By Anthony St. Clair | Published June 2016

 

Nothing puts the “u” in summer like picking flowers, fruits, and vegetables with friends and family. From the coast to the Cascades, Lane County is full of farms that welcome the public to come and pick their fill of locally grown, farm-fresh bounty. Here are our top picks for where you can U-pick berries, flowers, and other produce this summer.

Call ahead before you visit: availability varies, plus some farms provide take-home bags or boxes, and some prefer you bring your own. Leave pets at home, but be sure to bring the camera, hats, sunscreen, water, and maybe a picnic blanket.

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Berries

Organic Redneck / McKenzie River Farm

U-pick crops: Blueberries, Strawberries

In the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near the McKenzie River, Organic Redneck offers more than 2.5 acres of organic blueberries that are fun for roaming and easy to pick for all ages. The farm stand offers other crops and produce, from melons and leeks to carrots and peaches.

44382 McKenzie Hwy, Leaburg

541/896-3928

ogredneck.com

Groundwork Organics

U-pick: Blueberries, Strawberries

Located on 125 acres by the Willamette River between Eugene and Junction City, Groundwork Organics grows certified organic produce. Also, check their farm stand for heirloom and root vegetables, cut flowers, greens, dry beans, herbs, orchard fruits, and farm-made jams and sauces.

91360 River Rd., Junction City

541/998-0900

groundworkorganics.com

Whiskey Creek Organics

U-pick: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries

By the Siuslaw River and Highway 126, Whiskey Creek Organics is the perfect farm stand stop for a trip to the coast. The family-owned farm also offers vegetables, orchard fruits, and other greens.

8530 Duncan Island Rd., Mapleton

541/902-5133

whiskeycreekorganics.com

Flowers

Herrick Farms

U-pick: Cut Flowers

East of Springfield, off Highway 126, brilliant flowers and tasty farm-fresh produce await. Herrick Farms offers cut flowers, seasonal flower arrangements, and an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

88088 Millican Rd., Springfield

541/741-1046

herrickfarms.com

Sparhawk Farms

U-Pick: Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers

Near Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Sparhawk Farms has grown more than 250 varieties of beautiful fresh flowers on their 35 acres since 1986. In addition to cut flowers, the farm also offers lavender, wreaths, arrangements, and classes on DIY wedding flower arrangements.

34573 Seavey Loop Rd.

541/746-8077

sparhawkfarms.com 

Wet Rock Gardens Flower Farm

U-pick: Cut Flowers

Off Mohawk Boulevard, Wet Rock offers a local, easily accessible way to pick flowers for a special event or just because. With dozens of varieties available since 1997, Wet Rock also offers pre-picked flowers, as well as delivery and arrangement services.

2877 19th St., Springfield

541/746-4444

wetrock.com

Other Fruits & Vegetables

Patton’s Country Gardens

U-pick: Beets, Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Cucumbers, Cut Flowers, Eggplant, Green Beans, Peppers, Rhubarb, Summer Squash, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, and Zucchini This family-owned florist, garden, and produce stand does a lot with 5 acres. The public can U-pick a variety of produce and flowers, with other crops such as root vegetables and berries also available at the farm stand. Flower arranging services for weddings or other events are also available.

80432 Delight Valley School Rd., Cottage Grove

541/942-7672

Detering Orchards

U-pick: Apples, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Marionberries, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Raspberries, Zucchini

North of Coburg, Detering Orchards has farmed since 1934. A central farm stand hosts music and themed farm days, and also has a playground and picnic area. The farm stand offers sauces, fresh-picked produce, cider, and more.

30946 Wyatt Dr., Harrisburg

541/995-6341

deteringorchards.com