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?  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. 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operating in Russia and China, as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.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   I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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 November 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for November 2018: Autumn is here! Apples, pears, Fall raspberries, figs, winter squash , corn mazes and pumpkin patches are here. And there are still tomatoes, corn and other vegetables in most areas. Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

See these pages to find a local apple festival, and see our guide to apple varieties (when they ripen, best uses), . Also picking tips, recipes, canning and freezing directions for apples, pumpkins, 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!

Health insurance: Open enrollment is almost here.  You may have heard  that health sharing plans, like Liberty and Medi-Share are less than half the cost of ObamaCare plans. We have a complete, simple comparison of the 6 major health sharing plans here.

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!

The San Francisco / San Mateo County area of California U-Pick Farms and Orchards in 2018, 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: [email protected]. Open: We are open May through October, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am 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: May 28, 2018) (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: [email protected]. 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."
  • Phipps Ranch - Closed at the end of 2015
    2700 Pescadero Road, Pescadero, CA. Phone: 650-879-0787. (UPDATED: May 28, 2018, JBS) 
  • 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: [email protected]. Open: from early June on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.  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: June 10, 2018, JBS)    

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