Find a local pick your own farm here!

Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in San Diego and Imperial Counties in California?  Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in San Diego and Imperial Counties in 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 "pickit" and the one that ends with ".farms"; they do not update their information, they just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China), so theirs are usually out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly! I put dates to indicate when we last received an update from each farm, and I make updates daily (each farm as their info changes). See the customer and farmer menus at the top menu bar to submit updates and corrections and help me keep each current!

And if you know of any I missed and want to add them or correct the information, please let me know!  

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What's in season in February 2018, and other timely information:

Notes for February 2018: The northern half of the U.S. (and most of Canada, of course) are under snow. So, the crops to pick are pretty much limited to Florida, Texas, southern California and a few other areas of the Deep South.  Citus, for one, is a crop that is usually available now; and in those areas, soon also strawberries and blueberries.Check your area's copy calendar (see this page) and call your local farms for seasonal updates.

We also have a website for both Valentine's Day information, facts and fun and one for St. Patrick's day (including great recipes for corned beef, Irish stew, etc.)

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!

Next year, don't miss an Easter Egg Hunt for your children: See our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt!

We also have home canning, 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, please write me!

San Diego and Imperial Counties in California U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by county

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Imperial County

Apple Starr Orchards - Certified Organic, applesSan Diego County

  • Apple Starr Orchards - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, apples
    1287 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: (760) 305-2169. Email: [email protected].  Open: U-Pick starts in late August; 11 am to 4 pm weekends and by appointment on weekdays. Directions: We are in Julian located at the very end of Julian Orchards Drive (see map). We are approximately 1 hour from San Diego and 2 hours from Orange County. We are Certified Organic Orchard (CCOF) since 2000 growing Apples (delicious, fuji, gala, granny & jonagold) and Pears (bartlett, bosc, anjou). We are open for u-pick on weekends through October. Groups should email to schedule appointments. Our fruit ripens on the trees and is available for picking in beginning at the end of August and lasts though early October.  (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)
  • Apples and Art Orchards - applesApples and Art Orchards - apples
    1052 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036. Email: [email protected]. Open: Daily by appointment only, for groups only, 10 bag minimum purchase; September 1 to October 15, or whenever the apples run out. Directions: DO NOT USE GPS (it is usually wrong) Take highway 8 past Alpine to the highway 79, Julian, Descanso turnoff, turn left, north. Go about 2 or 3 miles and go left at the sign for highway 79 and Cuyamaca. Follow signs through Cuyamaca to Julian and turn left into town. Go north (straight) out of Julian on Farmer Road (Main Street) for just over 2 miles, across Wynola Road (straight at stop sign) to Julian Orchards Drive. Go past Volcan View Orchards, past Menghini Winery to the second to last building on the left - green and white. or Take highway 67 or 78 east to Julian, turn left, north. Go north out of Julian on Farmer Road (Main Street) for just over 2 miles, across Wynola Road to Julian Orchards Drive. Go past Volcan View Orchards, past Menghini Winery to the second to last building on the left - green and white. IMPORTNAT NOTES: Apples and Art Orchards- for groups only is a U-Pick apple orchard where for only $10 you can pick a "half peck of apples" which is about 5 pounds and spend a fabulous afternoon in our beautiful mountain orchard and charming gold-rush era town. Our apples are pesticide free and all natural - they have never been sprayed. Our soil has not been contaminated with pesticides or weed killers either. In addition to taking home your apples, you get apple facts, a tour of the orchard, and your own free apple cider making and tasting experience. A deposit of $50 is required up front to hold the reservation two weeks before the date. (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS) (ADDED: April 26, 2015, JBS)
  • Bar 2 Ranch - persimmons and pomogranates,Bar 2 Ranch - persimmons and pomegranates, zapotes, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, mangos
    14797 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA. Phone: (760) 742-3614.
    Open: 7 days a week from 8 to 6 for picking both persimmons and pomogranates.
    Directions: click here for a map and directions. We also all have zapotes avocados oranges grapefruit mangos...
    (ADDED: May 16, 2017, JBS)
  • Calico Ranch - Fruit stand and U-pick apples and pearsCalico Ranch - Fruit stand and U-pick apples and pears
    4200 Highway 78, Julian, CA, 92036. Phone: 760-765-3620. Alternate phone: 858-586-0392. Email: [email protected].
    Open: Saturdays and Sundays during the season from 10am to 4pm, September to October.
    More than 100 types of apples and pears on 30 acres. Directions: Located on Hwy 78 at Calico Ranch Road between San Ysabel and Julian. Located in Spencer Valley, 3 miles from Julian.
    (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)
  • Carlsbad Strawberry CompanyCarlsbad Strawberry Company - Camarosa Strawberries. school tours
    Hwy 5 and Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA, 92018-0479. Phone: 760-519-4154. Email: [email protected]. Open: U-Pick Fields open April 17th through June this year, perhaps as late as July 4th weekend. Open 7 days a week, 9 am to 6 pm til the end of June.Directions: Located on Hwy 5 at Cannon Road in Carlsbad; We are located at the corner of Cannon Road and Paseo del Norte, just east of Interstate 5 at the Cannon Road exit in Carlsbad. We're located right around the corner from the Carlsbad Flower Fields, the Carlsbad Company Stores, Legoland and Car Country Carlsbad. No admission charge for accompanying adults who do not wish to pick strawberries. To schedule a U-Pick Strawberry Field Trip  for schools or organizations of 15 or more, Click Here.(UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)
    A visitor writes on May 26, 2014: "The prices have increased drastically. Two years ago our whole family filled a bucket & paid $10. It was a wonderful day out with the family. Took some great candids with the kids. Went back several times to buy from the stand. Today we went to the stand and for the whole family 3 kids and 2 parents to enjoy the same experience would be $50. The price is now $10 per person. Absolutely ridiculous!"
    Comments from a visitor on April 11, 2011: "Prices have changed. Big bucket $17 - small $8.50. "
  • Eric's Valencia Orchard - oranges,
    Cole Grade Road & Tyler Road, Valley Center, CA 92082. Phone: 949-903-9305. Email: [email protected]. Open: 7 days a week by appointment; Pick by the box or bin; 20 box /1 bin min. Directions: For a map to our farm, click here. Payment: Cash, only. (ADDED: November 15, 2016)
  • Gastil Orchards - apples
    1055 Julian Orchards Drive. Phone: (760) 310-6368. Email: [email protected]. Open Saturday, August 31 and Sunday September 1, 2013 from 11 am to 3 pm. For individual u-pick.  U-Pick - Open Labor Day Weekend!
  • Golden Hop Farm - Certified Naturally Grown, hops
    467 Solana Real, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: 805-680-9132. Email [email protected]. Open:  by appointment. Directions off Sleeping Indian and Morro Hills Rd. We grow hops sustainably and naturally for the beer industry and culture. We offer tours and explanations of how hops are grown and used by both home and commercial brewers to vary the tastes of their beers. During the harvest season we offer u-pick opportunities, by appointment, and sales of our "wet" hops. We also sell "dried" hops all year long. Golden Hop Farm, which grows hops for the beer industry using organic and sustainable methods is located in North San Diego County and is the culmination of a family dream to encourage the making and drinking of healthy beer. Gary and Corie Johndro aspire to live a healthy lifestyle, and encourage the craft beer culture to do the same, by offering for sale to both home brewers and breweries unique and healthy varieties that are locally grown, personally nurtured and hand picked for optimum flavor. Whole hops for sale are offered both "wet" and "dried" and include Cascade, Chinook, Crystal, Galena, Glacier, Horizon, and Nugget (every year there are also a few experimental varieties added). We have a picnic area that overlooks both our hop field and avocado grove where visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy our quiet surroundings while watching the abundant wildlife and birds that coexist on our farm. For those who want a greater hands on farm experience, please inquire about staying overnight in our guest suite.  We are a Certified Naturally Grown producer of seven different varieties of hops that we sell either "wet" or "dried". Click here for a link to our Facebook page. We also have Educational Experience classes or workshops, farm tours, lecture/presentation, participatory experience.  (ADDED: May 19, 2017, JBS)
  • Harbour Farm & Vineyard - strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apples, pumpkins, corn maze
    3326 Highway 67, Ramona, California, CA 92065. Phone: (619) 261-9617. Email: [email protected]. Open: See their website.  Directions: See their website. Click here for a link to our Facebook page.  (ADDED: May 19, 2017, JBS)
  • Heritage Farms - U-pick pumpkins , U-Pick strawberries, farm market
    3445 E Valley Pky, Escondido, CA 92027. Phone: (760) 741-1932. Open: call for picking hours. Offers customers fresh organic produce, corn maze (in the Fall), petting corral, tortoise races, picnic area. 
    (UPDATED: May 28, 2012, by a visitor)
  • Julian Mining Company - apples, corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberriesJulian Mining Company - apples, corn (sweet), flowers, pumpkins, raspberries (red), strawberries, gift shop, porta-potties are available, picnic area, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, events at your location (call for info)
    4444 highway 78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 951-313-0166. Email: [email protected]. Open: Year around Saturday 10 am to 4 and Sunday 12 pm to 4; October hours Saturday 10 am to 5 and Sunday 10 am to 5. Directions: 3 Miles West of Main Street Julian on highway 78. Click here for a map and directions. Harvest tour includes cider pressing, hayride, and a visit to the animal corral This begins the last weekend of September through November. Payment: Cash, Visa/MasterCard. Spooky night-time hayride (not really spooky, just fun and totally kid-friendly!) please call in advance for reservations/payment. Available Saturday nights in October. We also have year around gem mining and gold panning as well as field trips featuring Pioneer Life, The Civil War, The Revolutionary War, The Gold Rush and Native Americans. Julian Mining Company also offers various living history tours and field trips such as the California Gold Rush, Civil War Adventure, Native American tour, and Creation Science tours. For those that 'drop by' a bag of mining rough can be purchased and used at the extensive sluice box, Gold Panning trough, or 'rockers' to reveal gold and other semi-precious gems and minerals. Other activities include tomahawk throwing and archery.  (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS) .
  • Kenny's Strawberry Farm - Kenny's Strawberry Farmsbeans, pumpkins, strawberries, U-pick and already picked, farm market, gift shop, porta-potties, picnic area, picnic area (bring your own food), school tours
    953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: (951) 212-5805. Email: [email protected]. Open: Wednesday - Sunday 10am to 6pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Picking updates: Click here for picking updates.  15 Freeway South Exit Rainbow Valley Blvd, Turn Left Right on Old highway 395 Left 5th Street Destination is on the left at the end of the paved road (past the fire station) 15 Freeway North Exit Rainbow Valley Blvd, turn right Right on Old highway 395 Left 5th Street Destination is on the left at the end of the paved road (past the fire station). Click here for a map and directions.  U-Pick Strawberry Season February-July; Check website for opening date. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page. U Pick Crops; We ‘grow-em and you pick-em'. We offer a variety of crops for you to pick at Kenny's Strawberry Farm, also known as "Temecula Valley Strawberry Farms". The crops will vary by the time of year and what season we are in. (UPDATED: January 31, 2018)   (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)
  • Kevin's Strawberry Farm - Strawberry, concession stand (drinks, snacks and/or food)
    5452 5th Street, Fallbrook, CA 92028. Phone: (951) 212-5805. Open: Fridays and Saturdays. Directions: Call for directions. Payment: Cash, only.. Hydroponic strawberries
    A visitor writes on May 28, 2014: "Had a great time with the kids cutting berries. "
  • MJ Ranch - No pesticides are used, apples
    1111 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: (760) 604-3070. Email: [email protected]. Open: September, see their website for exact dates,, from 10 am to 4 pm. Call for large groups.   (ADDED: August 5, 2013X)
  • Peacefield Orchard - apples
    3803 Wynola Road, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: (760) 443-3930. Email: [email protected]. Open: September 11, Start of the 2013 Season; Saturday and Sunday with no appointment, Monday through Saturday 8am to 6pm , and by appointment only on Monday through Friday. U-PICK apple orchard. Plus Healthy Chocolate & Healthy Coffee. U-Pick. Note: there are a variety of contentious and conflicting reviews on Yelp about this orchard.  On the Grower-Lead Orchard and Farm Tour, you will see, taste and experience numerous examples of peaceful, biodynamic harmony. Private tours are available by advance appointment, year-round. You will observe and learn about composting, soil working and care, edible greens, beneficial bugs and more. Each person on the tour will be able to harvest and take home any crops currently available! (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS) 
  • Sentenac Ranch - No pesticides are used, apples, restrooms, picnic area (bring your own food), farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties
    3515 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 858-342-1667. Email: [email protected]. Open: September 16 and 17, from 10 am to 4 m. Directions: From San Diego, take the 8 East to 67 North, which becomes the 78. From Escondido: Head east on the 78. Make left when you enter Ramona onto Main Street which becomes the 78. Turn right into driveway at 3515 highway 78. We have a big sign that says "Sentenac Ranch 3515". We are between Wynola and Julian. Follow driveway all the way in - 1.2 miles. Please click Google Map for a visual. Click here for a map and directions. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Payment: Cash, only. We use nothing but water on our trees.  .Sentenac Ranch is truly one of the most breathtaking properties in all of California just about an hour outside San Diego.Our secluded Julian venue is available for corporate events, weddings, family reunions, bar mitzvah and other celebrations. This family owned and operated ranch is taken care of with love; it shows from the manicured apple orchard to the well-groomed walking trails. We pride ourselves on providing you with an experience you will not soon forget. Beautiful lake and picnic area right next to the apple orchard. We are the only no-spray orchard in Julian. No pesticides are used, uses natural growing practices. (UPDATED: August 24, 2017)  (UPDATED: September 12, 2016)
  • Shadow Creek Ranch - Uses natural growing practices, apples, apricots, figs, lemons, nectarines, oranges, other citrus, peaches, plums, tangerines,
    14871 Mussey Grade Rd, Ramona, CA 92065. Phone: 858-336-5370. Email: [email protected]. Open: UPDATE: June 17, 2017: The owner tells me tclosed for the 2017 sdeason, back in 2018 Call for appointment. Directions: For a map to our farm, click here. Oranges and lemons are available January through April. We use natural practices, but are not yet certified Organic. Payment: Cash, only. Herbs, Figs, Apples, Oranges, Lemons, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pluots, Apricots, Persimmons.  (UPDATED: February 02, 2017) (UPDATED: June 27, 2016) (UPDATED: March 24, 2016) (ADDED: July 27, 2015)
  • Summer's Past Farm - herbs, pumpkin patch, corn maze, herbal soapmaking
    15602 Old Hwy 80, Flinn Springs, CA, 92021. Phone: (619) 390-1523.
    A visitor writes: "There is a lot to do for children like making a fairy garden, corn mazes, sweet pea mazes. There is also herb paper making, herb soap making, herbal oil, vinegar, and more in there class schedule, Very child friendly, coffee bar with pastries, fun, touristy, and wonderful animals everywhere. A shop for those who want to buy the harvested goodies.. "
  • Volcan Valley Apple Farm - apples
    1284 Julian Orchards Dr. Julian, CA 92036. Phone: 760-807-1816. Email: [email protected]. Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; Appointment only on Monday through Friday. Directions: call or email. Family Fun 7000 trellis grown apple trees, 7 varieties easy hand picking by all ages. Contact for "Group" and "Special" needs' arrangements.  (UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)
  • Wholesome Heritage Farms Pumpkin Patch - U-pick strawberries, Uses natural growing practices,
    21345 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, CA. Phone: 760-746-8822. Open year-round. Fresh organic produce, U-pick strawberries, corn stock maze (in the Fall), petting corral, tortoise races, picnic area. School and group tours welcome. $5 per person and includes a pumpkin. Open through October 31, noon-6 pm.
  • Weidners' Gardens - U-pick operation for flowers, plants, bulbs
    695 Normandy Road, Encinitas, CA, 92024. Phone: 760-436-2194 or 760-436-3681. Email: [email protected]. Open: Monday to Sunday 9:30 - 5. Closed Tuesday. Winter . Open: 9:30-4:30. Workshops, farm tour, garden/nursery tour, ag gifts/crafts. Directions: I-5 to Leucadia Blvd. Exit, then east to Notmandy Rd at Piraeus St.(UPDATED: May 10, 2017, JBS)

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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