Pick the Schuhs' Berries

Mount Vernon’s Schuh Farms is ready for a bountiful berry harvest.

Second-generation farmer Steve Schuh, along with his wife, Susan, has been selling U-pick strawberries for more than 30 years. Now, the Mount Vernon couple has expanded their operation with the help of their daughter, Jennifer, to include a host of summer berries.

The berries at Schuh Farms—whether U-pick or picked for you—offer a rainbow array of summer’s bounty. Strawberries, raspberries (including tart yellow raspberries) and tayberries, which are a larger, juicier cross between a raspberry and blackberry, are the first to ripen during Washington’s warmer growing season, many going into the selection of syrups, pies and jams available for sale at Schuh Farms. Later this month, on June 23–24, the farm hosts its first annual strawberry festival, which will include hayrides through the fields, a pie-eating contest, and all the strawberries you can handle.

Schuh produce is available at various farmers markets (including the University District and Mount Vernon markets), and produce stands around Seattle and Skagit County (such as Yakima Fruit in Bothell and Carpinito Brothers in Kent) throughout the week, as well as at Shuh Farms in Mount Vernon—the only place you can buy the pastries and jams (15565 State Route 536, Mount Vernon; 360.424.6982).