Savor the Summer with U-Pick!
If only there was a remote control that could slow down these waning summer weeks as we cross the threshold into the final days of summer. Looking for ways to savor these blue-sky days? Take a bucket and a few good pals to a nearby fruit farm and pick, pick, pick your favorite summer crop. After a day in the fields and under the hot sun, head for the cool refuge of your kitchen where canning your newly picked treats will ensure that you can savor the summer, even when there’s snow on the ground.
Check out these U-pick farms:
Within the Greater Portland region it’s easy to swap concrete for dirt road. There are lots of farms within short driving distance and if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, these fruit fields are even accessible via bike. Head out to West Union Gardens in Hillsboro to pick the variety of raspberries crops available through September. At Smith Berry Barn you can catch the tail end of berry season through August and then continue picking through the fall. Their abundant apple orchard is open for pickers through the middle of October. In addition to picking, Smith Berry Barn hosts seminars on how to create your own backyard harvest. At Duyck’s Peachy Pig Farm you can harvest prunes and peaches through September and make your way into fall in their pumpkin patch. Visit Peachy Pig year round to pick walnuts and filberts.Check out Sauvie Island Farms to get the tail end of the summer crops including pears, flowers and herbs and a variety of peaches. Come back in October for the pumpkins and fall gourds.
Head east to Mt. Hood/Gorge region for an abundance of family-owned farms to visit and for a 35-mile scenic drive through orchards and fruit forest and farmland on the Fruit Loop Tour or the Sandy Area Farm Loop.
Thanks to a later-than-normal spring, blueberry season is extended through August. Visit Browning Blueberries, Nelson’s Blueberry Farm, or Wilinda Blueberry Patch to pick but just be sure to call ahead and double check on the crops. At the historic Gorge White House you can catch the tail end of blueberry season and fall’s pear and apple harvest. After picking, head inside to view the historic home and explore the art gallery and gift shop, or just take a load off in the shaded gardens
For more ideas on how to find the best U-pick spots visit TravelOregon.com/Bounty
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