It’s berry season! This handy guide will help you find the best summer berries in Metro Vancouver.
The Fraser Valley’s rich fertile soils produce an abundance of juicy, delicious fresh berries from June through to September.
Berries can be bought by the basket, by the flat or you can pick your own.
Berry flat drive-thru is a new feature offered at many locations this year due to COVID-19. U-pick has changed, if you plan to pick your own berries, find out about the container policy before you go.
Before heading out to any of the Fraser Valley berry farms, call ahead to confirm pricing, hours of operation, and quantities of fresh berries available.
Berries can be ordered in advance from some of the farms.
When is Berry Season in Metro Vancouver?
Berry season runs from mid-May until the middle of September. Summer berry harvest times are subject to change as Mother Nature can be unpredictable.
Types of Summer Berries
Strawberry season runs from June 5 to June 30, and then again in late July with a second crop.
Delicious strawberries have been growing in the Fraser Valley for more than 30 years by about 48 different farms.
Find out more about BC strawberries.
Raspberry season usually starts around June 20th and finishes near the end of July.
When conditions are ideal, farms in the Fraser Valley will yield more than 12 million kilograms of raspberries.
Boysenberry season happens between July 15 to August 1.
A boysenberry is deep maroon in colour. This delicate fruit has a very short season.
Tayberry season last about a month, usually from the middle of June until the middle of July.
The Tayberries originally came from the Tay River area of Scotland. This berry is sweeter than a raspberry.
Black Currant Season
Harvest time for black currants is around July 1 – July 15.
Red Currant Season
The red currant season is from late June to late July.
Look for blackberries starting in July until the end of August.
Blueberries were first grown in British Columbia in 1920s. The Fraser Valley has been growing this berry for more than 40 years.
The Fraser Valley is one of the world’s best producers of this heart-healthy fruit from July through to September. In 2019, BC produced 86,000 tonnes (190 million pounds) of highbush blueberries.
Learn more about what to look for when buying fresh Blueberries.
Health Benefits of Eating Summer Berries
Berries pack a powerful dose of healthy nutrients and are low in calories.
Health Benefits of Strawberries
Strawberries are just 55 calories for one cup. They are rich in antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C.
Strawberries are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Throw strawberries into smoothies, make a salsa for grilled halibut, add them to salads, or turn them into jam.
Here is a great source for many delicious recipes using this fruit from the BC Strawberry Council.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
Scientific research shows blueberries rank the highest for health benefits. The berry is known as the top super food. One cup of these berries is only 80 calories.
The blueberry has been found to be an important antioxidant and has potent anti-inflammatory benefits to help fight against cancer, brain diseases, cardiovascular illness, and diabetes.
This plump tasty berry can be added to appetizers, salads, beverages, muffins, and deserts. Look for more blueberry recipe ideas here from the BC Blueberry Council.
Find out more about the health benefits of eating blueberries.
COVID-19 health and safety precautions are in place to protect workers and visitors at the berry farms. Social distancing and guidelines are in place. Please obey the directional signs and markers.
Check with each farm you plan visit to see what measures their business has established for your protection. Some farms offer a berry flat drive-thru service.
Wear a mask and if you feel sick, stay home.
Where to find the best berries in Metro Vancouver
Arjuna Berry Farms/Arjuna Fruit Stand – Strawberries and Raspberries
Arjuna Berry farms is a family operated farm. The fruit stand is open from June through September.
Location: 2320 Huntingdon Road, Abbotsford
For more information: 604-556-9055 or visit the website: Arjuna Berry Farms
Bumble Berry Farms – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries
Bumble Berry Farms has been in operation since 1969.
The farm offers fresh or frozen berries. Frozen berry sales run from October – May.
Location: 31580 Huntington Road, Abbotsford (near the Abbotsford Airport)
For more information: 604-835-3416 or visit the website: Bumble Berry Farms
Maan Farms – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries and Award-winning Berry Wines
Mann Farms is a family affair that started with their first roadside stand in 1982. The 80-acre farm prides itself in supporting sustainable, cost-effective, and ethical farming practices.
The award-winning Maan Estate Winery began producing wine in 2013. All wines are made in-house with fresh farm-grown fruit. Each bottle produced is made with two pounds of fruit. All the wines are very low in sulphites. Visit the Tasting Room to sample some of their offerings.
There is a Country Market to buy fresh produce and you can pick your own during berry season.
The Market is open 7 days a week from 9 am – 5 pm and the U-pick is open from 10 am – 3 pm, depending on availability.
Location: 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford, BC
For more information: 604-864-5723 or visit the website: www.maanfarms.com
Neufeld Berry Barn and Market – Strawberries, Raspberries and Blueberries
The Neufeld family has been farming in the Fraser Valley for more than 40 years. The market sells their own freshly picked berries and vegetables along with produce from other local farmers.
You will also find homemade pickles, jams, and a variety of tempting items including ice cream and baked goods.
Location: 32215 King Road, Abbotsford
For more information: 604-859-0484 or visit the website: Neufeld Berry Barn
Willems Berry Farm – Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries
Willems Berry Farm has been growing berries since 1983.
Pick your own fruit or buy ready picked fresh or frozen.
Location: 33736 Vye Road, Abbotsford
For more information: 604-864-1149 or visit the website Willems Berry Farm
Didar Berry Farm – Blueberries
Didar Berry Farm sits on the rich, fertile land of Burns Bog. Burns Bog was the first area in BC to start growing blueberries in the 1920s
Location: 5580 104th Street, Delta
For more information: 778-888-4399 or visit the website: https://www.didarberryfarms.com/
Delta – Westham Island
Drive over one of the oldest bridges in BC as you enter onto the island.
Emma Lea Farms – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Tayberries, Blackberries and Black Currants
Emma Lea Farms has operated since 1885 and provides U-Pick and ready picked berries.
The Stand Store offers farm fresh produce, honey, pickles, jams, flowers and certified natural beef. Enjoy ice cream and baked goods at the Ice Cream Shop.
Location: 2727 Westham Island Road, Delta
Call for an updated list of produce available 604-946-8216 or visit the website: Emma Lea Farms
Rai’s Colebrook Farming – Blueberries
The Rai family has been farming in Surrey for more than 20 years producing high quality, hand-picked blueberries.
Location: 14176 Colebrook Road, Surrey
For more information: 604-599-3516 or visit the website: https://www.raiscolebrookfarming.com/
Surrey Farms – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries
The family run business of Surrey Farms started growing on 10 acres in 1989. Over time the farm expanded to more than 300 acres.
U-pick fields and farm-fresh berries along with other local fruits and vegetables are available.
Two Locations: 4981 King George Blvd, Surrey for strawberries and raspberries and 5180 152 Street, Surrey for blueberries and strawberries
For more information: 604-574-1390 or visit the website: Surrey Farms
Driediger Farms – Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Red Currants and Blackberries
Driediger Farms has been operating since 1964.
The market is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visiting customers to the market are limited to 10 people at one time.
U-pick fields are heavily monitored and social distancing measures are in place.
Curbside pickup is still an option if you call ahead with an order. The playground and picnic tables are available for use.
Plans are being made for more family summer activities.
Location: 23823-72nd Avenue, Langley
For more information: 604-888-1665 or visit the website: http://driedigerfarms.com
Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery
Krause Berry Farms is open 7 days a week from 9 am – 5 pm during the summer months. From September through May the farm is open with seasonal hours.
The market and bakery are open. Shop for pre-packaged bakery goods, fresh/frozen berries, frozen pies, meals, preserves, and our home and garden giftware.
Drive-thru and pick-up service is available for fresh berries, frozen berries, frozen pies, pie-in-a-jar, ice cream and the Waffle Bar
U-Pick fields are open but personal containers are no longer accepted. Purchase a basket at the U-pick booth.
New this year is the Waffle Bar Drive-In. Drive in to the designated field and put on your vehicle’s hazard lights to let them know you are ready to order. Your order will be taken at your vehicle.
Estate Winery is open and tastings are available. Sign up at the entrance to the winery and you will be called when an opening is available.
There are hand washing stations and do-it-yourself hand sanitizer stations. Bring your personal protective equipment.
Portable toilets are provided at the farm.
Location: 6179 248th Street, Langley BC
For more information: 604-856-5757 or visit the webiste: www.krauseberryfarms.com
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