Last updated 2017
I have visited 5 farms in the greater Portland area which I believe are world-class. I have visited them each over multiple years and at least 3 times.
They cannot really be ranked in order because they each have special things about them and they are spread apart. One place has only strawberries while another has dozens of vegetables.
All the places have natural or non-spray options. It's not always practical for a farm to do what it takes to be officially organic so I stopped limiting my visits to only organic farms.
All the places keep a website and/or facebook page updated with what is available. They also have phones they answer. Check before you go.
All the places have maps. All have bathrooms. All have containers in case you do not.
None of these places have prices so low that you feel like you are stealing. That's not the point. For me, it's the experience of being on the farm and picking your own delicious produce.
What day of the week you go and what time of day you go does matter. Remember the biggest crowds are on the weekend and they can exhaust the harvest. It regrows during the week.
Unger Farms for StrawberriesIn Cornelius, Southwest of PortlandPROS
- Superlative flavor and abundance of berries. Superlative flavor and abundance of berries.
- Only strawberries
- Strawberries bruise easily. Take containers good for holding strawberries. Bags are not good for this.
Sauvie Island Farms for vegetables and fruitsthis is one specific farm on Sauvie IslandPROS
- So many vegetables and fruits and flowers to choose from and all in one place...it's ridiculous. How can they possibly stay in business?
- Be prepared to walk or take the tractor in order to reach the berries.
- Delicious and abundant varieties of blueberries that span the summer.
- Half-hour drive from Portland feels long.
- If you are coming from the North, you can stop at the bakery and restaurant and petting zoo farm about 10 minutes to the north, Amazing rolls and sandwiches. Crazy goats and bunnies. Presidential pumpkin art. Fir Point Farms
Bella Organica for berries, fruits and some vegetableson Sauvie IslandPROS
- Amazing blueberry and strawberry patches.
- Victim of its own success. Can get crowded and overpicked.
- Fields can be distant. Choose your fields, have a backup and save time for the petting zoo area.
- Easy access to many types of berries.
Restaurant and shop.
- Might be hard to park.
- I've only been here 3 times. I'm not sure yet.