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Great U-Pick Farms in California

Great U-Pick Farms in California

Enjoy the best of California’s berries, apples, mandarin oranges, and more at these local farms

Strawberries, apples, pluots, and oranges abound at California farms—especially for anyone willing to pick their own. Many family farms around the Golden State offer u-pick opportunities where you can pluck your own berries off the vine and then browse the jams, baked goods, or ciders in the farm store. It’s all-ages family fun—and it also gives you a firsthand look at California’s incredible farming community, which produces more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts.

Before You Go

The process varies from farm to farm: Sometimes the operators will hand you a pre-paid bucket that you can fill, or you use a bag or basket and then pay by the weight. Some farms also offer hay mazes, wagon rides, or jam-making workshops to round out the day.

Keep in mind that many u-pick farms grow a variety of crops—and some years, harvest time for a specific crop may come a little early, late, or sometimes not at all. Check the farm’s website—or their social media pages—to get the latest on what will be ripe when you visit. Also, check whether you need to reserve your spot ahead of time so that you’ll have plenty of room (and fruit) to yourself.

Wear a hat and comfy shoes, then plan your own harvest outing at one of these farms, listed by season.

Tanaka Farms, Irvine

Peak months: February–June
Combine berry and veggie picking and a wagon ride in Irvine, where this farm’s u-pick arrangement includes a ride around the farm, with stops to pick a seasonal veggie—including zucchini, kale, or onions—as well as a bucket of strawberries. The Orange County farm also typically offers later-summer melon tours and a fall pumpkin patch.

Carlsbad Strawberry Company, Carlsbad

Peak months: February–July
Pick your own strawberries, then walk the sunflower maze at this Carlsbad farm that’s just a few blocks from LEGOLAND California. The San Diego County farm is also close to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, which blooms with ranunculus flowers from March until May.

Kenny’s Strawberry Farm, Fallbrook

Peak months: March–July
They grow sweet, hearty strawberries in these family-friendly fields in east San Diego County. Autumn brings pumpkin-patch fun, including tractor rides and a petting zoo.

Temecula Berry Company, Temecula

Peak months: May–June
The Inland Empire town may be mostly known for its winemaking grapes, but this family farm is all about the blueberries. Buy a small, medium, or large container, then fill it to your heart’s content, with only one rule: no eating in the field.

Villa del Sol, Leona Valley

Peak months: May–July
Pick from five varieties of sweet cherries—Bing, Rainier, Early Burlat, Brooks, and Tulare—at this orchard located about an hour north of Los Angeles off State Route 14. While you’re there, pick up a jar of the farm’s raw honey.

Riverdance Farms, Livingston

Peak months: May–July
Come during the summer to this Central Valley farm—located about 25 miles south of Modesto—for blueberries, blackberries, and elderberries; check its Facebook page for specific dates. The farm also holds regular events, such as the U-Pick and Gather Weekend around Memorial Day, which features camping and live music.

Mountain Brook Ranch, Clovis

Peak months: May–September
Check the website for this Clovis farm to see what’s ready for picking: Look for cherries in early summer followed by boysenberries and apricots in late summer. Come in early fall for strawberries and pomegranates.

Swanton Berry Farm, Davenport

Peak months: May–September
Harvest your own organic strawberries at this farm in Santa Cruz County. Depending on the season, you might also pick olallieberries or some of the farm’s other unique fruits, including tayberries and loganberries. Or cut to the chase and enjoy its house-made jams and shortcakes. Nearby in Watsonville, Gizdich Ranch offers summer strawberries, olallieberries, and boysenberries as well as apples in September. Live Earth Farm’s u-pick calendar offers a wide variety of options including pumpkins and poblano peppers.

Sunshine’s Farm Stand, Fresno

Peak months: May–October
This family farm in Fresno specializes in Asian vegetables, available at their farm stand, but you can also pick strawberries from May to July. Or pick your own pumpkin in September and October.

Earthseed Farm, Sebastopol

Peak months: May–November
Sonoma County is rich with u-pick options, but you can’t go wrong picking the sweet and rare Gravenstein apple, which grows almost exclusively in this area and is most available in August. This solar-powered farm—which also embraces Afro Indigenous farming practices to help protect the local ecosystem—offers plenty of other produce throughout summer and autumn, including ​plums and pluots in July; various apples throughout fall; and persimmons and pineapple guava in November.

Edenberry Farm, Lakeport

Peak months: June–August
Deepen your berry expertise at this Lake County farm that grows three different types of raspberries and two types of blackberries—both happily thornless.

Julian Farm & Orchard, Julian

Peak months: June–October
The San Diego County town of Julian is famous for its apple pie but if you want to start with the basics,