One of the joys of running this website has been to get great tips from you, my readers. Without a doubt, one of the best tips I’ve received in the last year has been to check out Charlotte’s Blueberry Park in Tacoma, Washington. Now I’m a Tacoma native, but would you believe I’d never heard of this place before?
So what is this place, exactly? Charlotte’s Blueberry Park is a 20-acre park located off 72nd Street in Tacoma that offers locals a wonderful opportunity to pick blueberries for the low, low price of FREE. The park boasts over 3,300 blueberry plants of different varieties that are in season from July – October.
As if that isn’t awesome enough check this out: “Metro Parks does not use any pesticides or fertilizers on the blueberry plants, they are grown naturally.” Sounds like they are pretty much organic, without the official certification. Just let that sink in for a moment folks…. chemical free, locally grown blueberries for FREE.
Now reader Kim left a picture on my Facebook page yesterday sharing how she’d picked 13 cups of blueberries. I decided that was good enough for me, so I popped the kids into the car today and decided to see what all the buzz was about.
There are just tons of blueberry bushes when you get there. But unfortunately for us (and maybe fortunately for my interested readers!), most of the blueberries are not ripe yet. I don’t normally go blueberry picking, so I nosily asked another lady there her thoughts and she suspected in a week and a half there would be lots more to pick.
I think my daughter was more excited about this small patch of dandelions than the blueberries!
All told, we did not get a ton of blueberries today as most aren’t ripe yet, but we will most certainly be back! We’ll be turning these berries into homemade ice cream tomorrow.
To learn more about this unique park, please visit Charlotte’s Blueberry Park page on the Metro Parks website.
If you liked this post, here are some others you might enjoy…
- Wild Blackberry Picking & Preserving
- Strawberry Picking and Strawberry Vanilla Jam
- West Hylebos Trail in Federal Way, WA
- Edible Weed Foraging
- 2013 Puget Sound Farm Guide (for additional u-pick options)