Where in Marin and Sonoma Counties in California to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!

This month's notes: December 2014: Harvested local apples are still available at farmers and farmer's markets! And of course, you can cut your own Christmas tree, get one already cut or get a libing one to plant after Christmas - see this page.  Make your own homemade ice cream including low fat, low sugar and other flavors))  Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions!

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Marin and Sonoma Counties in California U-Pick Farms and Orchards, sorted by county

Remember: ALWAYS call (or follow the link to the farm's own website, if the name is a blue link) to confirm the information before you go! They may close, run out or change events, times, etc. without notifying me!

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Marin County

  • Chileno Valley Ranch - Uses natural growing practices, apples, pears, tomatoes, Fresh eggs, farm animals, weddings and wedding parties
    5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952. Phone: 707-765-6664. Alternate Phone: n a . Fax: n a . Email: mgale@chilenobeef.com. Open: U Pick during the months of September and October, Sundays only, from 10 am to 4 pm. Directions: To reach Chileno Valley Ranch from the Bay Area, drive north on Highway 101 to Petaluma. Take South Petaluma Boulevard and drive north on Petaluma Boulevard to Western Avenue. Go left on Western Avenue and go 1.8 miles to Chileno Valley Road. Turn left onto Chileno Valley Road and go 3.9 miles to your next right, which is also called Chileno Valley Road. Go right on Chileno Valley Road for 5.1 miles. The house is a grey Victorian on your left with a row of tall Cypress trees behind it. Click here for a map and directions. We are open for U Pick each Sunday from 10 am to 4 P Monday during the months of September and October; We also have frozen grass fed beef for sale; Guests May visit the chickens, pet the sheep, admire the creek restoration, feed the pigs and pet the cows; Education provided by volunteers. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, only. Chileno Valley ranch is primarily a grass fed beef ranch. We sell quarters, halves and whole beeves to families who want safe and wholesome beef, raised humanely on land that is managed sustainably. More information is available at  our website. We have an organic apple orchard, with varieties such as Orin, Pinova, Molly's Delicious and Jonathan's Pride. All the apples varieties are blind taste test winners, and can be purchased from the ranch or from local markets, such as Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station, the Organic Farmstand at Marin Art and Garden, or the La Franchi Farmstand in Nicasio. (UPDATED: September 29, 2010)
    Comments from a visitor on October 18, 2009: "We visited (thanks to your site) Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma last week for apple picking - the closest apple picking to the Bay Area - a BEAUTIFUL place with SUPER kind folks who walked us around the farm, kids fed the chickens and sheep, cow and pig - they also sell incredible fresh eggs - it was a lovely day, these people are wonderful."

Sonoma County

  • Adobe Pumpkin Farm - pumpkins, tomatoes, vegetables, fresh-cut flowers
    2478 East Washington Street, Petaluma, CA 95954. Phone: 707-763-6416.
  • Bloomfield Farms - beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, school tours
    12550 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma, CA 94952. Phone: 707-876-3261. Alternate Phone: 707-332-9209. Email: upick@bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com. Open: 9pm to 2pm on Sundays during the months of July, August and September. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 1.0 miles west of Bloomfield on Valley Ford Road. If coming East from Valley Ford the farm is 3.1 miles West. See our website for more specific directions. Thanks!. Click here for a map and directions. Each week we typically have 28 to 30 crops available for harvesting and u-picking; Tomatoes begin in late August for us. Payment: Cash, only. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: July 31, 2012)
  • Full House Farm - Bed and Breakfast with apples and pears u-pick operation
    1000 Sexton Road, Sebastopol, CA, 95472. Phone: 707-829-1561 or 888-596-6006 or 707-824-0802. Email: lyricfhf@aol.com. Open: 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday / all year. The U-pick is only for guests staying at the B&B. Reservations required. Farm stay, farm/ranch vacation. Directions: From Hwy 101 in Santa Rosa, take Hwy 12 west through Sebastopol. Continue 3 more miles to Sexton Rd on your left. Travel 1 mile to 1000 Sexton and the sign reading Full House Farm.
  • Gabriel Farm - Apples, and prepicked produce, gift shop, restrooms, picnic area
    3175 Sullivan Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone: (707) 829-0617. Fax: (707) 829-9238. Email: torrey@gabrielfarm.com. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in September, October. Open: By Appointment - please call or email... We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: May 25, 2014, from their website)
  • Hale's Apple Farm - apples (limited U-pick), pumpkins
    1526 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone number: 707-823-4613. Open: daily, 9:00am to 5:00pm from late September to October; CALL before coming to confirm the availability of u-pick; when they are very busy they cannot accommodate PYO as they won't have staff to show you out to the apples. Hales Apple Farm has a 40 acre orchard with over 30 different varieties of apples that you can pick. Directions: located right on Gravenstein Hwy in Sebastopol as you head out towards Forestville.  They also have tomatoes, squash, gourds and apple cider made from the apples on the farm. (UPDATED: May 25, 2014, from their website) (ADDED: September 27, 2009) 
  • Love Farms Organic Produce - Certified Organic, beans, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, grapes, herbs/spices, melons, onions, peas, raspberries (Spring, red), summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, farm animals, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    15069 Grove Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Phone: 707-433-1230. Alternate Phone: 707 433-6274. Email: rlove@lovefarms.com. Open: April to November 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. (UPDATED: May 25, 2014, from their website) (ADDED: April 07, 2009)
  • New Carpati Farm - PYO mushrooms
    421 Watertrough Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. Phone number: 707-829-2978. Email: newcarpati@yahoo.com. Open: from February to November, by appointment. Organically grown shiitake mushrooms. (ADDED: September 27, 2009)
  • Olympia Vineyards - Minimizes chemical and pesticide use, apples, figs, grapes, lemons, persimmons,
    314 Reisling Ln, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Phone: 707 473-0581. Email: pgacuna@gmail.com. Open: Call before you go - I've received no update since 2012 - Sunday to Thursday - September 16 to 20 and Monday to Wednesday Sept 24 to 26 to by appointment only - call or email us. Directions: email us for directions and latest information. Click here for a map and directions. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, only. Cabernet and merlot grapes, some apples are ready this week - some muscat grapes still available- please call first- limited quantities except for Merlot and Cabernet wine grapes.  (ADDED: September 14, 2012)
  • Sonoma Broadway Farms - Uses natural growing practices, carrots, cucumbers, flowers, herbs/spices, lavender, melons, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties
    20675 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476. Phone: 415-497-0137. Email: janderson814@gmail.com. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm from July 1st to October 31st. Directions: 20675 Broadway/Hwy 12 on the way into Sonoma, between the streets Watmaugh and Leveroni. Located one-mile from Sonoma Square. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page.(UPDATED: May 25, 2014, from their website)  (ADDED: August 05, 2013)

Farmer's Markets, Farm Stands and Roadside Stands, Etc.
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)

Sonoma County

  • Senk Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Preserves, jams, jellies, Crafts, artistic products, etc, Honey from hives on the farm
    1369 Keiser Avenue, Santa Rosa , CA 95404. Phone: 707-585-8811. Email: cindy@senkfarms.com. Open: Farm Market: Open daily, dawn to dusk. Directions: Located between Petaluma Hill Road and Snyder Lane, half mile north of Rohnert Park Expressway. Just outside Rohnert Park city limits. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check. (UPDATED: June 08, 2012)
  • Sonoma Broadway Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is sustainably grown, Indoor market, Fresh local eggs, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties
    20675 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476. Phone: 415-497-0137. Email: janderson814@gmail.com. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm from July 1st to October 31st. Directions: 20675 Broadway/Hwy 12 on the way into Sonoma, between the streets Watmaugh and Leveroni. Located one-mile from Sonoma Square. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: August 05, 2013)
  • Tierra Vegetable- Wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, restrooms, picnic area
    Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Phone: 888-784-3772. Email: evie@tierravegetables.com. Open: See their website for for hours and availability. Directions: See their website for directions. Payment: Cash, Check . (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 25, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on September 25, 2012: "Lee and Evie were featured on Emeril Legasse's program Emeril Green (I think that is what it's called) The program was about the peppers they grow. I love this place. They also have a CSA program."

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  • Country Christmas Trees - Milk, Eggs (organic, free range, vegetarian fed), Fresh eggs, Snack bar, Restrooms, children welcome, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, face painting, farm animals, snacks, refreshments and/or concessions, school tours
    1315 Tomales Road, Petaluma, CA 94952. Phone: 707-763-0334. Email: jessica@countrychristmastrees.com. Open: Friday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm, November 28 to December 21. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. We are a working organic dairy and organic pasture poultry farm that have diversified into a Christmas tree lot. Santa Claus visit & photos, snow play, Christmas crafts for kids to do, face painting, Hay Stack, Petting & feeding farm animals, netting & twine provided. Snack bar available and we also sell Clover milk, eggnog & RedHill Farm eggs. (ADDED: October 30, 2014)

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Sonoma County

  • Sonoma Broadway Farms - Uses natural growing practices, Lighting, Birthday parties, Business meetings, Business outings, Corporate events, PR or Marketing events, Filming or photo shoots, Classes, lectures or Speakers, School and educational groups, Other Private Parties, You may bring your own food, Tables and chairs are Provided , Some Linens and table silverware are provided, BYO alcohol, Wine, Champagne, & Beer Only, Vegetables, or bush fruit, Pumpkin patch, goats, chickens, Internet (Wireless), Free Onsite Lot parking lot, parking on the street, Valet parking can be arranged, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties
    20675 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476. Phone: 415-497-0137. Email: janderson814@gmail.com. Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm from July 1st to October 31st. Directions: 20675 Broadway/Hwy 12 on the way into Sonoma, between the streets Watmaugh and Leveroni. Located one-mile from Sonoma Square. Click here for a map and directions. We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. (ADDED: August 05, 2013)

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