Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in The Santa Cruz County and Bay area of California?  Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in The Santa Cruz County and Bay 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operating in Russia and China, as well as some 20-somethings trying to make a quick buck), so theirs are always out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly.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   I'm making updates for 2018 as fast as I can - if you find anything out-of-date, wrong or not working - please let me know!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 July 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for July 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!

The Santa Cruz County and Bay 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

Santa Cruz County

  • Ambling Ambystoma Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, blackberries,
    500 Peaceful Valley Dr, La Selva Beach, CA 95076. Phone: 831-345-8866. Email: [email protected]. Open: We have re-planted on a quarter acre that will probably be ready for U-Pick in 2015; Please check back for season updates; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am to 7 pm, mid July through September. Directions: From Santa Cruz: Take highway 1 south and exit at San Andreas Road Turn right, and proceed on San Andreas Road through La Selva Beach, past Manresa Beach before turning left on Peaceful Valley Dr. It is the next road just past the KOA. Cross railroad tracks and go over hill into valley. Take first right into farm. Click here for a map and directions. U-Pick thornless blackberres, open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am to 7 pm, mid July through September. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check.   
  • Clearview Orchards -  - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, picnic area
    646 Trabing Road, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: 408-472-1958. Email: [email protected]. Open: Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm, Saturday September 5, 2015 through Sunday November 1st. Directions:  from Santa Cruz: Highway 1 South towards Watsonville Exit Buena Vista Road Turn left at stop sign Turn left on Trabing road to orchard. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. We will open Sept 7th Labor Day Monday. You Pick Organic Fuji and Gala Apples. Fresh Pressed Fuji Apple Cider and Frozen Apple Pops. Our Local Honey for Sale Year Round. Clearview Organic Orchards also has dried lavender, certified organic pumpkins and squash, and our own fresh pressed organic apple juice served ice cold at the orchard along with our fresh baked apple turnovers (UPDATED: May 06, 2018, JBS)
  • Crystal Bay Farm - Certified Organic, olallieberries, raspberries (red), raspberries (yellow), strawberries, tayberries, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours
    40 Zils Road, Watsonvillle, CA 95076. Phone: (831) 724-4137. Email: [email protected]. Open: Please call ahead for u - pick; U-Pick is typically Wednesday & Sundays from 11- 4pm starting May 16th 2018, ​$2.00 entrance fee; 2018 prices are Strawberries $4.00 per pound May-Sept, Raspberries $7.00 June-July & September - Come out in October for our Pumpkin Patch!. Directions: From Highway 1 take the the San Andreas / Larken Valley exit to San Andreas road, drive 4.5 miles to Zils road We are at the corner of San Andreas and Zils Road. Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check. We are a small family farm open to the public, located between two state beaches on the beautiful Monterey Bay. We offer a self-serve farm stand, a pumpkin patch, and farm tours. Our Self-Serve Farm stand operates on the honor system. If the farmer is not around take your fruit and place your payment in the cash tube at the corner of the farm stand. In the Fall we have a huge assortment of pumpkins and winter squash. So come on out, we look forward to seeing you in the field. Certified Organic by CCOF since 1997. Come and enjoy the best organic strawberries on the Monterey Bay and spend the day with us. OCTOBER U-PICK DAYS ARE FROM 10-5PM COME AND ENJOY THE BEST ORGANIC STRAWBERRIES ON THE MONTEREY BAY AND SPEND THE DAY WITH US. OUR FARM IS LOCATED BETWEEN 2 STATE PARK BEACHES OVERLOOKING THE MONTEREY BAY, VISIT THE FARM ANIMALS HAVE A PICNIC RELAX AND UNWIND. IF YOUR GROUP IS LARGER THAN TEN PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE FOR APPOINTMENT. 2017 ENTRANCE FEE IS $2.00 PER PERSON CHILDREN UNDER AGE 3 ARE FREE.(UPDATED: May 06, 2018, JBS) 
  • Gizdich Farm - apples, blackberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, raspberries (Spring, red), strawberries, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, school tours
    55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: 831-722-1056. Open: 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates. Directions: From Highway 1 (southbound), take Riverside Drive EXIT, turn left overpass, straight through downtown Watsonville (high school on left side), over a bridge, left on Lakeview Road, right on Carlton Road, left on Peckham Road. From Highway 1 (northbound), same exit, right on Riverside, follow above. From Highway 101 (southbound & northbound), take 129 WEST to Watsonville, fork right on Carlton Road, (stop sign Thompson Road), straight on Carlton, right on Peckham Road. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Strawberries: May to September. Olallieberries: June. Boysenberries and Blackberries: Mid June to July. Apples: September (3 weeks). Pie Shop open Daily 9am - 5pm Serving our famous farm fresh pies and our Award winning Apple Juice. They grow 16 varieties of apples but only Red Delicious, Newton Pippins & Golden Delicious are U-pick. Pik-Yor-Self - Strawberries, Olallieberries, Boysenberries, and Apples are available in our Pik-Yor-Self program. Experience the most fun part of growing fruits, here at the Ranch! Combined with fresh air, sunshine and a little sweat, it's a whole lot of fun for the kids and the entire family. Don't forget your camera.
    Call for our opening dates and prepare for a fun day of picking delicious fruit. Bring your own containers or let us provide boxes for a small fee.
    After picking, take a self guided tour of our apple orchard and berry farms. If you're here on Saturdays (September-April only), you can watch the apples get pressed for juice! (UPDATED: May 11, 2017, JBS)    
    Comments from a visitor on June 20, 2011: "This place has been around forever!! I picked berries here as a kid. I took my teenagers last year. My mom and all her friends use them for their jam berries. Worth the trip (unless Rancho Not So Grande can beat their prices. They are local while Gizdich is an almost 3 hour drive"
    Comments from a visitor on June 26, 2010:
    "Love it, have been going for many years. "
    Comments from a visitor on December 21, 2009: "Have been going to their ranch for years. It is a wonderful place. Their olallieberries and apples are the best! Gizdich Ranch is surrounded by other small family farms. The whole county is rich in agriculture. Fields of artichokes, strawberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, apples, vegetables, etc. In the fall the area it is a cornucopia to the season. They have a shop located in their barn that sells farm grown apples and fresh berries in season or bags of frozen berries ( 4 & 8 lbs.), frozen berry puree, freshly pressed apple juice and a variety of jams, etc.. There is also a bakeshop/deli that serves: freshly baked pies (sold whole or by the slice), shortcakes, pastries, apple dumplings, sandwiches, box lunches & drinks. Also have an antique shop next to the barn. Yes they have restrooms. Yes, credit card and ship nation wide. There are picnic tables & tours of ranch. Family friendly. They are not organic. But are trying a variety of natural approaches to cut back on spraying."  
  • High Ground Organics - Strawberry and blueberry U-picks on specified dates only.
    521 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: (831)254-4918. Email: [email protected]. Open: Strawberry and blueberry U-picks on specified dates only. We offer several opportunities throughout the year for members to come see the farm for our U-pick days, tours, or volunteer restoration workdays. The best way to find out about these events is to receive our newsletter. We love showing off our farm, but it is also our home and we must balance tours with a very busy work schedule, so please come by only when there are scheduled events or u-picks.  (UPDATED: May 06, 2018, JBS)  (ADDED: May 15, 2017, JBS)
  • Live Earth Farm and Discovery Program - Certified Organic, apples, apricots, beans, blackberries, olallieberries, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), raspberries (yellow), raspberries (Spring, yellow), raspberries (Autumn, yellow), raspberries (black), raspberries (Spring, black), strawberries, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, Cider mill (fresh apple cider made on the premises), concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties are available, restrooms, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), face painting, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours, group reservations
    1275 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: 831-763-2448. Alternate Phone: 831-728-2032. Email: [email protected]. Open: U-Picks will be held seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 am to 3 pm, May to October; call before you come. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page. Please be advised that availability of crops varies from week to week; check the table below for the status of available items. Discounts apply to produce the more you pick! Bring buckets, boxes, or other containers to harvest into, or purchase containers from us for a small fee. Make sure to dress accordingly layers, hats, sunblock. Load up the kids, pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Though we appreciate canine friends, please do not bring your dogs to our farm. Typical dates (may change!):
    Strawberries Mother's Day Weekend Saturday and Sunday May 12th and 13th
    Blackberries End of July
    Dry-farmed Tomatoes August
    Peppers
    Apples September/October
    (UPDATED: May 06, 2018, JBS)
  • Swanton Berry Farm - ORGANIC, Strawberries
    25 Swanton Road, Davenport, CA.  Phone: 831-469-8804. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily 8am - 7pm. Containers are provided. We have many attractive areas for relaxing after gathering your fill of berries or kiwis, so bring a picnic and spend the day with us at one of our ranches. Click here for a map and driving directions. Strawberry fields are at the Swanton Farm Stand.   Also pre-picked broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes and peas. Everything is Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers. U-Pick Sundays beginning June 15th and continuing every Sunday until August 31st. Tours depart from our Swanton Ranch Farm Stand (just 2 miles north of Davenport on Highway 1) every Sunday at 9am. The day includes a 1 hour guided farm tour, variety tasting (all you can eat!), plus a dessert from our bakery kitchen. Bring a picnic to enjoy by our ocean front fields. Organic Strawberry U-pick is available for $4lb (2015 price). Farm Stand has fresh berry shortcakes, strawberry lemonade, strawberry apple cider & more! Enjoy these treats in our sheltered stand over a board game or a good read.  (UPDATED: May 06, 2018, JBS) 

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