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Where To Find: U-Pick It Farms Summer Through Fall

By Kelley Plasterer | June 28, 2017
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Local U-Pick Farms

California might be known for its fresh produce, but there is nothing quite like picking the sweet tastes of summer for yourself at a local U-Pick farm. In summer, this region affords us bountiful supplies of fresh berries, as well as other surprise delights into the fall. Some farmers allow visitors to come and pick fruits and veggies by the pound or pint—and even supply the buckets! Others let you bring your own baskets. Remember to check hours and seasons online before you go, as nature and farmers’ hours are never predictable.


Webb Ranch
2720 Alpine Rd., Portola Valley
U-Picks/seasons: raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries (starts late May/early June)
Hours: Tu, Th, Sa, 8am–1pm

Swanton Berry Farm U-Pick & Farm Stand
25 Swanton Rd., Davenport
U-Picks/seasons: strawberries (starts in April/May)
Hours: daily, 8am–7pm

Coastways Ranch & U-Pick (Swanton Berry Farm)
640 Hwy. 1, Pescadero
U-Picks/seasons: strawberries (starts April/May), olallieberries (June/July)
Hours: F, Sa, Su, 9am–6pm

Live Earth Farm
1275 Green Valley Rd., Watsonville
U-Picks/seasons: strawberries (May), blackberries (early July), tomatoes and peppers (Aug. 26), apples (Oct. 14)
Hours: Sa, Su 10am–3pm, depending on crop availability.
Check website to confirm.

Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Rd., Watsonville
U-Picks/seasons: strawberries (mid-May), olallieberries (mid-June), boysenberries and raspberries (early July), apples (September)
Hours: daily, 9am–5pm

Crystal Bay Farm
40 Zils Rd., Watsonville
U-Picks/seasons: strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, olallieberries and blackberries (starts late May/early June), summer squash (late August–September)
Hours: W, Sa, Su, 10 am–5 pm

Skyline Chestnuts
22322 Skyline Blvd., La Honda
U-Picks/season: chestnuts (early October)
Hours: Check Facebook.

Eva Farm
195 Lantz Dr., Morgan Hill
Season: kiwis (Oct. 1–Dec. 4)
Hours: Sa, Su, 8am–4pm

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