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Kinfolk Saturdays: Picking Berries

Film by Andrew & Carissa Gallo of SeaChant.co Photographs by Carissa Gallo Sound Mix and Design by ClintSnowSound.com

OUR KINFOLK SATURDAYS FILM SERIES IS ALL ABOUT GIVING YOU IDEAS FOR THINGS TO DO ON THE WEEKENDS, INSPIRING YOU TO TRY NEW THINGS AND MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR PRECIOUS DAYS OFF.  

This week’s film is all about finding places where you can gather your own produce straight from the source. The Kinfolk team has been seen clipping a few flowers from other people’s flowering trees around the neighborhood, but they do grow back. We did a little sleuthing online and came up with a few places where you can pick your own berries, fruit, vegetables and other good stuff. We highly recommend checking their websites before you head out to make sure their U-pick area is open for public picking!

Northwest Oregon: Hood River Fruit Loop is a wonderful resource for U-Pick farms in the Columbia River Gorge area (not far from Portland, Oregon).

Oregon: Sauvie Island Farms: Pick your own berries, peaches, veggies, pumpkins and cut your own Christmas trees!

Oregon: At Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island, you can pick your own berries, veggies, pumpkins and flowers. They also hold regular canning classes.

Oregon: Tri County Farm on Sauvie Island is all about blueberries of many varieties!

This article from The Oregonian also highlights some local favorites around the Portland area.

Washington State: Washington State is a bucolic wonderland waiting for U to pick! This website offers a huge list of places to go!

Northeast Long Island, New York: Golden Earthworm Farm is a really beautiful organic farm run by a chef-turned-farmer. Head there for some certified organic strawberries while they’re in season.

Massachusetts: This website outlines a ton of options for U-picking in Western Massachusetts:

Wyoming, Delaware: Fife Orchards is a certified organic farm that uses a lot of environmentally conscientious practices and participates in a farm-to-school program, which is really cool. You can head there to pick berries, apples, peaches and pumpkins.

Southeast Elijay, Georgia: B.J. Reece Orchards in the Blue Ridge Mountains has a limited U-pick season in September and October. It’s a gorgeous place where you can pick apples and peaches, and there is a great bakery to visit as well.

Charleston, South Carolina: Boone Hall Plantation is a good place to visit, have lunch and pick your own berries. Check in with them to see what season the U-pick area is open!

Midwest Homer Glen, Illinois: Garden Patch Farms offers a full array of seasonal fruit and veg (it’s located about 45 minutes outside of Chicago).

Southwest  McGrath Family Farm in Southern California is a certified organic farm with a daily farmers market. Head here to pick your own carrots, heirloom tomatoes, squash and pumpkins.

We also encourage educated foraging! There are a number of recent books out on the subject, including Dandelion Hunter, Foraged Flavor and Wild Food.

Mother Earth News also has a guide to foraging for edible wild plants!

Lastly, Fallen Fruit is part art project and part guide to public places where folks can access produce! Happy foraging!

Thanks to Jodi Murphy and Taylor Stark. 

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