June 25, 2012

Fresh berries in the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge

by Nate Rafn

Living in Oregon, we know that fresh berries act as seasonal indicators. Their availability and level of ripeness tell us what time of year it is, and what's coming next. Seasonal fruits seem to evoke memories of summers past. They remind us of fun activities like picking wild blackberries, baking pies, or climbing a cherry tree to get to the best fruit.

With that in mind, we decided to compile this list of local farms and businesses that are good sources of fruit and berries. Some of these businesses provide u-pick opportunities, others sell fresh fruit from nearby growers. We also recommend visiting your local farmers' market. You're likely to find vendors who sell fresh berries all summer long.


Blueberry Meadows
3860 NE Highway 20 Corvallis, OR
Products: u-pick berries, frozen berries

Midway Farms
6980 NW Highway 20, Albany OR 97330
Products: fruit and berries from the farm and other local growers

Columbia Gorge

Cody Orchards Fruit Stand
3475 Graves Road Hood River, OR
Products: fresh berries and produce, local honey, jams, cider

Dickey Farms
511 West Steuben Street Bingen, WA
Products: cherries, raspberries, strawberries

Klock Blueberry Farm
931 NE Salzman Rd Corbett, OR
Products: u-pick, farm stand, several blueberry varieties

Mountain View Orchards Fruit Stand
6670 Trout Creek Ridge Road Mt. Hood Parkdale, OR
Products: many fruit and berry varieties, farm stand, u-pick

Root Orchards
1111 Root Road Mosier, OR
Products: u-pick sweet cherries

Eugene/Southern Willamette Valley

Bear Fruit Farm
30595 Detering Drive Harrisburg, OR
Products: natural u-pick blueberries and strawberries

Herrick Farms
88088 Millican Road Springfield, OR
Products: farm stand, fresh raspberries, strawberries, marionberries, cherries

Groundwork Organics
30699 Maple Drive Junction City, OR
Products: organic raspberries and strawberries, CSA program

Lone Pine Farms
91909 River Road Junction City, OR
Products: farm market, fresh fruit and strawberries, u-pick

Thistledown Farm
91455 River Road Junction City, OR
Products: blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, farm market, fresh-baked pies, jams and preserves, syrups, GMO-free

Portland Metro Area

Kruger's Farm Market
17100 Northwest Sauvie Island Road Portland, OR
Products: strawberries

Sauvie Island Farms
19818 Northwest Sauvie Island Road Portland, OR
Products: strawberries, blackberries, marionberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries

Smith Berry Barn
24500 Southwest Scholls Ferry Road Hillsboro, OR
Products: 20 varieties of berries

West Union Gardens
7775 NW Cornelius Pass Rd. Hillsboro, OR
Products: raspberries, tayberries, loganberries, silvan blackberries

Oregon Berry Organizations

Oregon-Grown Blueberries

Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission

Salem/Mid-Willamette Valley

Bauman Farms
12989 Howell Prairie Road Northeast Gervais, OR
Products: strawberries

E.Z. Orchards
5504 Hazel Green Rd NE Salem OR
Products: farm market, fresh strawberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, jelly and jam, shortcake stand and ice-cream smoothies

LifeSource Natural Foods
2649 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR
Products: organic strawberries, cherries and raspberries, dehydrated fruit

Minto Island Growers
3394 Brown Island Rd. S, Salem, OR
Products: u-pick, organic strawberries, blueberries, blueberry seedlings, farm stand

Salem Public Market
1240 Rural Ave. Salem, OR
Products: fresh fruit and berries from several local growers

Salem Saturday Market
Summer St. and Marion St. Salem, OR
Products: fresh berries from several local farms

Related Links

Blackberry Ketchup recipe by chef Jeff James

Farmers' Market Directory

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