With safety guidelines measures in place, these nearby farms are open just in time for strawberry picking (and more fresh fruits and veggies), while enjoying some much-needed time outside. Added bonus: It’s a great way to support your local farmers and community (Hello, CSA box!). Read on to find out where to pick your own produce, plus everything you need to know before you go.

Underwood Family Farms

It’s likely your family is already familiar with Underwood Family Farms for their super popular holiday events and school field trips (remember those?) But from May until the end of summer, you can also safely take advantage of some strawberry-picking fun (plus lots more produce) with a few precautions. Fruits and veggies must not be touched or picked unless you plan to purchase it. Pull wagons are available to transport your haul and will be properly sanitized after each use. Also, brand new single-use bags and containers will be provided for customers. The farm’s beloved animal center is currently closed until further notice. Visitors must also wear masks when checking in and out of the farm and farm market. Hand-washing stations, sanitizer and portable restrooms are provided throughout farm.

Hours: Open daily from 9a.m. - 6p.m. The farm may limit admissions at any time to maintain safe social distancing between patrons.

Cost: Farm admission is $5 per person. 

Moorpark & Somis Locations
Online: underwoodfamilyfarms.com

 

Tanaka Farms

Since 1940, Tanaka Farms has produced some of the sweetest strawberries in SoCal, and with a little planning ahead, visitors can enjoy the strawberry fields this season too. To help ensure plenty of room for social distancing, all patrons must pre-register for a date and time online before visiting the fields. No walk-ups or on-site registration is allowed. Each person will receive a 1.25 lb. basket to fill with berries right off the vine and additional baskets are available for an extra charge. Please make sure to arrive 10 minutes early to check in and bring a face mask and gloves to wear during your visit. After check-in, make your way to the strawberry fields where you get 30 minutes to pick to your heart's content. If you’re interested in purchasing additional goodies like veggies, roasted corn, jams and nuts – make sure to swing by Tanaka Farm's fabulous Drive-Thru Produce Stand before you head home for the day.

Hours: Strawberry picking is available 9:30a.m. – 3:45p.m., through May, but make sure to double check the website for available dates and times. The Drive-Thru Produce Market Stand is open daily from 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Cost: Strawberry picking costs $8 per person (for anyone over 2 years of age).

Online: tanakafarms.com

 

Carlsbad Strawberry Company

If you're up for a drive, Carlsbad has the perfect climate for growing some of the juiciest strawberries around. The Carlsbad Strawberry Company's U-Pick fields are open now and offer a fun and safe way to get out of the house with your family for the day. While no advanced reservations are required. Guests are asked to wear face masks when visiting the field.

Hours: U-Pick fields are open daily from 8:30a.m. - 6p.m. at Cannon Rd. only. Their strawberry stands are also open from 9a.m.- 5p.m., every day.

Cost: $22 admits 2 people and you get 1 large bucket, $10 admits 1 person and you get 1 small bucket. If you simply want to take pictures or wander the fields without picking, tickets are $5. Children under 5 are free.

Online: carlsbadstrawberrycompany.com

–Jennifer O’Brien

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