Strawberry-picking season has officially begun in Los Angeles (the season runs from Mar. through Jun.) so it’s time to don your sun hat and make delicious plans for all the juicy fruit you and the kids will be hauling home. Read below to find the best places to pick strawberries near LA, or if you aren’t into doing the picking yourself and just want to pick-up the freshest berries, we’ve got you covered too.
Underwood Family Farms
Underwood Family Farms is the place to go if you are looking for more than strawberry-picking fun. Wagon rides, an animal center, a retail shop filled with goodies like honey and fresh cut flowers, seasonal events, plus the ability to pick some seasonal vegetables along with the sweet stuff makes this destination a fun, full-day outing for most families. Pull wagons (first come, first served) are available to transport your haul from the fields.
Pro Tip: Check their Instagram page for strawberry picking updates (the fields were recently closed due to cooler temperatures and to allow more fruit to ripen).
Hours: Open daily from 9a.m. - 6p.m. The farm may limit admissions at any time to maintain safe social distancing between patrons.
Cost: Weekdays, $6 per person; Weekends, $8; Special pricing on certain weekends. Kids under 2 are free.
Moorpark & Somis Locations
Since 1940, Tanaka Farms has been a real working farm and has produced some of the sweetest strawberries in SoCal. This year, they are offering strawberry picking as part of their u-pick wagon rides that includes: a ride around the farm, the chance to pick strawberries plus one veggie or, if strawberries aren't available at the time of your arrival, they'll substitute another vegetable or two depending on crop availability, plus a walk through their education exhibition. If your heart is set on strawberries, know that you can always pick up some pre-harvested strawberries (along with other yummy treats like jams and nuts) from the drive-thru produce market stand that is open daily.
Pro Tip: Reservations are required—no walk-ups or on-site registration. Check their Instagram page for the latest updates on crop availability.
Hours: Wagon rides are available 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; The Drive-Thru Produce Market Stand is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person; kids under 2 are free.
Kenny's Strawberry Farm
For the past 10 years, Kenny's has been delivering glorious strawberries to SoCal. Open by reservation this year, don't forget to save time and space in your belly for a visit to Kenny's Farm Kitchen for ice cream bars made by DOH Creamery.
Pro Tip: Check their Instagram page for the latest updates.
Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: $16 for a large bucket; $7 for a small bucket
953 Rainbow Valley Blvd.
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 now open now and offer a fun and safe way to get out of the house with your family for the day. In addition to picking your own, they also have a sunflower maze and an open air produce market.
Pro Tip: While no advanced reservations are required, availability is not guaranteed. Check their Instagram page for the latest updates.
Hours: Fields are open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at 1050 Cannon Rd. only. Their strawberry stands are also open from 9a.m.–4 p.m., every day.
Cost: $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. Kids under 5 are free.
Terry Berries: Everyone can agree that just-off-the-vine strawberries taste the best but if you can't pick them yourself, swing by these locations for harvested-for-you berries. Terry's Berries, an offshoot of Terry's Farm, is located in Ventura, CA has been doling out strawberries since 2003. To stay up-to-date with availability, join their newsletter and follow their Instagram page.
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (or until sold out); closed Wed. & Sun.
Thacker Berry Farms: Serving California for over 25 years, this 5-star reviewed strawberry stand has some passionate fans, claiming the juiciest strawberries around. With 10 locations in and around Los Angeles County and North Orange County, you are sure to be close to one of their stands for a quick pick-up.
Hours: 10 a.m–5:00 p.m.; closed Sun.
feature image courtesy of Minh B. via Yelp
–Jennifer O’Brien & Andie Huber