Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in San Diego and Imperial Counties in California? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in San Diego and Imperial Counties in California,
sorted by county. Those that offer organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name
(see "What does Organic mean?"). The U-pick crops they offer follow the name of the farm. To search the page for a specific crop, use Ctrl-F (or on an ipad or Mac, use their "search on this page" function)
If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website. Beware of copycat websites (such as the one that starts with "pickit" and the one that ends with ".farms"; they do not update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China), so theirs are usually out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly! I put dates to indicate when we last received an update from each farm,
and I make updates daily (each farm as their info changes). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!
And if you know of any I missed and want to add them or correct the
information, please let me know!
What's in season in December 2016, and other
Notes for December 2016:Apples are still available,
but already picked. In some areas, late season crops, are still available
(if there hasn't been a frost) - like persimmons, pears, winter squash, kiwis,
even figs and raspberries. See your
crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. But
now it is time to tag your Christmas tree at a
Christmas tree farm (and enjoy a bonfire, smore, hot chocolate and
free hayrides, and often Santa visits! And next Spring, you'll want to take your
children to a free Easter egg hunt -
see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!
The world's best
pumpkin pie recipe is here, and the
crust recipe is here! And we have
home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. You can access
recipes and other resources from the drop down menus at the top of the page or the site search.
If you have any questions or suggestions,
feel free to write me!
San Diego and Imperial Counties in California U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
- Apple Starr Orchards
Certified Organic, apples
1287 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian,
CA 92036. Phone: (760) 305-2169. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: U-Pick starts in late August; 11 am to 4 pm weekends and by appointment on weekdays.
Directions: We are in Julian located at the very end of Julian Orchards
Drive (see map). We are approximately 1 hour from San Diego and 2 hours from
Orange County. We are Certified Organic Orchard (CCOF) since 2000 growing
Apples (delicious, fuji, gala, granny & jonagold) and Pears (bartlett, bosc,
anjou). We are open for u-pick on weekends through October. Groups should
email to schedule appointments. Our fruit ripens on the trees and is
available for picking in beginning at the end of August and lasts though
early October. (UPDATED: April 26, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: August 5, 2013, from their website)
- Apples and Art
Orchards - apples
1052 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA
email@example.com. Open: Daily by appointment only, for groups
only, 10 bag minimum purchase; September 1 to October 15, or whenever the
apples run out. Directions: DO NOT USE GPS (it is usually wrong) Take
highway 8 past Alpine to the highway 79, Julian, Descanso turnoff, turn
left, north. Go about 2 or 3 miles and go left at the sign for highway 79
and Cuyamaca. Follow signs through Cuyamaca to Julian and turn left into
town. Go north (straight) out of Julian on Farmer Road (Main Street) for
just over 2 miles, across Wynola Road (straight at stop sign) to Julian
Orchards Drive. Go past Volcan View Orchards, past Menghini Winery to the
second to last building on the left - green and white. or Take highway 67 or
78 east to Julian, turn left, north. Go north out of Julian on Farmer Road
(Main Street) for just over 2 miles, across Wynola Road to Julian Orchards
Drive. Go past Volcan View Orchards, past Menghini Winery to the second to
last building on the left - green and white. IMPORTNAT NOTES: Apples and Art
Orchards- for groups only is a U-Pick apple orchard where for only $10 you
can pick a "half peck of apples" which is about 5 pounds and spend a
fabulous afternoon in our beautiful mountain orchard and charming gold-rush
era town. Our apples are pesticide free and all natural - they have never
been sprayed. Our soil has not been contaminated with pesticides or weed
killers either. In addition to taking home your apples, you get apple facts,
a tour of the orchard, and your own free apple cider making and tasting
experience. A deposit of $50 is required up front to hold the reservation
two weeks before the date. (ADDED: April 26, 2015, JBS)
Calico Ranch - Fruit stand and U-pick apples and pears
Highway 78, Julian, CA, 92036. Phone: 760-765-3620. Alternate phone: 858-586-0392. Email:
Saturdays and Sundays during the season from 10am to 4pm, September to October. More
than 100 types of apples and pears on 30 acres. Directions: Located on Hwy
78 at Calico Ranch Road between San Ysabel and Julian. Located in Spencer
Valley, 3 miles from Julian. (UPDATED: April 26, 2015, JBS)
Carlsbad Strawberry Company - Camarosa Strawberries.
Hwy 5 and Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA, 92018-0479. Phone: 760-519-4154. Email:
Open: U-Pick Fields open April 17th through June this year, perhaps as late
as July 4th weekend. Open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5:30 pm til the end of
June.Directions: Located on Hwy 5 at Cannon Road in
Carlsbad; We are located at the corner of Cannon Road and Paseo del Norte,
just east of Interstate 5 at the Cannon Road exit in Carlsbad. We're located
right around the corner from the Carlsbad Flower Fields, the Carlsbad
Company Stores, Legoland and Car Country Carlsbad. No admission charge for
accompanying adults who do not wish to pick strawberries. (UPDATED:
April 26, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: May 31,
A visitor writes on May 26, 2014: "The prices have
increased drastically. Two years ago our whole family filled a bucket & paid
$10. It was a wonderful day out with the family. Took some great candids
with the kids. Went back several times to buy from the stand. Today we went
to the stand and for the whole family 3 kids and 2 parents to enjoy the same
experience would be $50. The price is now $10 per person. Absolutely
Comments from a visitor on April 11, 2011: "Prices have changed.
Big bucket $17 - small $8.50. ",
- Eric's Valencia Orchard - oranges,
Grade Road & Tyler Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone: 949-903-9305.
Sjcorrea@gmail.com. Open: 7 days a week by appointment; Pick by the box
or bin; 20 box /1 bin min. Directions: For a map to our farm,
click here. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: November 15, 2016)
- Gastil Orchards - apples
1055 Julian Orchards Drive.
Phone: (760) 310-6368. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Saturday, August 31 and Sunday
September 1, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm. For individual u-pick. U-Pick -
Open Labor Day Weekend! (ADDED: August 5, 2013, from their website)
- Heritage Farms - U-pick pumpkins , U-Pick strawberries,
3445 E Valley Pky, Escondido, CA 92027. Phone: (760) 741-1932.
Open: call for picking hours. Offers customers fresh organic produce, corn
maze (in the Fall), petting corral, tortoise races, picnic area.
(UPDATED: May 28, 2012, by a visitor)
Julian Mining Company - apples, corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins,
raspberries (red), strawberries, gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area, farm
animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for
4444 highway 78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 951-313-0166. Email:
email@example.com. Open: Year around Saturday 10 am to 4 and Sunday
12 pm to 4; October hours Saturday 10 am to 5 and Sunday 10 am to 5.
Directions: 3 Miles West of Main Street Julian on highway 78.
Click here for a map and directions.
Harvest tour includes cider pressing, hayride, and a visit to the animal
corral This begins the last weekend of September through November. Payment:
Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Spooky night-time hayride (not really spooky, just
fun and totally kid-friendly!) please call in advance for
reservations/payment. Available Saturday nights in October. We also have
year around gem mining and gold panning as well as field trips featuring
Pioneer Life, The Civil War, The Revolutionary War, The Gold Rush and Native
Americans. Julian Mining Company also offers various living history tours
and field trips such as the California Gold Rush, Civil War Adventure,
Native American tour, and Creation Science tours. For those that 'drop by' a
bag of mining rough can be purchased and used at the extensive sluice box,
Gold Panning trough, or 'rockers' to reveal gold and other semi-precious
gems and minerals. Other activities include tomahawk throwing and archery.
(UPDATED: April 26, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: August 06, 2013)(UPDATED: August
Kenny's Strawberry Farms -
Minimizes chemical and pesticide use,
strawberries, Corn, Pumpkins, Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Beans, WatermelonU-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions
/ refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, school tours
Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: 951-212-4899. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Thursday 10:00 am to 6:00 Friday 10:00 am to
6:00 Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: 15
Freeway South Exit Rainbow Valley Blvd, Turn Left Right on Old highway 395
Left 5th Street Destination is on the left at the end of the paved road
(past the fire station) 15 Freeway North Exit Rainbow Valley Blvd, turn
right Right on Old highway 395 Left 5th Street Destination is on the left at
the end of the paved road (past the fire station).
Click here for a map and directions. Strawberries: March 15 pm to August
30. We minimize use of pesticides and other chemicals. Payment: Cash, Check,
Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard.
Click here for our Facebook page.
U Pick Crops; We ‘grow-em and you pick-em'. We offer a variety of crops for
you to pick at Kenny's Strawberry Farm, also known as "Temecula Valley
Strawberry Farms". The crops will vary by the time of year and what season
we are in. Here is a list of some of the crops that we offer: Strawberries,
Corn, Pumpkins, Peppers, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Watermelon, and more.
(UPDATED: April 26, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: December 19, 2011)
- Kevin's Strawberry Farm - Strawberry,
concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food)
5452 5th Street, Fallbrook,
CA 92028. Phone: (951) 212-5805. Open: Fridays and Saturdays. Directions:
Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. Hydroponic strawberries
(ADDED: May 28, 2014, suggested by a visitor)
A visitor writes on May
28, 2014: "Had a great time with the kids cutting berries. "
MJ Ranch -
No pesticides are
1111 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036.
Phone: (760) 604-3070. Email:
email@example.com. Open: September,
see their website for exact dates,,
from 10 am to 4 pm. Call for large groups. (UPDATED: April 26,
2015, JBS) (ADDED: August 5, 2013,
from their website)
Mountain Valley Ranch Pumpkin Patch - Christmas trees, Pumpkins,
corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, haunted house
842 Hwy 78, Ramona, CA.
Phone: 760-788-8703. Petting zoo with birds, calves, pigs and ponies. Large
corn maze and take a hayride tour of the ranch.
Orchard - apples
3803 Wynola Road, Julian, CA 92036. Phone:
(760) 443-3930. Open: September 11, Start of the 2013 Season; Saturday and
Sunday with no appointment, Monday through Saturday 8am to 6pm , and by appointment only on Monday through Friday.
U-PICK apple orchard. Plus Healthy Chocolate & Healthy Coffee. U-Pick.
Note: there are a variety of contentious and conflicting
reviews on Yelp
about this orchard. (UPDATED: April 26, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: August 5, 2013, from their website)
Sentenac Ranch -
No pesticides are
used, apples, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand,
restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals, birthday
parties, weddings and wedding parties
3515 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036.
Phone: 858-342-1667. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: September 17 and 18, from 10 am
to 4 m. Directions: From San Diego, take the 8 East to 67 North, which
becomes the 78. From Escondido: Head east on the 78. Make left when you
enter Ramona onto Main Street which becomes the 78. Turn right into driveway
at 3515 highway 78. We have a big sign that says "Sentenac Ranch 3515". We
are between Wynola and Julian. Follow driveway all the way in - 1.2 miles.
Please click Google Map for a visual.
Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the
crops. Payment: Cash, only. We use nothing but water on our trees. Gift shop has antiques,
locally handcrafted candles and art. (UPDATED: September 12, 2016) (UPDATED: September 23, 2014) (ADDED: October 03, 2011)
- Shadow Creek Ranch -
Uses natural growing practices,
apples, apricots, figs, herbs/spices, lavender, lemons, nectarines, oranges,
peaches, persimmons, plums, Other fruit or veg, U-pick and already picked
14871 Mussey Grade Road, Ramona, CA 92065. Phone: 858-336-5370. Email:
UPDATE: June 27, 2016: The owner tells
me they are closed until next season (2017), when their hours should be: Call for appointment; Open 7 days a week.
Click here for a map and directions. June through September. We use
natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only.
Herbs, Figs, Apples, Oranges, Lemons, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pluots,
Apricots, Persimmons. (UPDATED: June 27, 2016) (UPDATED: March 24, 2016) (ADDED: July
Summer's Past Farm - herbs, pumpkin patch, corn maze, herbal
15602 Old Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA, 92021. Phone: (619)
A visitor writes: "There is a lot to do for children
like making a fairy garden, corn mazes, sweet pea mazes. There is also herb
paper making, herb soap making, herbal oil, vinegar, and more in there class
schedule, Very child friendly, coffee bar with pastries, fun, touristy, and
wonderful animals everywhere. A shop for those who want to buy the harvested
Volcan Valley Apple Farm - apples
Orchards Dr. Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 760-807-1816. Email:
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Appointment only on Monday
through Friday. Directions: call or email. Family Fun 7000 trellis grown
apple trees, 7 varieties easy hand picking by all ages. Contact for "Group"
and "Special" needs' arrangements. (UPDATED: April 26, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: August 5, 2013, from their website)
- Wholesome Heritage Farms Pumpkin Patch - U-pick strawberries,
Uses natural growing practices,
San Pasqual Road, Escondido, CA. Phone: 760-746-8822. Open year-round. Fresh
organic produce, U-pick strawberries, corn stock maze (in the Fall), petting
corral, tortoise races, picnic area. School and group tours welcome. $5 per
person and includes a pumpkin. Open through October 31, noon-6 pm.
Weidners' Gardens - U-pick operation for flowers, plants, bulbs
695 Normandy Road, Encinitas, CA, 92024. Phone: 760-436-2194 or
email@example.com. Open: Monday to Sunday 9:30 - 5. Closed Tuesday.
Winter . Open: 9:30-4:30. Workshops, farm tour, garden/nursery tour, ag
gifts/crafts. Directions: I-5 to Leucadia Blvd. Exit, then east to Notmandy
Rd at Piraeus St.
Local Honey Sources:
Meats, Milk and Eggs:
Windy Bottoms Farm - Chicken (free range), Turkey, Duck, Eggs
(free range), Within an easy drive to an Interstate road, children
welcome, No pets please, Turkeys, Fresh eggs, porta-potties, picnic area
(bring your own food), farm animals
6533 Lebanon Road, Mebane, NC
27302. Phone: 919-304-1151. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Call for times. Directions: Take I-40/I-85
to the Efland exit (#161). Head north on Mount Willing Road If coming
from the East/Durham, you will turn right onto Mount Willing. If coming
from the West /Burlington, you will turn left onto Mount Willing. At the
Stop sign, turn left. Follow the curve. Go straight through the light.
Go past McAdam's Farm about 1/4 mile. Turn LEFT onto Lebanon Road Farm
will be on the right, approximately 3 miles.
Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check.
Click here for our Facebook page. We sell eggs from our chickens. We
raise and process chicken, duck, and turkey for meat. Meat and eggs can
be purchased throughout the year on the farm. Call ahead to verify
availability. Pumpkin Patch Runs the end of September through October.
Our farm will be open from 10am to 6pm Saturday's and Sunday's starting
September 27, 2014 until Halloween or we sell out of pumpkins. We charge
$10 per person for admission or $40 per family (includes 4 pumpkins),
and each person gets to pick out a pumpkin and is able to enjoy the
other fun activities we have. -Pumpkin patch -Hay ride -Playset for the
kids -Chickens and Turkeys -Games For an additional $1 take four shots
with our giant potato sling shot. We encourage everyone to bring a
picnic lunch and spend a few hours relaxing out in the country. (ADDED:
September 24, 2014)
Horse Rides and More:
Farm Bed And Breakfasts
Farm Venues for Weddings, Events, Activities, Parties and Meetings:
San Diego County
Bates Nut Farm - Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception, Wedding
Rehearsal Dinner, Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties, Business
meetings, Business outings, Corporate events, PR or Marketing events,
Filming or photo shoots, School and educational groups, Daycare and
preschool groups, Other Private Parties, Lighting, Catering available,
You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are provided, Bring
your own linens and table silverware, Hotel nearby, Motel nearby,
Pumpkin patch, sheep, goats, chickens, llamas/alpacas, other animals,
Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Fishing nearby, golf nearby,
Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an Interstate road,
Bride and groom dressing areas available, children welcome, Pets
welcome, No smoking allowed, handicap accessible, Fresh eggs, gift shop,
concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, restrooms, picnic area,
farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school
15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone:
email@example.com. Open: 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 except
Thanksgiving and Christmas; September 29 to October 31, Monday to Friday
from 9 to 5:30, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 6:00.
Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions:
Click here for a map and directions. Pumpkin Patch and Straw Maze
are open from September 29 through October 31;. Payment: Cash,
Visa/MasterCard. (UPDATED: September 03, 2012)
Sentenac Ranch -
are used, Lighting, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception,
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Banquets / Dinners, Birthday parties, Business
meetings, Business outings, Corporate events, PR or Marketing events,
Conferences, Filming or photo shoots, Classes, lectures or Speakers,
School and educational groups, Other Private Parties, Catering
available, You may bring your own food, Some Tables and chairs are
provided, Some Linens and table silverware are provided, BYO alcohol,
B&B nearby, Hotel nearby, Cattle ranch, Apple Orchard, Pumpkin patch,
dairy cows, steers/cattle, chickens, other animals, Lake views,
Beautiful rural setting, Mountain views, Hiking trails, Fishing onsite,
hunting nearby, Free Onsite Lot parking lot, Within an easy drive to an
Interstate road, children welcome, No pets please, Smoking allowed in
designated areas, handicap accessible, restrooms, picnic area, farm
animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties
78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 619-518-9335. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Year - round, contact for
availability. Directions: From San Diego, take the 8 East to 67 North,
which becomes the 78. From Escondido: Head east on the 78. Make left
when you enter Ramona onto Main Street which becomes the 78. Turn right
into driveway at 3515 highway 78. Follow driveway all the way in - 1.2
miles There is a wooden sign that says Sentenac Ranch, look hard because
it's easy to miss. The driveway is shared with 3663, and that sign is
more visible. Just follow the driveway all the way in. Please Google Map
for a visual.
Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the
crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover.
2011 is our first year open for you-pick! Cash only for the pumpkin
patch and apple orchard. (ADDED: October 03, 2011)
Resources For Farmers