Pick Your Own Fruit
Spring is the perfect time to head to the farm and fill up a bucket with luscious strawberries or peaches. What better way to stock your pantry, make jams or assemble a tasty cobbler or pie? Here are some of the best family-friendly Bay Area places to check out:
Webb Ranch – 2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley; 650-854-3134. Pick-your own raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries. The season starts in June.
Gizdich Ranch – 55 Peckham Road, Watsonville; 831-722-1056. Offers pick-your-own, strawberries, boysenberries and raspberries.
Ambling Ambystoma Farm –500 Peaceful Valley Drive, Watsonville; 831-345-8866. The farm is tucked away on a private road and features thornless blackberries.
Swanton Berry Farm – Highway. 1, 2 miles north of Davenport (about 12.5 miles from Santa Cruz); 831-469-8804. Features a farm stand selling baked goods and organic strawberries, as well as u-pick strawberries.
Coastways Ranch- –An offshoot of Swanton Berry Farm located further north at 640 Highway 1, Pescadero; 831-469-8804. This spot offers u-pick kiwis, organic olallieberries and blackberries.
Smith Family Farm – 4430 Sellers Ave, between Delta and Sunset Road, Knightsen; 925-625-3544; 925-625-5966. Available for school trips April, May, June and October. Features peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and tomatoes.
Peter Wolfe Ranch-700 Creek Road, Brentwood; 925-634-1308. U-pick cherries, apricots, peaches, plums.