We grow two acres of organic blueberries in the rich valley-bottom soils of the Chimacum Valley. These berries are much beloved for their size, sweetness and general tastiness! We sell our berries primarily at local farmers markets and local stores like the PT Food Coop and Chimacum Corner Farmstand.
Each season is different in the berry field, depending on the elements. If the berry season is abundant, then we can occasionally open for public picking by special announcement. However most years we are not able to open to the public for general picking and we limit picking to members of our Berry Collective. To join the Berry Collective, you must volunteer to do one day of Farm Service or pay a membership fee. Once you gain membership in the U-pick Berry Collective, you are invited via email to pick during select days throughout the berry season.
The Berry Collective
"A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective."
We see the bounty of the bery field as our common objective. To receive information about Finnriver berries and how to join the Berry Collective, please click this link and select the Berry Information email list:
Here's how it works:
- Folks who volunteer at least ONE DAY (or equivalent trade) of service, or who pay a membership fee, can gain membership into the Berry Collective and earn summer U-Pick blueberry access to the farm. You offer your service to help the farm, and the farm offers you the unique opportunity of the reduced cost and great joy of U-pick.
- Volunteering may take the form of field or administrative labor. Picking, planting, sweeping, pruning, mulching, weeding. If you are not interested in the physical labor, we have other "indoor" jobs as well. Folks have also volunteered to do financial services, yoga for our farm crew, chiropractic, computer consulting and more-- and these services can all be considered forms of Farm Service as well.
- The "volunteer year" will run from September to June. We send announcements out to our Blueberry Information email list. Service must be completed by the end of June in order to qualify for that summer's Collective.
- We may ask volunteers to contact the farm at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 360-821-2226 to confirm dates/times of Farm service. Bring a water bottle, lunch picnic, work gloves, rain-gear, sun-hat but NO DOGS and NO SMOKING please. Review the Safety Considerations on the Farm Visits page, too please.
Feel free to contact farm managers Jeff or Janet with questions.
We hope this format allows the Berry Collective to build stronger connections to the farm. And we think the berries will like the loving attention from so many good folks!
During the berry season, we respectfully request that you do not call us about blueberry picking. If we have sufficient berries to open for public picking, we will post dates on the Calendar link here or on our homepage.
We kindly ask you to keep the following in mind:
• Organic blueberries prices are posted eah season and blueberries are our only u-pick fruit. We ask that you pick a minumum of $10 in berries.
• We cannot guarantee sweetness, abundance or availability. If some days get too busy, we may need to shut down the picking to preserve the field.
• Some rows will be roped off for market picking and not open to the public. Please respect this and do not complain...the berries are for joy only!
• You will pick in our buckets, but do bring containers to carry berries home.
• Please keep your kids close and ensure they are very gentle on the bushes.
• No smoking or dogs on the land. Humans of all ages welcome.