The bounty of summertime produce is one of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest. If you have the time and the energy, it's even more fun (for city-slickers, anyway) to get out in the field and pick your own dinner or dessert.
Remember that seasonal changes are almost a given for Whatcom County farms, so be sure to call ahead to make sure the farm is open and has what you want.
7655 Melody Lane, Ferndale
Opens mid-June with strawberries, raspberries late June, blueberries and blackberries mid to late July. Call for fresh availability. Frozen berries available year-round.
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Farm location for fresh, frozen and u-pick. Stand locations carry fresh berries daily and offer frozen upon request. New stand Bellingham at Bakerview Square. Other stands: Raspberry Ridge, Fairway Shopping Center in Lynden.
BELLINGHAM COUNTRY GARDENS
2838 E. Kelly Road, a half mile west of Mount Baker Highway
360-223-3724, bellinghamcountrygardens.com and Facebook
June through October: Strawberries now and all season through September, vegetables July through October.
Open Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; with more days for strawberries in June.
U-pick, no-spray veggies, strawberries (everbearing) and flowers.
Kids' Day at the Farm July 13, with games, potato planting and U-pick.
6799 Old Guide Road, Lynden. From Guide Meridian, go west on Pole Road, then one mile to Old Guide, go left a half mile, stand is on the right.
Approximately the second week of June through about Labor Day
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Three farm stands with strawberries only at Lee's Drive-In at Alabama and James streets, Bellingham; gas station at Smith Road and Guide Meridian, Bellingham; and gas station at Pole Road and Guide Meridian.
Recipe handouts at u-pick stand on Old Guide Road.
U-pick stand at Bjornstad Farms, 6799 Old Guide Road; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and corn.
BOXX BERRY FARM
6211 Northwest Road, Ferndale, about two miles north of Smith Road soccer complex.
360-380-2699 (BOXX), boxxberryfarm.com
Open about June 10 through about Sept. 30. Open weekends in December.
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
U-pick or we-pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and flowers. Boxx also grows carrots, potatoes, corn, onions, garlic, cucumbers, dill, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and tomatoes.
CASCADE BLUEBERRY FARM
2667 Willeys Lake Road, Custer
Farm stand open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through September
Vegetables, salad mix, blueberries, and hanging baskets when in season. Also at Ferndale Public Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through September.
CLOUD MOUNTAIN FARM CENTER
6906 Goodwin Road, Everson
Through June: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July through Oct. 31: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 1-24: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organic vegetables available at Bellingham Farmers Market and on-site farm stand: tomatoes, basil, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, peppers, squash, scallions, fennel, beets, Daikon radish, kale, Napa cabbage, lettuce, spinach, eggplant and Romanesca cauliflower.
Non-organic vegetables at Bellingham Farmers Market and on-site stand: apples, grapes, blueberries, cherries, quince, Aronia berries, pears, hardy kiwi, gooseberries, plums, Asian pears, raspberries, currants and peaches.
GENERATIONS BLUEBERRY FARM
2298 Stickney Island Road, Everson
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open July through August
Call ahead for large orders. Open for u-pick and fresh-picked berries.
7892 Enterprise Road, Ferndale
U-pick open mid-July to Oct 1, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Call ahead for picked berries.
1920 Harksell Road, Ferndale
Opens around July 4; open Saturdays and Sundays and by mutual appointment. Season lasts about three weeks.
U-pick sweet and pie cherries, with buckets and ladders for picking. We-pick for disabled and elderly people with 48 hours notice. Follows organic rules, but not certified. Prices: $5 a pound u-pick; $6 a pound we-pick.
HAUGEN'S RASPBERRIES & BLUEBERRIES
577 E. Pole Road, Lynden, between Hannegan Road and Guide Meridian
360-354-4764, 360-815-1344, Haugensraspberries.com
Season starts about July 1 and runs for six weeks. Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Eighteen acres of Meeker raspberries, u-pick and we-pick. Call ahead to place orders. Also have Duke Blueberries.
3072 Massey Road, Everson
360-927-8433, and on Facebook
July-September; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Certified organic produce and blueberries.
3110 Taylor Ave., Bellingham
360-671-6739, joesgardens.com and Facebook
May through mid-October: Fruits, vegetables and cut flowers
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spray-free, non-GMO vegetables, plus locally grown berries and branch fruit from Smallwood Farms in Eastern Washington.
KENDRA'S DAHLIAS AND PRODUCE
3236 Massey Road, Everson, off of Highway 9
Dahlia blooms available daily at self-serve stand mid-July through September. Call ahead for large quantities
No- spray produce available in season.
3770 Aldergrove Road, Ferndale, exit from I-5 at Grandview Road; go west to North Star Road; turn left; go to second stop sign at Aldergrove Road; turn right.
Self-service farm stand; noon-6 p.m. September through early October in line with growing season of each crop.
Farm stand stocked daily with morning-harvested produce: sweet corn; Jonagold, Akane and Spartan apples; and Bosc and Comice pears.
KOSKELA BLUEBERRY FARM
943 Piper Road. Take Northwest Road to Piper Road; turn right, fourth driveway on the right.
Open July 25 to end of August, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m.
U-pick and we-pick blueberries.
Farm stand at 8684 Line Road, Lynden; half-mile east of Lynden High School on Bradley Road.
Mid-July through the first week of September, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Four varieties of blueberries. Call to place orders.
LUBBE ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES AND VEGGIES
3200 Lindsay Road, Everson
On Facebook under Lubbe Organic Strawberries and Veggies
Call for opening and availability for farm stand. Call ahead for orders to be harvested just before you pick them up.
Organic u-pick strawberries, raspberries, beets, beans (fresh or dry), garlic, potatoes, cucumbers, squash and other veggies. All new planting of berries for this year.
MOUNT BAKER BERRY FARM
5384 Strand Road, Deming
Mid-July through September; check website for opening day.
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Organic u-pick blueberries.
NORTH FIELD FARM
6726 Northwest Road, Ferndale, about four miles north of Axton Road on east side of Northwest.
Open last week of July or first week of August; call for exact opening date. Open 8 a.m. 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Sweet, medium-size berries; bring containers. We pick by request, but call to order.
NORTH FORK GARDENS FARM STAND
5561 North Fork Road, Deming
360-410-0813, nfgardens.com and Facebook.
July 13-Oct 13; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Seasonal no-spray flowers, herbs and vegetables.
RED BARN LAVENDER
3106 Thornton Road, Ferndale, at Thornton and Barr roads.
Open June 25 through July 21
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Fresh lavender flowers, many varieties, organically grown, we cut or u-cut, $5 a bunch.
360-815-7321, Shumwaysberries.com, email@example.com
Fresh sales at stand, 3957 Mount Baker Highway, Everson, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Also at Bellingham Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
U-pick at three self-serve stations, with low prices and extended hours, dawn to dusk:
Strawberries: 6010 Siper Road, Everson
Raspberries and blackberries: "The Stand," 3957 Mount Baker Highway, Everson
Blueberries: 7845 Noon Road, Lynden
Season begins mid-June, ends mid-August.
Open daily; fresh sales Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; u-picks open daily dawn to dusk.
No-spray raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. No synthetic insecticides or fungicides used.
4405 Deming Road, Everson, 12 miles east of Bellingham on Mount Baker Highway, across from Mount Baker Vineyards.
Open around July 1, with tayberries and early blueberries, sweet corn; late raspberries in August.
Farm stand with limited u-pick blueberries, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.