Today I wanted to remind you of our local u-pick farms and let you know what fresh fruits and produce are in season right now.

We have several of these u-pick farms in our region so here's a list of five (5) promoted by our very own Yakima Valley Tourism group. Keep them and this list handy for when you get a "hankering" for some fresh local fruits and vegetables. Don't let the heat keep you away from u-pick farms, you can start off earlier in the day (during the week or on the weekend) before it gets too hot outside.

Bill's Berry Farm: I have fond memories of going here with my young daughter, Willow. When she was in kindergarten and first grade, we would venture out here and pick some blueberries. She would run around the play area and I would stand back, laugh, and watch her make new little friends in the field. Bill's Berry Farm doesn't just offer berries, they also have other fruits, pumpkins, squash, and apples depending on the season. Try their donuts, too!

Blueberry Hill Berries: My daughter's Girl Scout troop likes to come here and let the girls pick blueberries and get some frozen sorbatto from inside the store. They also have raspberries and strawberries depending on the season and you can pre-order from them, too. Families love to come here by the dozen, so get there early before it gets crowded. It's a good idea to bring your own buckets or baskets for picking the fruit.

Krueger Pepper Farms: This u-pick will be open starting August 1st when the peppers are in season. They are closed on Sundays so keep that in mind if you are planning on visiting during the weekends. You'll be able to pick your own peppers (50 varieties), tomatoes, assorted gourds and squash, melons, and more! Check the calendar (harvest timeline) for when the produce gets ripe for picking.

West Valley U-Pick: Located right off of Zier Rd, this u-pick will be open 7 days a week beginning July 19th. Noted on their website is the memo that the heatwave was actually a GOOD thing for the blueberries so come ready to stock up! If you want to get some peaches, they'll be ready late July and early August. After that, you can pick your own plums, pears, apples, and assorted squash.

Ahtanum Berry Patch: Get your u-pick on with some fresh blackberries right off the patch. Get a pound of berries for $3 each. You can save them up to make delicious pies, jams, and whatever else floats your boat. They are open Wednesdays thru Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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