Where in the San Francisco / San Mateo County area of California to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: May 2013: The cool weather has delayed blooms and slowed growth by a couple of weeks, but don't miss strawberries: they started in most Southern areas in late April, and in late May up north. Click here for strawberry facts and picking tips, and this page for easy strawberry jam making directions. Blueberries will come in June in most areas. Of course, Florida, southern Texas, and other very warm areas are already picking both crops! See this page for hundreds of easy canning and freezing instructions/recipes, canning equipment guide! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Then see each state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. 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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San Mateo County
Coastways Ranch Inc (aka Swanton Berry Farm) -
blackberries, olallieberries, strawberries, restrooms, picnic area,
640 Cabrillo Highway ( Highway 1), Pescadero, CA 94060. Phone: 831-469-8804. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Strawberries and 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 from 9am to 5pm in the summer; 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. (UPDATED: January 26, 2011)
A visitor writes 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."
(UPDATED: June 27, 2009)
Phipps Ranch -
2700 Pescadero Road, Pescadero, CA. Phone: 650-879-0787. Strawberries are ripe and ready for picking from mid May through the end of September, depending on the weather. Olallieberries (which are a type of blackberry) are ripe and ready for picking from the beginning of June through the end of July, depending on the weather. Open: NO BERRY PICKING MONDAYS OR TUESDAYS. Strawberries: Light picking throughout May. Olallieberries: Will be ready for picking around the 3rd week of June
Boysenberries: Will be ready for picking around the 2nd week in July. In 2009, all berries are $3.00 per pound. The cost of berries is in addition to the entrance fee. See this page for hours and other information.
A visitor writes on June 26, 2009: "We stopped at this farm on Father's Day 2009, lured by their web site. We were VERY DISAPPOINTED. The place was unkempt, even filthy, and help was less-than-helpful. The worst thing was that their single porta-potty was full to overflowing right next to the store area -- absolutely disgusting. We left immediately."
Webb Ranch Inc -
Uses natural growing practices,
blackberries, boysenberries, pumpkins, raspberries, and prepicked
produce, restrooms, picnic area
2720 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028. Phone: 650-854-5417. Email: email@example.com. 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. And for a map to our farm, click here. Crops are usually available in June, July, August, September, October, December. Open: Starting June 1st through October 31st we're open 7 to days - a - week 10 to 6 for the produce stand; U - pick starts mid June through mid July Thursday to Sunday 9am to 2pm. U-pick berries mid-June through mid July. We are certified organic for some crops. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. (UPDATED: May 21, 2008) Also see our choose and cut Christmas tree farm and U-Pick Pumpkins. (UPDATED: June 02, 2010)
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