The summertime blues means something entirely different to those of us luckily enough to call Lewis County home. For us, it means blueberries are finally in season and it’s time to enjoy them in pies, preserves, on ice cream and pancakes, in lemonade or sun-warmed straight off the bush! There is really nothing this little anti-oxidant packed fruit isn’t good on. Don’t believe me? There is a wonderful Farm to Table restaurant in Astoria that makes a burger with a blueberry mustard and it’s heavenly. Seriously, these little guys go with anything.
Where to go for Lewis County Blueberries
Since we all know fresh is best when it comes to produce, you shouldn’t look too far when selecting your summer blueberries. Here are three farms right near Mossyrock you should definitely check out for your blueberry needs.
You cannot get bluer than this family! The Aldrich family brought this wonderful fruit to Lewis County in 1944 when they realized how amazing the Mossyrock soil was. When you go to their farm, take a moment to stop and feel the soil – it’s unlike anything you have seen before – black, soft, fluffy and rich. The Aldrichs are happy to talk to you about the history of blueberries in Mossyrock and the county.
You can buy fruits and well as blueberry plants from their farm, located just ½ mile west of Mossyrock at 190 Aldrich Rd, Mossyrock. Contact them for hours.
Grose’s features WSDA Organic August Moon blueberries. They have both We-pick and U-pick blueberries available. They have Blue Crop berries, which are a medium-large, disease resistant berry that is good for pretty much anything, including baking and freezing.
They are now open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., though they are often closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Evening pick-up can be arranged. It’s best to contact them for more information. Located at 164 Damron Rd, Mossyrock.
Set on almost 200 acres, they definitely have blueberries! In fact, they are the largest blueberry farm in Southwest Washington. Their market stand is open July and August, as long as those cute little fruits are ripe and in stock. They also carry blackberries, raw honey, jams and more. They are located at 212 Klickitat Creek Rd, Mossyrock. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. most days, but it’s best to call first.
Don’t Forget the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival!
Because we are all mad about blueberries, you can’t forget the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival happening August 4-6. The festival includes live concerts each day that are free with admission. There’s a pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday (with blueberries of course), a parade, car show, activities for kids, a 5k and 8k trail run on Saturday, and more blueberries than you could ever eat. Think you’re up to the challenge? On Saturday there is a blueberry pie eating contest. For more information about the festival, visit the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival website.