Whatcom County strawberries available early, u-pick almost ready

Whatcom County strawberries are arriving on the market, with u-pick soon to follow.

Barbie’s Berries recently opened its stand in Lynden’s Fairway Shopping Center and has some available at its farm at 7655 Melody Lane.

Boxx Berry Farm also began harvesting strawberries this week and has some in its store on the farm at 6211 Northwest Road. Boxx strawberries soon will be arriving at Haggen stores, Mike Boxx said.

Boxx said they also plan to open the field for u-pick customers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Barbie’s Berries should be ready for u-pick around Wednesday, June 10, said employee Alexa Vander Meulen. Check for updates on either the Boxx Berry Farm Facebook page or the Barbie’s Berries Facebook page.

The start of the strawberry harvest is a few weeks earlier than a normal year, with the relatively warm winter playing a factor. Some winter damage did occur, but overall the crop looks good with plenty of volume, Boxx said.

He added that with the early start, local strawberry fans should plan to u-pick sooner rather than later. Traditionally many people wait until school is done to come out, but there may not be many strawberries left in his field by then.

Vander Meulen said Barbie’s Berries planted several later blooming varieties, so they hope to have strawberries available throughout the summer.