Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in The San Francisco / San Mateo County area of California? Farms are open and safe! Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in The San Francisco / San Mateo County area of 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. If you find anything outdated or inaccurate, see the customer and farmer menus (as appropriate) at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

New! Pricing information - I am building a pricing guide to help you know what the typical prices are for each crop.

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   I'm making updates for this year as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know! This website is supported by purchases you make through the links to products on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This allows me to continue to maintain the website and make improvements!

What's in season in August 2020, and other timely information:

Notes for August 2020: Summer is almost here! Strawberry season is finished in all but the far northern ands cooler areas. Blueberries, blackberries are in season in most areas, also tomatoes, peaches and most vegetables . Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

Now, more than ever, going to a farm, being outside, away from crowds, getting fresh, local produce, makes more sense than ever before! It's a fun, safe and educational to pick some fresh berries, fruit and veggies and more, then come back here to learn how to freeze, can, make jam, salsa and much more! Of course, check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and hours.  We also have a state-by-state guide to Farm COVID-19 requirements here.

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, using similar sounding names.  They have all copied their information from 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!

Canners, both waterbath canners and pressure canners, are getting hard to find as people are doing more home canning than ever before. You can still get them online (see links at left) but prices are going up as the less expensive models are selling out.  Food dehydration is becoming a popular and inexpensive alternative; see this page about drying your own fruits and vegetables and where to get a food dryer.

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!

See these pages to find a local Strawberry Festival, or a Cherry or cherry blossom festival or a Blueberry festival. Some may still be held in 2020.

The San Francisco / San Mateo County area of California U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2020, by county

Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map

San Mateo County

  • Blue House Farm - Certified Organic, pumpkins, strawberries, porta-potties are available, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals
    950 La Honda Rd, San Gregorio, CA 94074. Email: info@bluehousefarm.com. Open: We are open May through October, Saturday and Sunday, from 12 pm to 6 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: From Highway 1, turn East onto Highway 84/La Honda Road and continue for 0.8 miles. The farm entrance is on the right. From Skyline Boulevard/Highway 35 turn West onto Highway 84 and continue for 14 miles. The farm entrance is on the left. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Please check our Facebook and Instagram pages for recent updates!.  (UPDATED: July 16, 2020 JBS)  (ADDED: August 01, 2017)
  • Coastways Ranch Inc (aka Swanton Berry Farm) - Certified Organic, blackberries, olallieberries, strawberries, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
    640 Cabrillo Highway (Highway 1), Pescadero, CA 94060. Phone: 831-469-8804. Email: mail@swantonberryfarm.com. Open: The Organic Strawberry U-pick is open on weekends from 10am-5pm; but call to check availability before you come;  This location is only open on weekends; Strawberries begin in April, Olallieberries begin in June; Blackberries come in season in July; The u - pick usually ends in late August; The ranch is open seven days a week; Kiwi u - pick begins in December and ends in January; The ranch is open for Kiwi u - pick Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Swanton Coastways Ranch is located 28 miles South of Half Moon Bay, CA and 20.5 miles North of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. It is about a quarter mile south of Ano Nuevo State Park and a quarter mile north of Waddell Beach. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers. There are many attractive areas for relaxing after gathering your fill of berries or kiwis, so bring a picnic and spend the day. We provide boxes and baskets and recommend wearing layers. May 2017: We are now open on weekends for Organic Strawberry U-PICK. The organic strawberries are $4.50/lb for 1-10lbs. if you pick 10 or more pounds they are $3.50/lb. We recommend wearing farm appropriate footwear and layers as it has been windy and cool in the afternoons. (UPDATED: May 28, 2018, JBS) 
    Comments from a visitor on June 27, 2009: " Since I wrote to complain about one farm, I should follow up with some real praise for the Swanton Berry Farm operation. On Fathers Day, 2009, after we left Pescadero, we drove south down Highway 1 and visited Swanton's Coastways Ranch U-Pick strawberry fields overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We had researched this farm on their website, and if anything they had understated the beauty and quality of the place. A beautiful location (admittedly on a beautiful day) with friendly, helpful people at the field, and some beautiful fruit. My wife and I and our 7-year-old twins picked two flats in under 20 minutes, paying $2.50 per pound. We enjoyed some wonderful fresh fruit and made some beautiful strawberry jam the next day."
  • Webb Ranch - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries, Marionberries, Olallieberries, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), tomatoes, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028. Phone: 650-854-6334. Email: Deano@webbranchinc.com. Open:  BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, CLICK HERE TO MAKE APPOINTMENT, APPOINTMENTS LIKELY FULL but more will be added as more berries ripen, Check back for availability. All Webb Ranch berries are certified organic by CCOF. The 2020 cost of U-Pick is as follows: $4 for entry (0-4 and 65+ are free) and $5.50 per pound of berries. Payment: cash, check, credit and debit. We grow varieties of blackberries and raspberries. Please remember, the field has a limited amount of ripe berries on any given day. The earlier you show up, the better the selection. For 2020, we planted cherry tomatoes inside the U-Pick field on the raspberry side. Call the produce hotline to check for availability from early June.  Click here for current dates and hours. Directions: We are located off of Hwy 280 and Alpine rd east in Menlo Park. We are 15 mile south of San Francisco, and 15 miles north of San Jose, 300 feet right off of Hwy 280. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. Webb Ranch is located in Portola Valley, just outside Palo Alto. Family Owned and Operated since 1922. All of our Farming is CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmer)the only thing we spray on our Crops is H2O!! :).Webb Ranch is following all water conservation rules for 2015. We are cutting back perWebb Ranch berries guidelines, but this will not affect the berries. The weather is the biggest factor, and too much heat is the most harmful. The weather has been great and the berries are tasty, so come out to the Webb Ranch U-Pick. All berries are CCOF. Use our baskets (no personal containers allowed). Lawn area available, bring blanket & lunch. No reservations necessary. PETS AND SMOKING ARE PROHIBITED. ALWAYS SUBJECT TO WEATHER/HEAT.  . Also see our choose and cut Christmas tree farm and  U-Pick Pumpkins. New this year to the U-Pick will be cherry tomatoes (multiple varieties). The season for the cherry tomatoes usually begins in mid July. Entrance is $4 a person. Kids 4 & under and adults 65 & over enjoy free entry. Picking baskets are provided with your entry fee and eating while picking is OK :) *We are CCOF certified organic. All berries are weighed at $5/lb. We also have a kids jumpy house operating every day we are open.  (UPDATED: July 16, 2020 JBS)    

San Francisco


Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
(NOT pick-your-own, unless they are also listed above)


The Presto Pressure
canners are out
of stock, but Tfal's
are available!


Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book