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U-pick Farms

U-pick Farms
Bountiful harvest, family fun

Apples and berries abound for intrepid travellers willing to pick their own. These farms offer trees and patches for you to harvest yourself, as well as tastings and even food made from the produce at hand.

Apple Hill (Placerville). In the heart of the Gold Country, choose from more than 50 farms and ranches offering old-fashioned pumpkin patches, apple picking, and delicious cider donuts.

Phipps Country Store and Farm (Pescadero). Stop by this inviting destination, about 50 miles/80 kilometres south of San Francisco, to fill your baskets with strawberries in spring and juicy olallieberries in summer.

Covers Apple Ranch (Toulumne). Take a side trip on your way to or from Yosemite to harvest crisp apples, visit with barnyard critters, and picnic on fresh deli items and homemade baked goods.

Villa del Sol (Leona Valley). Plan a spring or early summer agri-road trip to pick your fill of five varieties of sweet cherries at this expansive orchard, about an hour’s drive north of L.A. Get local raw honey too.

Kennys Strawberry Farm (Temecula). They grow sweet, hearty strawberries “hydrophorically,” which means in containers above the ground, And that means the whole family can have some good, clean fun in these mud-free and stroller-friendly strawberry fields. 

Carlsbad Strawberry Company (Carlsbad). Near the region’s famous flower fields, pick your own big, juicy berries, or stop by a trio of stands to buy these locally grown beauties.

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