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Where to Go Berry Picking in the Bay Area

Want fresh juicy berries? It doesn’t get any fresher than straight from the vine.
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Want fresh, juicy berries? It doesn’t get any fresher than straight from the vine. Escape the city and spend the day in the country. There are lots of local farms near San Francisco where you can pick your own berries. Plus, a lot of the farms grow veggies too, so you can pick up your produce for the week.

As of 7/17/20, we’ve confirmed that these farms are open and have produce available for you to pick. 

Gizdich Ranch

Watsonville | Bring the family to one of the most popular U-pick farms in the Bay Area where you can pick your favorite fruit of the season right off the tree or vine and then picnic among the apple trees and the hills. Gizdich Ranch’s “Pik-Yor-Self” program allows you to harvest your own strawberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, and apples. Check their website to find out what’s currently available for U-pick (or call in advance at (831) 722-1056). Don’t miss their pie shop and deli which has seasonal favorites including their famous homemade pies.

  • Strawberries are available as of 7/21, but pickings are light
  • Open Weekends only | 9am – 5pm
  • Free entry; pay for what you pick
  • Due to covid-19, U-pick operations have changed. You will be required to wear a face covering. We are practicing Social Distancing, therefore we will only allow a certain number of guests into the U-Pick area. Please be prepared for a longer wait than usual and you may be asked to wait in your car. 

 

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Crystal Bay Farm

Watsonville | This quaint organic family farm is located between two state beaches, overlooking the Monterey Bay. In addition to a self-serve produce stand, they offer U-pick veggies, flowers and berries including strawberries, raspberries, lettuce, radish, chard, kale, tomatoes, beans, beets, carrots, garlic, herbs, tomatillos, broccoli, and summer squash. Plus, you are welcome to wander the farm and visit the adorable farm animals.

  • Berries & Veggies are available as of 7/22
  • Open Wednesdays & Weekends ​| 10am – 2pm; ​May-October 2020
  • $2-5 entrance fee; $5 per pound for your pickings
  • Due to covid-19, masks are required. We will be limiting the number of people allowed on the farm and the allowed time spent on the farm. We will not be hosting a picnic area during this time, however you are welcome to wander the farm visit the farm animals.

 

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Berry Island Farms

Gilroy | Berry Island is a small organic family farm that grows strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. In addition to U-pick berries, they also have U-pick organic vegetables, plus you can take home local honey from their bees or homemade salsa.

  • Strawberries, Blackberries, & Raspberries are available as of 7/22
  • Open Saturday, 7/18 from 9am – 1 pm. Opening days vary. Check their Facebook for the most up-to-date info. 
  • $2-5 entrance fee; $5 per pound for your pickings
  • As per updated county regulations, face covering will be required in order to enter the farm. Please wear sturdy closed toe shoes; we will not allow access if on slippers or open toe shoes. Cash only

 

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Blue House Farm

San Gregorio | Located on 60 acres at the end of a small agricultural valley in Pescadero, this organic farm specializes in strawberries, tomatoes, leafy greens and peppers. They also grow 3 acres of organic flowers including a dozen varieties of stunning dahlias, sunflowers, and delphinium.

  • Strawberries are available as of 7/17
  • Weekends, April – October | 12pm – 6pm
  • Free entry; strawberries are $5/lb
  • Wash hands thoroughly before entering the u-pick area. Masks and social distancing are required throughout your time on the farm. In order to maintain space we are instructing one group per row. Please continue down your row in the direction of the arrows posted. If you would like to continue picking by the time you reach the end of your row, please follow the arrows and loop back around. Please note, we have a limited amount of parking. It is most limited between 11am-1pm on Saturday. If the parking looks full, please return at another time.

 

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Webb Ranch

Portola Valley | In the heart of Silicon Valley lies a beautiful oasis for horses and fresh produce. Webb Ranch was established in 1922 by the Webb Family on 230+ acres located near Stanford University. Webb Ranch Farm grows a wide variety of organic berries including blackberry, olallieberry, raspberry, golden raspberry, loganberry, boysenberry, and marionberry. New for 2020, they planted cherry tomatoes inside the U-Pick field. Call their Produce Hotline for U-Pick info and availability, (650) 854-5417. 

  • Berries are available as of 7/21
  • Tues. – Sat. (By Appointment Only) | 8am – 1pm – UPDATE: Final Day: Saturday, July 25 
  • $4 for entry (0-4 and 65+ are free); $5.50 per pound of berries
  • Open by reservation only. Each appointment is for 50 minutes of berry picking, allowing for 10 minutes of separation between end times and the start of the next appointment. Masks are required for adults. Please follow Social Distancing protocols. There’s no eating on site. Hand sanitizer and washing is available. Baskets are provided for picking.

 

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JSM Organics

Royal Oaks | JSM Organics is located on 40 acres in the beautiful rolling hills of Royal Oaks in Monterey County. The organic farm specializes in strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, summer squash, peppers and over 300 varieties of spectacular cut flowers. The farm is not usually a U-Pick farm, but they are opening their fields for U-pick strawberries on July 18 by appointment only. Additional dates may be scheduled.

  • Strawberries are available as of 7/17
  • Saturday, July 18 |10am – 3 pm (by reservation only) Check their Facebook for additional dates as they are added. 
  • Free entry; pay by box (boxes are provided)
  • Remember: You must bring a face covering and keep a distance of minimum ten feet from others, otherwise no entrance is granted. Reservation is required.

     

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