There’s nothing that screams summer more than a warm-off-the-vine strawberry that has been kissed by the sun. For 2020, local Bay Area u-pick berry and cherry farms have changed up their picking protocols to comply with county requirements so be sure to read the details below, pack your masks and check their website before heading out to do some strawberry picking. The strawberries, blueberries, cherries and more are waiting for you. Some fruit might even end up in a CSA box!
Bacchini’s Fruit Tree—Brentwood
Head 60 miles east from San Francisco to Brentwood where you can find Bacchini’s Fruit Tree, a fruit stand and u-pick farm that has been open since 1945. Cherry picking is currently going on (see below). Blackberry and olallieberry picking is expected to start in late May, or try your hand at picking delicious apricots and loquats.
Hours: Daily as available, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (reservations required, see update below)
2010 Walnut Blvd., Brentwood, CA
COVID-19 Update: As of 5/17, cherries are available for u-pick. Bacchini’s Fruit Tree is currently offering 1.5-hour reservations for u-pick to limit the number of people. Reservations are $5/person and that amount will be redeemed toward your purchase at the farm. Face coverings are required. You will purchase a box when you arrive and your purchase covers the full contents of that box. Large groups, dogs, outside food and bags/buckets are not allowed.
In the meantime: You can also purchase drive-thru, pre-picked fruit on the farm or pre-order fruit for pickup.
Chan's Fruit Stand & U-Pick
U-pick strawberries is fun for kids to pick as the strawberries are low to the ground. Bring your own container or purchase one on-site. Strawberries are $2.50/lb. and they only take cash. They also offer blackberry picking later in the summer.
Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., last entrance is 4:30 p.m.
2600 B Walnut Blvd., Brentwood, CA
COVID-19 Update: The farm is currently open for u-pick but call ahead for availability. They are limiting the number of people in the field to ensure social distancing so it's best to go early in the day. Face masks are required.
G & S Farm—Brentwood
G & S Farms offers great cherry picking experience for families. Bring your own bag and a step stool to reach the higher up cherries. Cherries are $3.50/lbs. They also sell pre-picked string beans and corn later in the summer.
Hours: Daily by appointment (see below)
7450 Balfour Rd.
2020 Update: U-pick is complete for 2020. Come back next year!
Also in Brentwood is Pease Ranch where you can find u-pick berries and cherries. Pease Ranch is exclusively u-pick (no farm stand) and offers blackberries, loganberries, boysenberries and olallieberries. You may even see some chickens or a tortoise roaming the grounds. Bring cash as they don't accept credit cards.
Hours: Wed.-Sun. opens at 8 a.m. until fruit runs out. Call before heading over to check availability (925)634-4646
25175 Marsh Creek Rd., Brentwood, CA
2020 Update: Pease Ranch is closed for the 2020 season. Come back next year!
Blue House Farm—San Gregorio
Located between Half Moon Bay and Pescadero is this lovely u-pick farm that offers a farmstand and strawberry picking on the honor system (see below for current update). Come back in the fall to snag your pumpkins!
950 La Honda Rd., San Gregorio, CA
COVID-19 Update: Open Saturdays and Sundays for u-pick.
Coastways Ranch can be found on scenic Highway 1 in Pescadero. They offer u-pick strawberries at a beautiful coastal location (which can get windy so make sure you bring a jacket). If you are driving south from Half Moon Bay, the entrance is on the left just past Año Nuevo State Park.
Hours: Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (see update below)
640 Highway 1, Pescadero, CA
COVID-19 Update: As of 5/17 Coastways Ranch is not open for u-pick. Check the website for updates.
In the meantime: Visit their Davenport farmstand for pre-picked strawberries.
Swanton Berry Farm—Davenport
Keep heading south from Coastways Ranch and you will hit Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport. Swanton Berry Farm has a great farm stand where you can buy pies, chocolate-covered strawberries and other treats. Strawberries are available to pick in May (see update below) and later on in the summer you can also pick olallieberries, blackberries and tayberries. Payment is by cash or check only.
Hours: daily, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
25 Swanton Rd., Davenport, CA
COVID-19 Update: Swanton Berry Farm is currently closed for u-pick. Check their website for updates.
In the meantime: Their farmstand is open and selling farm-made bakery treats (strawberry shortcake, berry cobblers, pies, scones, chocolate-dipped berries, truffles and more), vegan soups, fresh strawberries and artichokes. Masks are required.
Webb Ranch—Portola Valley
Located in Portola Valley, Webb Ranch will be opening June 5 for raspberry and blackberry picking by appointment only. There is a $4/person entrance fee (unless you are four and under or 65+ in which case you get in free), and fruit is $5.50/lb. to take home. Bonus: all berries are CCOF organic!
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.–1 p.m. (see update below)
2720 Alpine Rd., Portola Valley, CA
COVID-19 Update: Open for berry picking by appointment only. Check website for updates.
Berry Island Farm—Gilroy
This small organic u-pick farm offers blackberries, strawberries and ollalieberries for picking, along with veggies depending on the season. They also sell honey and homemade salsa. They are usually open on Saturdays and Sundays but follow their Facebook page as they often close on Sundays after a busy Saturday. You must wear closed-toe shoes to enter the u-pick.
10385 Watsonville Rd.
COVID-19 Update: Currently open for the 2020 season.
Borello Family Farms U-Pick Cherries—Morgan Hill
This spot right off 101 in Morgan Hill is open for cherry picking until they run out. The have Rainier, Coral Champagne and Bing cherries for picking at $5/lb. for u-pick cherries and $6/lb. for pre-picked.
Hours: Daily until they sell out, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Morgan Hill and Gilroy, CA
COVID-19 Update: Currently open for cherry picking, check their website for latest info. Wear your masks and they'll supply the bags.
Lazy K Ranch Cherry U-Pick—Gilroy
This Gilroy spot has organic cherries fresh for picking. BYO container and check their website for opening day information. They offer three varieties of dark red cherries for picking—Bings, Brooks and Vans. $5/pound.
3465 Susie Lane, Gilroy, California
COVID-19 Update: Closed for the 2020 season.
Live Earth Farm—Watsonville
This Watsonville farm offers u-pick opportunities when its fields have an abundance of product (they mostly grow to supply their CSA and farmer's market customers). May brings strawberry picking and in June, blackberries.
COVID-19 Update: Live Earth Farm is currently closed to u-pick. Check their Facebook page for updates.
In the meantime: You can find them at Saturday farmer's markets in West Side Santa Cruz and Morgan Hill; and Sunday farmer's markets in Los Gatos and Mountain View.
Drive south to Watsonville where the berries are a-plenty! Gizdich Ranch has ample parking right by the berries—perfect for the littles who don’t want to walk too far to the fruit. Check the website for the opening days for olallieberries, raspberries and blackberries. Arrive early in the morning for the biggest selection and bring your own containers for picking. Before you head home, check out the bake shop where they offer a dozen pie options (go a la mode, of course), berry popsicles and even sandwiches for those looking to lunch at the indoor or outdoor picnic tables. Don't forget to come back in the fall for apple picking!
Hours: daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (see update below)
55 Peckham Rd., Watsonville, CA
COVID-19 Update: Check here for current status.
In the meantime: The bakery at Gizdich is open for to-go orders and if that isn't the good news we need, we don't know what is! Call (831) 722-1056 to place your order (we recommend the Very Berry and the Dutch Apple pies.
Crystal Bay Farm—Watsonville
This organic farm is located just around the corner from scenic Sunset State Beach. Head to Crystal Bay Farm for sweet strawberries ($5/lb.) in the spring and raspberries in June or July ($7/lb.). There is a $2/person entrance fee.
Hours: Wednesdays and weekends, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (see update below)
40 Zils Rd., Watsonville, CA
COVID-19 Update: As of publication, Crystal Bay Farm has instituted a soft opening of its u-pick season for Santa Cruz County residents only. Visitors from other counties should wait until the SIP orders have been lifted before visiting. The number of visitors will be limited to ensure safe distancing precautions are in place. Check here for further updates.
In the meantime: Crystal Bay Farm has a CSA you can join that begins in June. Get your spot reserved today! They also sell pre-picked strawberries at the farm.
JSM Organics—Royal Oaks
JSM Organics is a certified organic farm located in the beautiful rolling hills of Royal Oaks/Aromas, California in Monterey County. The JSM team is dedicated to producing the highest quality strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, vegetables and cut flowers—all in which are organics. This spot will have a one-day strawberry picking event on July 18. Get your reservation in!
Strawberry U-pick: Sat., July 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Duckworth Family Farm—Sebastopol
Blueberry picking is in season in June at this Sebastopol family farm. Certified organic blueberries are sweet, juicy and low to the ground so perfect for little pickers. Blueberries picking early in the day last longer so come first thing in the morning. The farm also has chickens, sheep, cows and horses. You can often snag some fresh blueberry ice cream after a day of picking!
Hours: Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
2950 Canfield Rd., Sebastopol, CA
COVID-19 Update: Blueberry picking opens June 13.
Rudy's Original Boysen Berry Farm—Orland
This farm north of Sacramento offers u-pick boysenberries and they are perfect for picking. Open now, you can make an appointment to pick (highly recommended for weekends) and bring the whole family. Boysenberries are a super sweet combination of blackberries and raspberries that the kids will love. The picking season runs through mid-June and hours are typically 7 a.m.-7 p.m. though they do close some days at noon when the temps are high.
6282 Co Rd 23, Orland, CA
COVID-19 Update: The farm is open for picking.
If blueberries are your weakness then you will have to drive a little farther to get your u-pick on. Jessop Farms is located in the Central Valley just past Manteca and they offer blueberry u-pick from mid-May through early July (as supplies last) as well as strawberries. K
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
21386 S. Murphy Rd., Ripon, CA
COVID-19 Update: Jessop Farm is currently open for u-pick blueberries.
Editor’s note: The availability of berries can vary from week to week. Check the website or call before you head out to ensure there is enough pick-able produce. Try to arrive first thing in the morning when the temps are low and the berries are most plentiful.