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

This month's notes: August 2014: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries tomatoes, corn and most vegetables are being picked in most places; strawberries are finishing or done; Peaches are in and early apples will start in late July. Find a local blueberry festival and blueberry picking tips here. See how easy it is to make strawberry jam or strawberry-rhubarb jam! Make your own homemade strawberry 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!

Organic farms are identified in green!  See our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals!. Please tell the farms you found them here - and ask them to update their information!!

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Northwestern 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!

Does anyone know where there are pick-your-own grape vineyards in California?  There MUST be plenty, but I've only found a couple!

Del Norte County

Humboldt County

  • Freshwater Farms, Inc.- hosts workshops for all ages on topics such as gardening for wildlife and native medicinal/edible plants and plant sale
    5851 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka, CA. Phone: 444-8261. Not really a pick your own, but interesting tours.
    Native plant nursery. School Tours - Students learn local ecology, wetland restoration, and native plant horticulture with hands-on activities. Open houses in May and November have special activities for kids, including wildlife drawing, native plant treasure hunt, nature printing and more.
  • Lost Coast Blueberries - Blueberries U-pick
    PO Box 137, Honeydew, CA, 95545. Phone: 707-629-3563. Open: Late June, July and August daily. All the daylight hours. Directions: Located on Mattole Road, just three miles NW of the Honeydew Country Store or eleven miles from the Petrolia General Store, going SE on Mattole Road. Take Hwy 101 cut-off "South Fork - Honeydew" to Honeydew or "Wild cat" from Ferndale to Petrolia off Hwy 101.
  • Noble Berry Farm - blueberries
    3563 Fieldbrook Rd , Fieldbrook , CA 95501. Phone: 707-834-6299. Open: Summer months, call to check availability and hours . Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. Organically grown Blueberries (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 01, 2014)
    A visitor writes on July 01, 2014: "They offer pick your own blueberries only. ,Great farm. I want to help them get the word out since they are very old school and do not know how to take advantage of marketing on the internet. They do not have a web site or use e-mail. "
  • StarBright Farm - ORGANIC, tomatoes, peaches and cherries
    3003 Hwy. 96, Willow Creek, CA. Phone: 530-629-3516. Organically grown produce. Farm tours, classrooms welcome.
  • Warren Creek Farms - Certified Organic, pumpkins, winter squash, Other fruit or veg, restrooms, picnic area, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    1171 Mad River Road, Arcata, CA 95521. Phone: 707-822-6017. Email: giuntolifarms@suddenlink.net. Open: Monday through Friday afternoons, 1 to dusk; Saturday and Sunday 9 to dusk. Directions: 1171 Mad River Road is on the way to Mad River beach. From Highway 101, take Giuntoli Lane exit, go West to Heindon and follow the signs for the county boat ramp. The farm is half mile before the Hammond Trail bridge. Click here for a map and directions. Most items are ready by October; Groups of 20 or more May reserve the patch/maze during morning hours after October 15th or at night for a reduced rates. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. Corn maze prices are 4$ for children 6 to 17, 5$ for adults, and free for those under 6. Groups of 20 or more reserve the farm for 3$ each. (UPDATED: September 25, 2009)
  • Wolfsen Farms - ORGANIC, organic Blueberries
    2103 Baird Road, McKinleyville, CA. Phone: 707-839-2017. Email: ewwolfsen@suddenlink.net. A small, family-owned organic Blueberry farm located in Humboldt County, very near the Pacific Ocean in Dows Prairie (north of Arcata almost to Trinidad on Highway 101). Open: Call to confirm current hours; In season (typically July 4th to Labor Day), 7 days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm. Pick your own California organic blueberries. (UPDATED: July 23, 2009)
    Note from a visitor (April 2006):
    "I found Wolfsen Farms on your excellent website last year, and I highly recommend them. Just wanted to let you know this is GREAT place for organic blueberries! Acres and acres of well-tended, netted berries, easy to pick on a beautiful farm right on the coast. Owners provide the buckets and direct you to the section with the ripest berries. A wonderful way to spend a sunny day. "

Shasta County

  • Hawes Farms - corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    21923 Dersch Road, Anderson, CA 96007. Phone: 530-365-2332. Fax: 530-365-6313. Email: lhawes@hawesfarms.com. Directions: Take I - 5 to Anderson, take the Deschutes Road exit. Head northeast on Deschutes road 4.5 miles farm is on right at the intersection of Dersch and Deschutes road in Anderson. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in October. Open: September 29 - October 31st Saturday and Sundays 10am to 11pm, Monday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm, Friday 9 am to 11pm Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
  • Serendipity U-Pick Ranch - cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, plums, peaches, figs, apples, nectarines, flowers, restrooms, farm animals
    6315 Parkridge Drive, Anderson, CA 96007. Phone: 530-949-5985. Open: Call for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. Pesticide Free. (UPDATED: June 13, 2014) (UPDATED: June 19, 2013, by a visitor)  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: July 20, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on June 19, 2013: "We visited Serendipity Ranch in early June to pick cherries. The owners were helpful and friendly. They allowed us to have a picnic in the shade of the orchard. We will be back to pick plums, peaches, and apples later in the season. Don't miss this ranch! Great family fun! "
    Comments from a visitor on August 12, 2012: "We visited Serendipity Farm today and bought a bunch of peaches and plums to make jam. The owner is so nice, she made us feel very comfortable. We really enjoyed visiting the farm and will definitely go back! "
    Comments from a visitor on July 20, 2012: "My mother told me about the ranch then I went out with my children then I told my neighbor who in turn told her friends by the time cherry season was over we had a croud of 15 or more people meeting out there weekly. They were so busy but the lady in charge whose name is also Tammy was able to walk and talk with us and even entertained the children by letting them pick cherries from what she called the childrens tree which in fact was a tree up by her stand that had limbs covered in cherries about a foot off the ground. So I highly recommend her business.  I believe they start with Cherries in June then go to Blueberries, Boysenberries, Several different varieties of Plums,White Peaches, Figs, Apples,garden produce, Nectarines, cut flowers and ,more peaches throughout the summer"
  • Tuscan Heights Lavender Gardens - flowers, grapes, herbs/spices, lavender,
    12757 Fern Road East PO Box 206, Whitmore, CA 96096. Phone: 530-472-3066. Email: lavenderinfo@tuscanheights.net. Directions: From Redding, CA: From I-5 North, take highway 44 towards Lassen Park. Stay on highway 44, driving past Palo Cedro, CA. Take a Left at Old highway 44 Dr. to Millville, CA. At the stop sign, take a Right on Whitmore Road and drive for about 16 miles. Drive through Whitmore, passing the local grocery store and elementary school. Take left at Fern Road EAST. Follow Fern Road EAST 2.2 miles. T.H.L.G. is on the right: 12757 Fern Road EAST~ Whitmore, CA. Road conditions are paved and graveled. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Click here for picking updates. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in April, May, June, July, October, December. Open: 2008 Business Hours June 7th: 3rd Annual Open Garden and Lavender Festival June 8 ~ July 27, 2008 Saturdays: 10 am to 5pm and Sundays: 11am to 5pm Closed on: July 18, 19, and 20 Final Open Week for Season: July 26 and 27 to July 28 to August 2nd; October, 2008 Plant Sale: TBA (please check our website) Garden Tours: by Appointment, ONLY Weekday's date's available in May, June and early July. Lavender: July - Aug. Payment: Cash, Check. We also have a lovely gift shop offering a lovely array of beautiful dried organic lavender wreaths and bundles, artesian organic lavender bath and body SPA products, amazing culinary lavender teas, spices, scone mixes, and USDA Certified Organic Lavender Truffles! Over 100 different organic lavender gift items to choose from. (ADDED: July 21, 2008)

Siskiyou County

  • Little Folks Produce - apples, beans, beets, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, flowers, onions, pears, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, other vegetables, Turkeys (organic, not-hormone-fed), Honey from hives on the farm, gift shop, snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    15109 Old Hwy 99, Grenada, CA 96038. Phone: 530-436-9974. Fax: 530-436-9974. Email: leeyaatkins@sbcglobal.net. Directions: Grenada  in northern California from Redding, going north on I-5 to Grenada/Gazelle exit No#766, then go west to Old Hwy 99 then south on Old Hwy 99 about 7 miles look for the Farm signs on the Hwy, The farm will be on the west side of the Hwy. This is also the same route when traveling south bound from Oregon. Open: June 14 through October 31 from 10am through 6pm, seven days a week. Produce Stand and Country Store, Picnic and Play Ground area. Petting Zoo and Pony Rides week ends only, Sundays Horse Drawn carriage Rides by appointments only. June 14 to September 14: Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Horse Drawn wagons, games and prizes, Country story, Gift Shop, Back Goods, Jams & Jellies and much more. Our fall crop and pumpkins patch starts September 20th.

Trinity County


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

Del Norte County

  • Blueberry Hill Farms - blueberries
    3290 Kings Valley Rd Crescent City, CA 95531-9643 (707) 464-4344. Open: Limit crop in 2011; Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only. This is not a u-pick location. Many years ago it was, but they now only sell pre-picked bluberries and blue berry products at thr fruit stand type location.(Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: August 07, 2011)  (UPDATED: September 21, 2011)

Humboldt County

  • Flood Plain Produce - Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables,
    31117 Avenue of the Giants, Pepperwood, CA 95565. Phone: 707-722-4330. Open: Call for for hours and availability. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only..  (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: September 04, 2012)
    Comments from a visitor on September 04, 2012: "They grow everything organically. We have a program up here in humboldt that allows people to use their ebt cards to buy produce at the farmers market; you tell the market manager how much you want and they run your ebt card and give you these wooden coins to use at each vendor. Anyway, I have always gotten amazing produce from her both at the farmers market in fortuna and at the stand in pepperwood. She sells blackberry popsicles that are incredibley delicious."
  • Warren Creek Farms - Certified Organic, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, all produce is certified organically grown, Covered outdoor market, beans, onions, pumpkins, winter squash, Other fruit or veg, porta-potties, school tours
    1171 Mad River Road, Arcata, CA 95521. Phone: (707) 822-6017. Email: giuntolifarms@suddenlink>net. Open: Daily in October; Monday to Friday, from 1 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Directions: From Highway 101 take Giuntoli Lane exit. Take the roundabout West towards Jane's Road. Take the first right on Heindon Road. Turn Left on Miller Lane, turn right on Mad River Road. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers, SFMNP Vouchers. potatoes, decorative gourds, corn, sunflowers. (UPDATED: September 11, 2013) (UPDATED: September 20, 2010)

Shasta County

  • Troxell's Apple Orchard - apples
    299E, Montgomery Creek, CA.  Open: weekends only; call for hours and availability. Phone: (530) 337-6699. (UPDATED: November 17, 2011)
    Comments from a visitor on October 18, 2012: "First time there last weekend, lots of delicious varieties of apples! They said should have apples until around Thanksgiving."
    Comments from a visitor on November 17, 2011: "I visited Troxell's apple orchard yesterday and bought the most beautiful, delicious apples.  People need to know about these beautiful apples and where to get them. A lot of people do not go to farmers market and do not know where to get good local apples. I met a man in Wal Mart buying canning jars, I asked him what he was canning, he said apples from Troxells. That is the only way I knew they were still in business. I hope this helps to update their information. Linda Elliott"
    Comments from a visitor on November 11, 2011: "Hi, Troxell's (also called Troxell's Big Red Orchard) in Montgomery Creek is on the 299 E and they are only open weekends. They may also go to the local farmers' markets."

Meats, Milk and Eggs:

Shasta County

  • Wycked Fell Farm - Chicken (free range), Turkey, Pork, Lamb, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% grass and/or grain fed, Eggs (free range, vegetarian fed), Brown eggs, Specialty eggs (see below), Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, Turkeys, Fresh eggs
    299 East, Round Mountain, CA 96008. Phone: 530-949-7816. Email: farmerbill@wyckedfellfarm.com. Open: Call 538 am to 949 am to 7816 or see our website at to find out whether we have animals for sale. Directions: Payment: Cash, only. Lambs are available from spring through fall. Lambs are raised on mother's milk, natural untreated pasture, and the occasional flake of alfalfa. We do not feed grain, or use hormones or routine antibiotics. If you would like a lamb, we will coordinate with a local butcher for you and all you need to do is pay for the lamb up front, then pay the butcher for his services and pick up the wrapped meat. Lambs are butcher weight in September through November. We generally have goat kids available in late spring and early summer. These are dairy goats, not meat breeds. If you are interested in getting your own milk, a dairy kid is just what you need! We occasionally raise a few hogs. They are free range and fed a commercial feed in addition to enjoying rooting in the pasture. We raise Easter eggers, olive eggers and Marans. We often have chickens, chicks, eating eggs, and hatching eggs. Eggs are not available in the winter months. We may also have LIVE turkeys. We do not process any meat on the farm. All animals we sell are sold live. Hogs and lambs can be processed by a local butcher but you would need to make your own arrangements for any poultry. If we have animals for sale, they will be listed on the appropriate page at our website on Craigslist.  (ADDED: November 11, 2011) (UPDATED: November 22, 2011)

Siskiyou County

  • Scott River Ranch - Beef, Lamb, Certified USDA organic, No hormones used, No antibiotics used, 100% Grass fed (includes finishing), Wedding facilities, Farm/ranch tours for visitors, School tours, children welcome, farm market, farm animals, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
    1138 East Callahan Road, Etna, CA 96027. Phone: 530 467-4006. Alternate Phone: 877 542-1802. Fax: 530 467-4006. Email: customerservice@scottriverranch.com. Open: Free local deliveries and ranch pick - up by appointment. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover. Click here for our Facebook page. Certified: Animal Welfare Approved(AWA), American Grassfed Association & Salmon Safe. (ADDED: January 02, 2014)

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