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; 650-854-5417; www.webbranchinc.com/farmers_upick_straw.htmhttp://www.webbranchinc.com/farmers_upick_straw.htm. Pick-your own raspberries, boysenberries and blackberries. The season starts in late May/early June. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8am-1pm.

Gizdich Ranch – 55 Peckham Road, Watsonville; 831-722-1056; gizdich-ranch.com. Offers pick-your-own strawberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, raspberries and apples. The season for strawberries starts May 14, olallieberries the second week in June, boysenberries and raspberries end of June/early July and apple picking is in September. Open daily, 9am-5pm.

Swanton Berry Farm – 25 Swanton Road, Highway 1, 2 miles north of Davenport (about 12.5 miles from Santa Cruz); 831-469-8804; www.swantonberryfarm.com. Features a farm stand selling baked goods and organic strawberries, as well as u-pick strawberries. The season starts in April/May. Open daily, 8am-7pm.

Coastways Ranch- –An offshoot of Swanton Berry Farm located further north at 640 Highway 1, Pescadero; 831-469-8804; www.swantonberryfarm.com. This spot also offers u-pick strawberries and the season starts in April/May. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm.

Smith Family Farm – 4430 Sellers Ave, between Delta and Sunset Road, Knightsen; 925-625-3544; 925-625-5966; jkdevera2.wix.com/smithfamilyfarm#!u-picks. Features peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and tomatoes. Open every weekend from 9am-5pm for u-pick in August through September.

Peter Wolfe Ranch-700 Creek Road, Brentwood; 925-634-1308; www.peterwolfe.com.

U-pick cherries, loquats, apricots and peaches. The season opens in late May.  

Chavez U-Pick Cherries -23800 Marsh Creek Road, Brentwood; 925-625-3994; chavezupickcherries.com. This is solely a U-pick cherry orchard. Open May 13.

Mike’s U-Pick – Two Brentwood locations: 611 Payne Ave. and 3230 Concord Ave.; 925-698-7459; mikesupick.com. Offers cherries, peaches and nectarines. Payne Avenue location opens May 10 with U-pick cherries from 8am-4pm. The Concord Avenue location opens in mid to late-May.

Chileno Valley Ranch – 5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma; 707-765-6664 mikeandsallygalebeefranch.com/u-pick-apples/. Offers a variety of u-pick apples on Sundays only from 9am-3pm. The season opens in mid-August and goes through September.


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