2018 U-Pick

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:


U-Pick $2.50/lb
We-Pick $4.00/lb Available @ Fruit Stand


2017 SEASON

U-PICK $2.50/lb   .   WE-PICK $4.00/lb

U-Pick Blue Berrie FamilyAll 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.

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Pickin'
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!

Kari

(FYI: 2016: BLUEBERRY U-PICK STARTED SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016 AND ENDED AUGUST 20, 2016)

U-PICK FIELD RULES

PLEASE HAVE BERRIES WEIGHED & PAID FOR BEFORE YOU START EATING THEM.
"Grazers" will be asked to leave.

KIDS 12 & UNDER MUST HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION AT ALL TIMES.  
This means: STICK WITH 'EM & PICK WITH 'EM.
Make sure they're picking ONLY THE RIPE BERRIES that YOU WANT to BUY. 
Folks - please don't pick green berries out of your kids buckets and toss them away prior to paying. If they picked them - then YOU PAY FOR THEM. This is very upsetting! It's a WASTE OF FOOD - and they could have been picked ripe later on by someone else who would have appreciated  AND PAID US FOR them. 
HORSEPLAY IS NOT ALLOWED IN OUR FIELDS. IF YOU'RE IN THE FIELD, YOU'D BETTER HAVE A BUCKET AND BE PICKING -- NOT OUT THERE PULLING OFF FRUIT TO THROW AT EACH OTHER OR JUST "SAMPLING." YOU WILL BE RUN OUT OF THE FIELD AND IT WILL BE VERY EMBARASSING! TRUST ME. 

PLEASE - NO WALKING BETWEEN PLANTS OR BREAKING LIMBS!
It knocks berries off the plants - and breaks the branches. NO HORSE PLAY IN OUR FIELDS!

ONLY CERTAIN ROWS ARE OPEN FOR PICKING THAT HAVE NO CAUTION TAPE.
ROWS THAT ARE TAPED OFF ARE NOT OPEN THIS DAY.
If you see a group of people picking in the restricted area
THOSE ARE OUR PICKERS. DO NOT PICK IN THE CLOSED ROWS.

PICK ONLY THE RIPEST BERRIES FROM EACH CLUSTER.
Ripe blueberries are DARK PURPLE all the way around.
Leave the greener berries on the bush to be picked later in the season.
Please BE GENTLE WITH OUR PLANTS!

GRAB A BUCKET & HEAD TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FIELD*.
We've got buckets for you to use for pickin' (we need 'em back).
Please be aware that our buckets hold about 6 lbs. of berries & that's about $15.00

*There's more fruit at the bottom of the rows because most people start picking at the top, get their buckets
filled and never make it to the bottom. If you're a serious picker or looking for larger fruit,
we STRONGLY recommend starting at the bottom of the field/rows.

 

 


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)