Summer is almost here and berry picking screams summer like none other! Pack up the car, a picnic and take a short road trip to let the kids roam wild in the fields—strawberries, blueberries, cherries and more are waiting for you.Less
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.
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.
Get your cherries from this lovely spot that has free admission, buckets available and low trees for picking.
Also in Brentwood is Pease Ranch where you can find berry picking and cherries as well. 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. Cash only.
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). Don't forget to come back in the fall to snag your pumpkins!
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.
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 and later on in the summer you can also pick olallieberries, blackberries and tayberries. Payment is by cash or check only.
Located in Portola Valley, Webb Ranch will be opening in June 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 $6/lb. to take home. Bonus: all berries are CCOF organic!
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, cash only.
This spot right off 101 in Morgan Hill is open for cherry picking until they run out. They have Rainier, Coral Champagne and Bing cherries for picking at $6.25/lb. for u-pick cherries and $7.25/lb. for pre-picked.