The sweet smell of fresh berries follows you inside, past the case of pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls and delicious goods baked from scratch. Tucked on immaculate shelves, flowered tea cups await treasure hunters. Ice cream shakes, jams and farm-grown produce (including five types of strawberries) tempt the palette, while seasonal fresh flowers and decor greet the eye. The iconic white barn housing this sensory farm store proudly bears the family name: Schuh Farms.
For almost 60 years, the destination berry and produce stand has welcomed visitors and u-pickers to sense a genuine connection to Skagit’s agricultural heritage. Owners Susan and Steve Schuh and their family grew their original roadside berry stand into the current landmark locale back in the 1980’s.
Three generations participate in the farm. Daughter Jen now runs the retail operations and oversees their presence at 12 area farmers markets. Both her parents are also still actively participating. As Jen explains,” Mom is the driving force, the visionary. Always coming up with new ideas for expansion, or new activities.” Dad Steve works in field operations with the crew on such essentials as irrigation. Jen’s son Stephen, a freshman at Washington State University, is majoring in ag technology. “He’s involved in the farm now too, and looking at improving the farm’s efficiency,” Jen said. Even the staff is part of the family – some members have been there for over 25 years.
Guests are welcome to browse the store’s bounty April through December, dive into seasonal farm-made strawberry shortcake, or simply bring a picnic and revel in the rural experience. U-Pick is open for the 2021 season of strawberries, tayberries, raspberries, blueberries, and of course, pumpkins. Jen said that strawberries are available right now, picked fresh daily, all the way until July 4th. Stop by the farm for a basketful of summer flavor.