrey | www.surreyfarms.ca
Westham Island Farm
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.
Westham Island, Delta | www.westhamislandherbfarm
For a complete list, PickYourOwn.org.
Photo credits: Maan Farms