It doesn't get fresher than picking sun kissed fruit right off the vine or tree for that perfect sweet treat childhood memories are made of. Fortunately, the Bay Area is ripe with places where families can pick their own fruit.
Berry picking runs for strawberries (April through June), raspberries (July through September), blackberries (July through August) and blueberries, ollallieberries & raspberries (July through September) and are all so delicious.
Webb Ranch in Portola Valley has blackberries and raspberries. Please remember, the field has a limited amount of ripe berries on any given day. The earlier you show up, the better the selection.
Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville has apple orchards and berry fields, you can enjoy learning about your food and the fruits of your labor (literally!). Come out and harvest some delicious fruit for your next pie or cobbler.
Pick organic strawberry at Coastways Ranch U-Pick in Pescadero. Currently OPEN for U-Pick MONDAY -FRIDAY!
CHERRIES & STONE FRUIT
Nectarines, cherries, mangoes, apricots, peaches and plums all fall under the name “stone fruits.” That's because they contain large hard seeds. Harvesting usually starts in early September - October. But Cherry Season typically opens in early May and extends through mid-June.
Mike's U-Pick orchards in Brentwood are open for only 4-6 weeks a year, starting in May of each year.
Annie's Happy Farm in Brentwood U-pick apricots, blackberries, cherries, nectarines & peaches, apples, apriums, pears, figs, artichokes, all farm fresh vegetable, dried fruit, nuts, local honey, jam, fresh cage free eggs & frozen fruit pies. Home of the goldensweet apricots.
Bacchini’s Fruit Tree in Brentwood offer sweet Cherries. Also, Montmorency (sour) cherries, Apricots, Apriums, Blackberries (Olallie), White Peaches & Nectarines, Pluots, Walnuts, Loquats and Honey.
Bloomfield Cherries U-Pick cherries in Brentwood is open mid-May thru June 9 a.m. to 5p.m., Wed. thru Sunday. Coral, Brooks, Chelans, Sweethearts, Lapins, Royal Tioga.
Papini Family Farms U pick and picked cherries in Brentwood. Sweetherts, corals, bing, and lapins. Open mid May thru June.
Rancho Zaragoza is a family friendly U-Pick Farm in Brentwood. White & Yellow Peaches, Apricots, Pluots, White & Yellow Nectarines, Figs, Asian Pears, Plums, Onions & Honey.
Peak months for picking apples are September and October so plan a trip to one of these awesome orchards where you can enjoy the seasonal bounty and pick your own apples.
Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch is a local, family-run business in Sebastopol. We raise apples and pears and make Apple-A-Day apple juice. Our ranch grows Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, and Rome apples. U-pick is offered September & October.
Enjoy a day of family apple picking at the Chileno Valley Ranch orchard in Petaluma with organically grown varieties such as Orin, Pinova, Candy Crisp, and Jonagold. Open for u-pick on Sundays only, from 9am - 2pm, during August, September and sometimes October.
Gabriel Farm is an organic family farm located in Sebastopol specializes in Apples, Persimmons, Raspberries, Blackberries, Flowers & Pineapple Guavas.
Bring buckets, boxes, or other containers to harvest at Live Earth Farm in Watsonville, or purchase containers from us for a small fee.
Swanton Pacific Ranch is located in Davenport is a 3,200 acre living and learning ranch. The ranch hosts a variety of functions which include "U-pick" certified organic apples.
Spend a day with your family at Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville and pick your favorite fruit of the season right off the tree or vine; then, picnic among the apple trees and the hills.
Come to Clearview Orchards in Watsonville for Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, Mutsu CCOF Certified Organic Apples. Also local honey, certified organic pumpkins & squash, fresh pressed organic apple juice, dried lavender and our famous fresh baked apple turnovers
Nut drop usually occurs from October thru mid-November. Wear thick gloves, as the burs can be sharp enough to penetrate even the sturdiest gloves.
* Always contact these u-pick farms to find out when their bounty will be ready before venturing out.