Find a local pick your own farm here!

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 "Eatwell", "pickit" and the ones that ends with ".farm"; they do not verify or update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China, as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly. Since 2002, I make updates daily (each farm as changes are reported, or I find it). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! And if you know of any farms I missed and want to add a farm, please let me know!   I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!

What's in season in August 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for August 2018: Summer is here and that means Strawberry season is finishing and blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and peaches are starting. Tomatoes, corn and other vegetables should be starting, too. Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, Peach festival or a Blueberry festival. We have a guide to peach varieties here. Also recipes, canning and freezing directions for strawberries, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, corn etc.

See our comprehensive list of easy home canning, jam and jelly making, 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! It is easy to make your own ice cream, even gelato, or low fat or low sugar ice cream - see this page. Also note, there are many copycat website listing U-pick farms now.  They have all copied their information form here and usually do not ever update.  Since 2002, I've been updating the information every day but Christmas; so if you see anything wrong or outdated, please write me!

Children's Consignment Sales occur in both the Spring and Fall  See our companion website to find a local community or church kid's consignment sale!

San Diego and Imperial Counties in California U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, by county

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Imperial County

Apple Starr Orchards - Certified Organic, applesSan Diego County

  • Apple Starr Orchards - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples
    1287 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: (760) 305-2169. Email: [email protected].  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.  From the center of town in Julian, travel 3 miles East on Main Street (which turns into Farmer Rd.) At the stop sign, continue straight onto Julian Orchards Dr. GO TO THE END OF THE ROAD, past the wineries. We are Certified Organic Orchard (CCOF) since 2000 growing Apples ( Jonagold, Granny, Fuji, Gala, Red Delicious) 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. Picking poles are available to reach high branches. Several red wagons are available for small children; families may enjoy bringing strollers and wagons Space available for picnicking; DO bring chairs and blankets, just in case. NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED  (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS) Apples and Art Orchards - apples
  • Apples and Art Orchards (also called Gastil Mountain Farms) - apples
    1052 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: (760) 310-6368. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily by appointment only, for groups only, 10 bag minimum purchase; September 1 to October 15, or whenever the apples run out. Gastil Orchards is typically open to the public for U Pick for individuals on one Saturday in September h ONLY from 10:30 until the apples are gone.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. We have Red & Golden Delicious, Gala, McIntosh, Fuji, Granny Smith, Lady Apples and Heirloom apples. Free apple cider making with tour.
     IMPORTANT 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 group reservation two weeks before the date. (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS) 
  • Bar 2 Ranch - persimmons and pomogranates,Bar 2 Ranch - persimmons and pomegranates, zapotes, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, mangos
    14797 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA. Phone: (760) 742-3614.
    Open: 7 days a week from 8 to 6 for picking both persimmons and pomogranates.
    Directions: click here for a map and directions. We also all have zapotes avocados oranges grapefruit mangos...
    (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS) (ADDED: May 16, 2017, JBS)
  • Calico Ranch - Fruit stand and U-pick apples and pearsCalico Ranch - Fruit stand and U-pick apples and pears
    4200 Highway 78, Julian, CA, 92036. Phone: 760-765-3620. Alternate phone: 858-586-0392. Email: [email protected].
    Open: 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: May 28, 2018, JBS) 
  • Carlsbad Strawberry CompanyCarlsbad Strawberry Company - Camarosa Strawberries. school tours
    Hwy 5 and Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA, 92018-0479. Phone: 760-519-4154. Email: [email protected]. 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 6 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. To schedule a U-Pick Strawberry Field Trip  for schools or organizations of 15 or more, Click Here.(UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS) (UPDATED: May 28, 2018, JBS) 
    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 ridiculous!"
    Comments from a visitor on April 11, 2011: "Prices have changed. Big bucket $17 - small $8.50. "
  • Eric's Valencia Orchard - oranges,
    Cole Grade Road & Tyler Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone: 949-903-9305. Email: [email protected]. 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: [email protected]. 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!
  • Golden Hop Farm - Certified Naturally Grown, hops
    467 Solana Real, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: 805-680-9132. Email [email protected]. Open:  by appointment. Directions off Sleeping Indian and Morro Hills Rd. We grow hops sustainably and naturally for the beer industry and culture. We offer tours and explanations of how hops are grown and used by both home and commercial brewers to vary the tastes of their beers. During the harvest season we offer u-pick opportunities, by appointment, and sales of our "wet" hops. We also sell "dried" hops all year long. Golden Hop Farm, which grows hops for the beer industry using organic and sustainable methods is located in North San Diego County and is the culmination of a family dream to encourage the making and drinking of healthy beer. Gary and Corie Johndro aspire to live a healthy lifestyle, and encourage the craft beer culture to do the same, by offering for sale to both home brewers and breweries unique and healthy varieties that are locally grown, personally nurtured and hand picked for optimum flavor. Whole hops for sale are offered both "wet" and "dried" and include Cascade, Chinook, Crystal, Galena, Glacier, Horizon, and Nugget (every year there are also a few experimental varieties added). We have a picnic area that overlooks both our hop field and avocado grove where visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy our quiet surroundings while watching the abundant wildlife and birds that coexist on our farm. For those who want a greater hands on farm experience, please inquire about staying overnight in our guest suite.  We are a Certified Naturally Grown producer of seven different varieties of hops that we sell either "wet" or "dried". Click here for a link to our Facebook page. We also have Educational Experience classes or workshops, farm tours, lecture/presentation, participatory experience.  (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS) (ADDED: May 19, 2017, JBS)
  • Harbour Farm & Vineyard - strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apples, pumpkins,
    3326 Highway 67, Ramona, California, CA 92065. Phone: (619) 261-9617. Email: [email protected]. Open: See their website.  Directions: See their website. Click here for a link to our Facebook page. (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS)  (ADDED: May 19, 2017, JBS)
  • Heritage Farms - U-pick pumpkins , , farm market
    3445 E Valley Pky, Escondido, CA 92027. Phone: (760) 741-1932. Open: Facebook says they are permanetly closed; I'm waiting for a reply from them directly, call for picking hours. Offers customers fresh organic produce, corn maze (in the Fall), petting corral, tortoise races, picnic area.  (UPDATED: April 30, 2018, JBS)
  • Julian Mining Company - apples, corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberriesJulian Mining Company - apples, corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberries, gift shop, porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    4444 highway 78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 951-313-0166. Email: [email protected]. 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.  Apple Season varies each year, based on the weather. Generally it can run anywhere from Aug/Sept. all the way through October. It is best to check back during this exciting time of year in Julian.  (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS)  (UPDATED: May 28, 2018, JBS)  .Kenny's Strawberry Farms
  • Kenny's Strawberry Farm - Uses Integrated Pest Management , beans, pumpkins, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), school tours
    953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: (951) 212-5805. Email: [email protected]. Open: U PICK HOURS ARE WEDNESDAY to SUNDAY 10 am to 6PM; Already-picked Strawberry Stands are open daily 10am to 6pm (All hours are weather and supply permitting). Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates.  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.  U-Pick Strawberry Season February-July; Check website for opening date. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. 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.  We use a method called integrated pest management which means we start by using all organic methods first to combat various pests and diseases.(UPDATED: January 31, 2018)   (UPDATED: May 28, 2018, JBS) 
  • 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
    A visitor writes on May 28, 2014: "Had a great time with the kids cutting berries. "
  • O'Dell's Organic U-Pick Pear Orchard - Pears
    1095 Julian Orchards Dr, Julian, CA 92036. Phone (760) 765-1174. Email: [email protected]. Open: U-Pick on Weekends, from 11 am to 4 pm; Weekdays by appointment only. We have been CCOF (Certified Organic) since 2004 to there are approximately 400 Pear trees Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc. We are a family oriented farm always keeping children in mind. In addition to Pears, there are Chickens, Goats & Horses.  Bartlett and Comice are usually ripe around the second weekend in September.
  • Peacefield Orchard - apples
    3803 Wynola Road, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: (760) 443-3930. Email: [email protected]. Open:  mid-September is the usual start of the Season; Saturday and Sunday with no appointment, Monday through Saturday 8am to 6pm , and by appointment only on Monday through Friday; Call or email for their dates and hours, and please ask them to update PickYourOwn.ORG.. U-PICK apple orchard. Plus Healthy Chocolate & Healthy Coffee. On the Grower-Lead Orchard and Farm Tour, you will see, taste and experience numerous examples of peaceful, biodynamic harmony. Private tours are available by advance appointment, year-round. You will observe and learn about composting, soil working and care, edible greens, beneficial bugs and more. Each person on the tour will be able to harvest and take home any crops currently available! The next Apple Harvest Season will begin in Late July/Early August. Come early in the season for Pears, Plums, Peaches, Apricots, Apples (Gravenstein, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Trancendent Crab, Jonagold, Jonathon, Macintosh, Rome, Braeburn) and more! We offer Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs (all of whichare never grown with any sort of pesticide, herbicide, or chemical), Grower-Led Farm Tours, Agriculture Based Classes, and Farm-to-Table Events. On the Grower-Led Orchard & Home Farm Tour, you will see, taste and experience numerous examples of peaceful, biodynamic harmony.You will observe and learn about how apples and pears grow, natural soil enrichment, beneficial bugs, edible greens, and more. ​ Each person on the tour will be able to harvest, eat, and take home any produce currently available. Agriculture Based Classes include Composting, Soil Enrichment, Grafting, Pruning and more. Please E-mail Farmer Bri and Farmer Josh for more information on upcoming classes. Our thoughtful Farm-to-Table Events are centered around our all natural produce and guaranteed to please. Please inquire for more information about hosting your eco-friendly party.
    U-Pick. Note: there are a variety of contentious and conflicting reviews on Yelp about this orchard.. (UPDATED: April 14, 2018, JBS)   (UPDATED: May 28, 2018, JBS)  
  • Sentenac Ranch - No pesticides are used, apples, 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: [email protected]. . Open: Call for this year's dates - In 2018, their website is gone; Does anyone have current information, are they still offering pick your own or are even open?  If so, please write me, their last reported hours were  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.  .Sentenac Ranch is truly one of the most breathtaking properties in all of California just about an hour outside San Diego.Our secluded Julian venue is available for corporate events, weddings, family reunions, bar mitzvah and other celebrations. This family owned and operated ranch is taken care of with love; it shows from the manicured apple orchard to the well-groomed walking trails. We pride ourselves on providing you with an experience you will not soon forget. Beautiful lake and picnic area right next to the apple orchard. We are the only no-spray orchard in Julian. No pesticides are used, uses natural growing practices. (UPDATED: August 24, 2017)  (UPDATED: September 12, 2016)
  • Shadow Creek Ranch - Uses natural growing practices, apples, apricots, figs, lemons, nectarines, oranges, other citrus, peaches, plums, tangerines,
    14871 Mussey Grade Rd, Ramona, CA 92065. Phone: 858-336-5370. Email: [email protected]. Open:  Call for appointment. Directions: For a map to our farm, click here. Oranges and lemons are available January through April. 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: February 02, 2017) (UPDATED: June 27, 2016) (UPDATED: March 24, 2016) (ADDED: July 27, 2015)
  • Stehly Farms Organics Annual U-Pick Strawberry Fest - strawberries
    12630 Santa Catalina Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone: (760) 742-1186. Email: [email protected]. Open: One Saturday each year, typically in late April. Admission Includes: 1 -1 lb container to Pick Strawberries, Guided Farm Tractor Tour, Petting Zoo, Little Kids Train Ride, All Access to the Playground. Our Farmers Market Stand will be Open 10am-4pm offering Fruits, Vegetables, Eggs, Honey, Jam, Juice and More! Also Available for Purchase: Tacos, Pizza, Salads, Smoothies and Gelato. Kids 4 and Under are Free.
  • Summer's Past Farm - herbs, flowers, pumpkin patch, corn maze, herbal soapmaking
    15602 Old Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA, 92021. Phone: (619) 390-1523.
    Comments from a visitor on July 02, 2016: "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 goodies.. "
  • Volcan Valley Apple Farm - apples
    1284 Julian Orchards Dr. Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 760-807-1816. Email: [email protected]. 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: May 28, 2018, JBS) 
  • Wholesome Heritage Farms Pumpkin Patch - U-pick strawberries, Uses natural growing practices,
    21345 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 760-436-3681. Email: [email protected]. 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.(UPDATED: April 30, 2018, JBS)

Recently closed farms

  • MJ Ranch - Closed after 2016
    1111 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036.

 


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