Where in California to find pick your own farms and orchards for fruit, vegetables, pumpkins and canning & freezing instructions!
This month's notes: February 2016: Strawberries and blueberries each have a very brief season; don't miss them: See your state's crop availability calendar for more specific dates of upcoming crops. And see our guide to local fruit and vegetable festivals, such as strawberry festivals and blueberry festivals. Organic farms are identified in green! Also make your own ice cream - see How to make ice cream and ice cream making equipment and manuals. Have fun, eat healthier and better tasting, and save money by picking your own locally grown fruit and vegetables, and then using our easy canning and freezing directions
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This page provides a detailed list of California's pick- your- own (PYO, U-pick, pick-it-yourself) farms for everything from apples, berries, fruit, pumpkins, vegetables to cut-you-own Christmas trees!
To find a farm in your area, just click on the area of the map (further down this page) nearest you; or click here for:
Click on the map at the bottom of the page to see listings for your area - OR click here for:
- Marin and Sonoma counties
- Colusa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties
- North mountain region (Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties)
- Mendocino and Lake counties
- Northern California
- Northeastern California (Modoc, Lassen and Plumas counties)
- El Dorado County
- Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Tuolumine and Mono Counties
- Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties
- San Francisco and San Mateo
- Santa Cruz County
- Santa Clara County
- Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
- San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties
- Central coastal California Area (Monterey and San Benito counties)
- Central California Area (Fresno, Kings, Merced, Madera, Inyo and Tulare counties)
Southern California areas:
- Los Angeles County
- Orange County
- Riverside county
- San Bernardino County
- Kern counties
- San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties
- Far south California (San Diego and Imperial counties)
- Ventura County
- Crop availability calendar/ harvest schedule
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
- To find choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree farms, click here.
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