We anticipate this year's U-Pick will start somewhere around July 1 - mid to late August -- WEATHER DEPENDING. (The start date was 2 weeks earlier for 2017 crop. 2016 was 3 weeks earlier.) Keep an eye on our website and FB page for farm updates regarding actual picking dates as we get closer.
Please note - we will not know when we are going to start up until about 1 WEEK PRIOR TO PICKING. We have to wait for the sugar content to be at its optimum levels.
Pricing will remain same as as it's been the last 5 years:
We-Pick $4.00/lb Available @ Fruit Stand
U-PICK $2.50/lb . WE-PICK $4.00/lb
All our berries are the same price by the lb. again this year. That means Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries & Strawberries are all $2.50/lb if YOU PICK. The only fruit that WE pick and sell by the pound are the blueberries. They're available at the fruit stand for $4.00/lb. We do charge by the lb. when you pick. You can borrow one of our pickin' buckets, but we do run out of 'em so you might bring a couple :) You might also bring some large flat boxes that you can pour your berries out into as well.
Blueberries* July 1, 2017 -- Mid-Late August
Strawberries June 10, 2017 -- late fall
Raspberries June 24, 2017 -- late fall
Blackberries TBA (August? thru late fall)
*Blueberries are available pre-picked by the pound at our fruit stand. All other fruits must be U-PICKED.
To see timing of when local crops typically come on (DURING A "NORMAL" YEAR), please see our "RIPE FRUIT GRID" located at the bottom of this page.
I DO A LIVE RADIO BROADCAST
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. I'm live on local radio station KOZI's "2nd Cup Of Coffee" program every Saturday (year round) at 9:30 am. If you're not living locally, you can listen live over the internet. Just go to their website at KOZI.com and click "listen live" in the upper right hand corner. You can also listen from your smart devices.
First things first. Say "Howdy" to Guillermo.
HE'S OUR FARM FOREMAN & HE'S IN CHARGE OUT THERE! We rely on him to decide which rows ARE & ARE NOT open for picking. If he has rows TAPED OFF, he means: NO PICKIN' IN THOSE ROWS. PLEASE RESPECT THIS! He has the authority to ask you to leave, so behave yourselves out there!
COME BACK UP TO THE FRUIT STAND WHEN YOU'RE DONE. We'll weigh your berries & charge by the pound. Remember-U-BUY WHAT U-PICK!
Thanks for your cooperation, Folks! And have fun!
(FYI: 2016: BLUEBERRY U-PICK STARTED SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016 AND ENDED AUGUST 20, 2016)
U-PICK FIELD RULES
I created this timeline based on our picking dates from 2006. I'm sharing it so you can get a GENERAL IDEA of approximate dates that the fruits could be ripe in the Lake Chelan valley. Keep in mind -- EVERY YEAR IS DIFFERENT. And picking dates can swing one way or the other A MONTH, at times. It's all dependent on the weather. If we have a really warm/early spring -- they could be ripe sooner.
If it's really cool -- it could be up to a month or so LONGER before they're ready to pick.
THE 2006 RIPE FRUIT GRID (Again - this is historical data only -- from 2006)