Raspberry U-Pick Orchards in Ventura County, California in 2023, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for raspberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have raspberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
- McGrath Family Farm - CERTIFIED ORGANIC, beets, blackberries, cherries, other berries, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), strawberries, tomatoes, winter squash,
1012 Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo, CA 93010. Phone: 805 983-0333. Email: McGrath.email@example.com. Open: from 9 to 6 daily, mid March through December 31st, call ahead to check availability. Directions: Headed south on 101 freeway exit Central Avenue in Camarillo and right turn on to Ventura Blvd. Market is on your left. Heading north on 101 freeway exit Central Avenue in Camarillo and go left over freeway overpass and right turn on to Ventura Blvd. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
McGrath Family Farm Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: 805 485-4210. Fax: 805 983-3388. . We are certified organic for all crops! School tours welcome. Check our website for more information and for prices. We offer a Community Supported Agriculture program Spring Summer and Fall. Call for prices or visit our website. Farming on the coast of Southern California for 5 generations is the finest blessing this Irish American farm family could ever hope for- the deepest topsoil and the best climate produces a utopian garden farm. We are a sustainable farm that grows a high diversity of year-round organic fruits and vegetables for our community. Come shop the SEASONS at our roadside market! (UPDATED: June 29, 2019, JBS)
- Underwood Family Farms Somis - blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries & Blackberries
5696 Los Angeles Avenue, Somis, CA 93066. Phone: 805-386-4660. Open: PYO Blueberries from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-July, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Daily. Directions: Located in Somis or at Tierra Rejada in Moorpark, where you can purchase their field-fresh produce and say hi to their farm animals. Click here for a map and directions. . Fax: 805-386-3994. Tractor Rides to the Fields (9am -2pm Weekends only), Free Parking. 1lb & 2 lb Containers Provided; Priced by the Pound. Underwood is a pick-your-own grower of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits in Ventura County, California. They offer a wide variety of services and activities tailored for the entire family, including pick-your-own produce, birthday parties at their Farm Animal Center, school tours, gift baskets (shipped anywhere in the U.S.), and the Fall Harvest Festival in October. You can also visit them at one of their Farm Markets, . Or visit them at one of the 12 Certified Farmers' Markets that they participate in throughout the week. NOTE: There is admission fee to pick, so be sure you read this page on Underwood's website. Bring the entire family, young & old, for a fun, educational day "out on the farm." Children love it! For your convenience, we have a number of pull-wagons to transport your "prize pickings" and/or children from the field to the Farm Market area. There is no reservation required for pick-your-own. Only for educational, school farm tours. Underwood Family Farms Moorpark (Tierra Rejada) - strawberries, tomatoes, vegetables3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93066. Phone: 805-529-3690. Fax: 805-529-6037. Pick Your Own Roma Tomatoes are available for picking on Labor Day Weekend - Saturday, September 2 & Sunday, September 3 from 6:00am to 12:00pm. The price is $.25/pound. Offers a Farm Market, Animal Center, Pick Your Own Produce, Fall Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark (see below) Wagon Rides, Birthday Parties, Educational Tours. At Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark, you and your family can enjoy the true farm experience. Come pick your ownfruits and vegetables on our fully operational working farm. It's a great day outdoors for the entire family! You can also enjoy the convenience of shopping at ourFarm Marketfor the same field-fresh produce, jarred products, snacks, and ice-cold beverages.Educational Farm Toursbring school groups from far and wide to pick fruits and vegetables and learn about farm life. TheFarm Animal Centerhas farm animal displays, pony rides, activities and games. You can even host a child's birthday party by reservation. Weddings also take place in the walnut grove at the back of the farm.Fall Harvest Festival at Tierra Rejada Family Farms, October. Pick-your-own pumpkin in our HUGE pumpkin patch, Clydesdale-drawn hay rides, antique and new farm equipment and machinery displays, fun photo ops, GIANT PUMPKIN display, and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Baby animal petting and grooming corral, Pony rides. (UPDATED: April 27, 2015, JBS)
Raspberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
Raspberries can produce an early summer crop or a late summer and Fall
the U.S. Spring / Summer raspberries (called florocanes) typically peak during June in the South, and in July in
the North. The primocane varieties, which produce raspberries on shoots that
come up each Spring are typically read from August until frost.
In addition to the variety a farm plants, the berries are ready at various times depending
the local climate, such as which part of the state you are located.
See this page for a list of
raspberry festivals around the U.S.
And for those of you from the upper midwest through the west and up
to Canada, if you are interested in
Thimbleberries, see this
Before you leave to go to the farm:
Always call before you go to the farm - And when they are in season, a large
turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
early. On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
Most growers furnish picking containers designed for raspberries, but they
may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to
If you use your own containers, remember that heaping raspberries more than
5 inches deep will bruise the lower berries.
Plastic dishpans, metal oven pans with 3 inch tall sides and large
pots make good containers. I like the Glad storage containers like the one
something to drink and a few snacks; you'd be surprised how you can work up
a thirst and appetite! And don't forget hats and sunscreen for the sun. Bugs
usually aren't a problem, but some deet might be good to bring along if it
has been rainy.
Tips on how to pick raspberries
Raspberry bushes don't have thorns, but they are a pick prickly, so if you
want to hold the stem while picking, a pair of lightweight gloves is
- A ripe raspberry is deep color with a
plump, soft but firm feel. It will pull free from the plant with only a slight tug. The
center will remain on the plant. Keep in mind, raspberries come in many
colors: red, yellow, black, purple, so you want to pick the darker shade of
whichever it is.
- Pick only the berries that are fully ripe. Reach in between the stems to
grab for hidden berries ready for harvest. Bend down and look up into the
plant and you will find loads of berries that other people missed!
- I find it helps to hold the stem with one hand, while picking with the
- Repeat these
operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries. Repeat the picking process with both hands.
- Don't overfill
your containers or try to pack the berries down. Ideally, the collection
containers should be wide so the pberries aren't more than a few deep.
- Pick berries into a shallow container. If they get piled too
deep they will crush each other.
Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunlight any longer than necessary.
It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed than in the car
trunk or on the car seat. Cool them as soon as possible after picking.
When you get home
wash the berries until you are ready to use them or freeze them. Washing
makes them more prone to spoiling.
DO refrigerate! Right after picking, place raspberries in
the fridge. If your fridge tends to dry out produce, lightly cover the
Raspberries don't store for very long, usually just a few days. The reason
the ones from the grocery store last longer is they are covered with
- Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting
- Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash off the others, drain
them and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away)
raspberries are less perishable than blueberries or strawberries, but
refrigerate them as soon as possible after picking. Temperatures between 34
F and 38 F are best, but, be careful not to freeze the raspberries (while
they are in the fridge)!
- Even under ideal conditions raspberries will only keep for a week in a
refrigerator, so for best flavor and texture, use them as soon as possible
- See this page for
illustrated freezing instructions.
- Now, get ready to make raspberry jam - It is VERY easy - especially
with our free
directions - very easy! or for a jam with a little kick, try
- And if you want to freeze them to use later, see my
How to freeze berries
- You can also make your own
- See this page for an easy recipe to make
Raspberries are a very healthy food;
packed with anthocyanins!
Raspberries contain more vitamin C than oranges, are super high in fibre,
lhave a good amount of folic acid, are high in potassium, vitamin A and
- The USDA says 1 cup of raspberries has about 62 calories.
- 11 cup of raspberries, not packed down weighs about 140 grams.
An average raspberry has 100 to 120 seeds.
Select plump, firm, fully raspberries. Unripe berries will not
ripen once picked.
Raspberries belong to a large group of fruits known as brambles, such as
blackberries, in the plant genus Rubus.
Raspberries come in red, yellow, orange, purple and black colors.
Yellow raspberries are red raspberries that don't make red pigment.)
In most areas, raspberries begin to bloom in late May or early June.
Bumblebees, honeybees, and other wild bees love to visit brambles.
- 60-70 pints of fruits can be
harvested from 100 feet row.
Raspberries can be harvested from early
summer through fall, usually right up until a freeze
- The United States is the world's third-largest
producer of raspberries (FAOSTAT, 2013).
- Production occurs across
much of the country, although most of it is concentrated in California,
Oregon and Washington. California leads the nation in both black and red
raspberry production (NASS, 2015).
- According to the most recent Census of Agriculture, the United States
has 8,052 raspberry farms totaling 23,104 acres (Census of Ag, USDA, 2012).
- U-pick raspberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. A quart
equals 1 and 1/4 pounds of fresh berries.
- Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as raspberries quickly
mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the
- You can easily freeze berries that you cannot use right away - just
wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much
air as possible. Those vacuum food sealers REALLY do a good job of this!
The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.
- Want to go to a raspberry festival?
See this page for a list!