Radke’s Blueberries

July 26, 2012 · 6 comments

I might be nuts, but I just picked 80 pounds of blueberries. My kids, my mom, and I went to Radke’s Blueberries (off of Highway 99 in South Corvallis) yesterday afternoon, and the picking was SO easy that I almost couldn’t stop myself. I got about 45 pounds in less than three hours. I woke up this morning kidless (Henry took them to work) and motivated, so I went back and picked another 35 pounds in two hours (including a few Instagram breaks). The vast majority of these berries will go into my chest freezer, and we’ll enjoy them all winter long.

I have nothing bad to say about any of the U-pick blueberry places in the Corvallis area, but the reality is that Radke’s is the best. period.

First off, the place is beautiful, and if you go in the morning or evening, there are plenty of shady areas to escape from the heat. Secondly, Janet and Ed Radke, the owners, are great folks. My parents have known them since way back when, and they’re just really nice but also super hardworking and knowledgeable. Thirdly, the blueberry bushes are very healthy and very prolific, dripping with large, sweet berries (Jersey, Blue Crop, and my favorite Hurbert). Fourthly, it’s CHEAP, $1.50/lb. for U-pick berries or $2/lb. if you don’t want to pick them yourself. Compare that to $3+ per pint, which is the going rate at the farmers’ market. Fifthly, harvesting your own blueberries is a very pleasant experience, and this place is perfect for picking five pounds or 100 pounds.

I was picking along and found this empty nest in one of the bushes.

If you live in this area, you should go to Radke’s like…today. Well, actually, they’ll probably offer U-picking for all of August and possibly into September, so there’s no real hurry, but I can personally attest to the fact that the picking is as good as it gets right now.

They’re open every day 8 am to 8 pm (but it’s most pleasant to go before noon or after 5ish if it’s hot out). They have buckets available to pick into, but you should bring your own boxes or containers to take berries home.

Find them:

490 SE Three Mile Ave. (just off Hwy. 99 a little north of Airport Rd.)
Corvalis, OR 97333
 

If you have questions, call (541) 753-5680, and they’re on Facebook (though the page is updated remotely by Janet and Ed’s daughter).

Tell them Camille sent you! (They’ll get a kick out of that.)

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Elisabeth@SimplyParkers July 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi Camille, I found your blog a while ago because of a recommendation from someone in the Live and Learn Baby class through LBCC. I read often, but haven’t commented yet. My little guy and I went to Blueberry Meadows this morning and I picked all of about 9lbs. I’m totally inspired…80lbs!? Wow. I think I’ll have to take another trip! Haven’t heard of Radke’s until now and we live in South Corvallis so it will be perfect. Thanks for the recommendation. Love your blog :)

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catie July 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm

i’m so appreciating the fact that your sandals & toenails coordinate with the berries : )

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Shannon July 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Catie stole my comment.

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sonya July 27, 2012 at 6:38 am

ok, that’s it. i’m moving to the west coast. u-pick blueberries in my area (delaware) are at least a dollar more. it hardly makes it worth it. on the other hand i did get about 2 bushels of peach seconds for about $20. now that was worth it.

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Mary & Tim July 27, 2012 at 7:07 am

Stunning! Loved these shots and can’t wait to see all the amazing things you make with the blueberries!

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