Berry picking hasn’t been canceled this season! In light of Covid-19, our favorite u-pick berry farms have made some changes to their operations and we’re giving you the info you need before you head for the fields. There’s no sweeter way to celebrate spring than with a bounty of succulent, ripe berries! Take your little sprouts to one of the following nearby farms (be sure to see if they participate in a CSA box while you’re at it) to go strawberry picking or to pick their own blueberries and blackberries, and to learn how food grows and have some fun in the sun! Read on for the details about berry and strawberry picking in San Diego.

Kenny's Strawberry Farm

Looking for fields of juicy red strawberries? Then this is your farm! We are berry pleased to say that Farmer Kenny’s main crop is strawberries. Hunt for the biggest red berries your littles can find.

Covid-19 update: Kenny's is open as of May 15th. Hours will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri.-Sun., weather & supply permitting. They are so excited to open their farm for you to enjoy the fresh open air, warm sunshine, and of course strawberry picking!

Kenny's has made some changes to remain compliant and safe during this time. They will be using paper buckets that you will take home with you. Berries will be sold by the bucket rather than by the pound to ensure they are only touched by you! Their barn will be closed and they will operate fully outside in the open air. Hand washing and sanitizer will be readily available to guests. They are opening two hours earlier to allow plenty of time for everyone to space out their visits. And as a reminder, SD County has mandated the wearing of face coverings in public places (except for young children). This is something their employees will be doing and they suggest it especially when you are in close proximity to others.

Please be sure to respect social distancing while at the farm, remain patient with others, and stay together as a family. They have 7 acres of beautiful strawberry rows, so finding space shouldn’t be a problem  and they encourage you to spread out!

Buckets of berries are $15 each.

953 Rainbow Valley Blvd.
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Tanaka Farms

Head on out to Tanaka Farms to pick some sweet strawberries while socially distancing. New this year: you must register for a time to attend with your family to enjoy berry picking. Please be sure to register the exact number of people in your group who will be attending. The cost is $8/person (kids 2 and younger are free, but do not receive a basket). Each paying guest will get a 1.25 pound basket to fill with fresh off the vine strawberries. Additional baskets cost $6.50.

Notes from the Farm:

Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in. Follow signs to Pick Your Own Strawberry Parking, then walk to Strawberry Picking entrance signs. Follow signs out to the field.  Check in at the tent, then enjoy a walk out to the strawberry fields where you will spend 30 minutes picking. Afterwards follow the exit signs back to the parking lot. Then, if you choose, you may go through the Drive-Thru Produce Market Stand to purchase other Tanaka Farms items. With your admission from strawberry picking you will receive a sticker that is good for $2 off or a free Tanaka Farms reusable bag with a $15 purchase.

Tanaka Farms Strawberry Picking Rules This Season:

  • Please bring your own masks and gloves. Gloves must be worn during picking.

  • Social Distancing rules apply. Please keep 6' away from other guests.  

  • No eating while in the field (Due to CDFA regulations for "You-Pick" operations)

  • If you touch it, please pick it. Please look carefully before you touch the strawberries.

Good to know: They just planted some blackberry plants and are hoping to have blackberry picking available by August.

5380 3/4 University Dr.
Irvine, CA

Carlsbad Strawberry Company

Located in Carlsbad, this third generation, family run U-pick farm is one of the oldest in San Diego County––they've been growing strawberries here for over half a century. Go for the ocean view, cool breezes and bountiful strawberries. If you walk a little further down the row, you may find even juicier red ones.

Covid-19 update: Carlsbad Strawberry Company is now open everyday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. This depends on weather. Due to rain they may be closed so call 760-603-9608 to double check before heading out. Wear shoes you don't mind getting dirty as it can get muddy. Face masks are also now required.

U-Pick season starts now through mid-July.

$22 large bucket - admits 2 people

$10 small bucket - admits 1 person

$5 for entry without bucket

They also have produce boxes and fresh produce with other local vendors at a different location.

1000 Cannon Rd.
Carlsbad, CA

Temecula Berry Company

Like a bolt from the blue, 9-acres of blueberries will be ripe for the picking! This family-owned and operated farm in Temecula is a berry gorgeous destination. Pick a bucket full of blueberries, and you’ve got a memorable afternoon. The blueberry-picking season is short, so the earlier in the season you get there, the better the pickings. Come early or later in the day, as it gets hot in the valley.

Covid-19 update: Temecula Berry Company's Blueberry Farm opens Sat., May 16th. They have put quite a bit of thought into how to keep all farm visitors and staff safe and feeling comfortable while picking blueberries this harvest season.

They've made several changes. 

Prices for the picking containers this season are: Small/$5 Medium/$10 and Large/$20. These containers will be purchased at their info booth before entering the farm. Cash or check, please.

They've created a separate entrance and exit with new signage. The farm may look a little different but they hope to keep everyone feeling safe and having a fun time.

They certainly ask everyone to follow the social distancing guidelines and please respect other's space and remain together as a family.

The downside to this season is the events that they offer will be postponed until next season. They won't have Muffin Monday, Nana's Storytime, the chicken show, field trips/tours, or Movie Nights until next year.

This season they will offer blueberries to go. Freshly picked blueberries will be sold as 2-18 oz. containers for $20. Mario will pick a specific quantity for folks that want to just swing by the farm for some great blueberries. They have a few rows fenced off for him to pick.

They encourage visitors to spread out all over the farm. There are about 4 miles of blueberry plants. Finding somewhere that is 6 feet away from one another shouldn't be too tough.

Good to know: Farm accepts cash or checks only.

39700 Cantrell Rd.
Temecula, CA 92591

Tips to Have a Sweet Berry Picking Experience:

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen and pack sunglasses for sensitive eyes.
  • Wear close-toed, comfortable shoes (you’ll be walking through dirt paths on the farms).
  • Always call the farm before you visit to confirm their hours and whether there are enough berries left for picking.
  • Arrive when the farm opens to get the cream of the crop and to pick the fruit in cooler temps.
  • Only pick strawberries that are fully red and ripe, and pick them by pulling on the stem, not the berry.
  • Take along some baby wipes and hand sanitizer to clean sticky hands and faces.
  • Take your camera for plenty of cute photo ops.
  • Once you’re home, don’t wash the berries until you’re ready to eat them (otherwise they spoil more quickly).

––Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea


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