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12 Places to Pick Your Own Produce

Many local farms in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties invite you to pick your own fruits and veggies fresh from their fields and orchards. It’s a growing trend in the farming community called “U-Pick.” Here are a dozen local places you can try U-Pick.

Santa Barbara County:

1. Santa Barbara Blueberries, Gaviota – You’ve probably seen this farm’s sign while driving along Highway 101. While blueberry season is now over, you can still pick raspberries and blackberries. Visit them 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. daily at 1980 U.S. Hwy 101, Gaviota. (805) 686-5718.

2. Folded Hills, Gaviota – Harvest your own organic fruits and vegetables from this farmstead Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2323 Old Coast Highway, Gaviota. (805) 689-1450.

3. Summerset Farm, Santa Ynez – This is a popular spot to pick raspberries under the Santa Ynez sun with the whole family. Call ahead to find out what else is ripe on the farm. 3450 Baseline Avenue, Santa Ynez. (805)245-0989.

4. Apple Lane Farm, Solvang – This family farm is at the height of gala apple season. 1200 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang. (805) 688-5481.

5. Seein’ Spots Farm, Solvang – Originally known as “Ballard Apple Farm,” this farm is now best known for its miniature donkeys. On weekends from August-November, you can visit with the donkeys and pick apples. 2599 Baseline Avenue, Solvang. (805) 688-2275. 

6. Morrell Nut & Berry Farm, Solvang – This Solvang U-Pick spot is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. but the fresh fruit is worth the trip. Call ahead to find out what’s in season. 1980 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang. (805) 688-8969.

7. U-Pick Blueberries, Santa Maria – Pluck strawberries and blueberries right from the field at this Santa Maria farm. Call ahead before visiting. 3607 Dominion Road, Santa Maria. (805) 260-0497.

San Luis Obispo County:

8. Rutiz Family Farms, Arroyo Grande – Pick all the blackberries and raspberries your heart desires at this U-Pick farm. The blackberry field is open for U-Pick Tuesdays & Fridays 12-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your own basket or container and wear closed-toe shoes to protect from blackberry thorns. 1075 “The Pike,” Arroyo Grande. www.rutizfarms.com.

9. Avila Valley Barn, Avila Beach/San Luis Obispo – This farm is perhaps best known for its photogenic wall of pumpkins and iconic fall harvest setting. However, it’s also a great spot to pick berries, apples, peaches and of course, pumpkins. Call to find out what’s in season. 560 Avila Beach Drive, SLO. (805) 595-2816.

10. SLO Creek Farms, San Luis Obispo – The farm opens this weekend for U-Pick season! Now through November is prime apple picking time at this U-Pick farm. The apple stand is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Veggies, flowers, herbs and pumpkins are also available for U-Pick. Be sure to call before you visit. 6455 Monte Road, SLO. (702) 245-3135.

11. Jack Creek Farms, TempletonHere’s a look at the U-pick program at this farm located on Highway 46 in Templeton. Right now, you can pick from about 30 varieties of apples, over 50 types of heirloom tomatoes and later this fall, more than 100 kinds of pumpkins and squash will be ripe. Open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 5000 Hwy 46 West, Templeton. (805) 239-1915.

12. Indian Valley U-Pick Farms, San Miguel – Picking season at this farm runs from June to December and is open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must call ahead and leave a message. Marguerite will call you back with directions and availability. 72444 Indian Valley Road, San Miguel. (805) 227-5660.

Please let us know about your favorite local U-Pick farm in the comments. If you visit at U-Pick farm, take a picture with your bounty and post it with #beonksby!

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