Looking for a local, pick-your-own farm in The Santa Cruz County area of California? Scroll down this page and you will see the U-Pick farms in The Santa Cruz 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 "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just steal it from us once in a great while (they are plagiarists operating in Russia and China), so theirs are usually out-of-date -and often copied incorrectly!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 March 2018, and other
Notes for March 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
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copied their information form here and usually do not ever update. Since
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The Santa Cruz County area of California U-Pick Farms and Orchards, by county
Click on the resources drop-down above, if you need a county map
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:
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 11, 2017, JBS)
Crystal Bay Farm -
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.
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.
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. STRAWBERRIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR $4.00 PER POUND.
RASPBERRIES (RED & GOLDEN) TAY, OLALLIE, BLACK BERRIES ARE $6.00 PER
PINT AND AVAILABLE LATE AUGUST-SEPTEMBER JUNE-OCTOBER ODESSA SUMMER
SQUASH .50 A POUND (UPDATED: May 11, 2017, 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: 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
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
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. (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:
[email protected]. Open: select Saturdays, 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. (UPDATED: May 11, 2017, JBS)
Berry Farm - ORGANIC,
25 Swanton Road, Davenport, CA. Phone:
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 11, 2017, JBS)