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Melissa (left) and David Lindner returning to the Haugen fruit stand with a haul of hand-picked raspberries on July 5, 2019. By Maya Anderson If you are stuck on campus this summer, this is a time to enjoy fruit and vegetable harvests. Fruit stands and farmer’s markets provide a variety of different selections, but nothing beats the fruit of your own labor. Whatcom County is home to several U-pick farms that open their doors to the community every summer.  U-pick farms allow their customers to harvest their own produce straight from the source, typically at lower prices. Taking a few friends on a short road trip and coming back with a haul of natural sweets is not a bad way to spend a day. If you are interested in going to a U-pick farm, here are some things to keep in mind: Call ahead. Farms are occasionally closed on rainy days or run out of produce without updating their website. Calling ahead ensures the farm will have a harvest.  Go early. Picking berries in the hot sun can quickly feel like work rather than a good time. By going right when the farms open, you also get a chance to have the first pick of the day. Bring your own buckets. Preferably ones with a handle or that can be tied around the waist or looped over the shoulder. While some farms have buckets available, they may charge for them or offer a discount if you bring your own.  Be prepared with different types of payment. Every farm has a different payment policy, and having cash, a card, or even a check ready can prevent an embarrassing situation. [caption id="attachment_32454" align="aligncenter" width="386"] The entrance to Haugen's Raspberry Farm alongside a small field of blueberries on July 5, 2019.[/caption] Below are a few U-pick locations, sorted by distance from campus. Bellingham Country Gardens 10 miles from campus 2838 E. Kelly Road Bellingham, WA 98226 Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Offers strawberries, raspberries and a variety of vegetables   Boxx Berry Farm 13 miles from campus 6211 Northwest Road Ferndale, WA 98248 Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m - 4 p.m. Offers strawberries and raspberries   Haugen’s Raspberry Farm 13 miles from campus  577 E. Pole Road Lynden, WA 98264 Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.   Offers raspberries   Barbie’s Berries 18 miles from campus 7655 Melody Lane Ferndale, WA 98264 Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Offers strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

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