There are benches outside where you can relax and tuck into your fresh picked strawberries, or perhaps their strawberry shortcake – crisp biscuit with strawberry filling and fresh country cream to top it off. There are also a number of strawberry products to get your taste buds doing a tap dance of delight – strawberry jam made in small batches, decadent tarts, desserts and preserves all redolent of the sun-ripened fruit that mass-produced products simply cannot compete with. This farm does organic in the right way – sweet fruit with quality flavor due to methods that are just a little different – visit to find out more from the staff.
When: Open daily from 8 am to 7 pm. Call ahead to check they have sufficient strawberries for picking.
Travelling time: Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes (66.5 miles) via CA-1 S/Cabrillo Hwy N.
Phone: (831) 469-8804
After the fruit picking in the sunshine (remember to take a hat and sunscreen), stop off and test their pies – they advertise there’re the best this side of the Rockies. Load up with some fresh berry jams and their award-winning apple juice. Besides the strawberries, they have Olallieberries (a cross between a youngberry and a blackberry, which in turn were crosses – so basically a load of delicious berriness in one! They also have boysenberries and apples. You can bring your own containers or buy boxes at the ranch for a fee.
When: Phone to find out when the strawberries will be ready.
Travelling time: Around 1 hour 36 min (89.0 miles) via US-101 S from downtown San Francisco.
Phone: (831) 722-1056