By Emy Sloan
Stuart Olson Farms in Salem is a great place to go to stock up on fresh locally grown berries and fruit.
Consisting of approximately 200 acres, Olson farms has it all. There are strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines and apples available for seasonal U-pick. There is also a fantastic roadside fruit and produce stand! We love having the option to U-pick. Not only is it fun for the whole family, but we are able to save SO much money that way. We’re huge fans of freezing and canning our fruits and vegetables. It’s so nice to have them readily available throughout the year. Anything we can do to avoid those high supermarket costs!
This time around we went for the strawberries. We were a little late in the season but there were still a lot left! Last year we were able to ride on a big tractor/trailer out to the fields. This year they took us out on this sweet Yamaha Rhino ATV. What a surprise! The kids LOVED it!
It was a beautiful ride out to the strawberry fields. We blazed past the cherry and peach orchards, beautiful open sky and mountains in the distance. It felt so good to feel the warm breeze and sun on our faces. When we stopped and started to unload, the sweet smell of strawberries was all around us. Yum. The kids were eager to start filling their buckets right away!
My daughter got right to work, she filled her bucket almost to the top! A natural born picker! My son was very concentrated on eating every single berry he came across. My little niece was super content running back and forth through the rows, holding onto the same little berry and letting out squeals of victory! They were all so happy.
Whether you’re going to stock up for the winter or only need a bucketful to make a pie, picking berries at Stuart Olson farms is a great experience that the whole family will enjoy!
You might have to wait a while for the ride back to the stand so plan accordingly. There are no bathrooms in the fields (that we could see.) Remember to bring sunscreen and water if you plan on picking with kids! A few snacks would be good too.
We can’t wait to go back for the blueberries and cherries!!
6925 Joseph St SE, Salem, OR 97317
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