Updated for 2021
Who wants to go strawberry picking? Have you ever wanted to pick your own fruit, fresh from the farm? Is there any other family activity that’s as fun – and delicious? Not to mention educational, since you can help your kids learn about where their food comes from.
These hard-working family farms, near Los Angeles, and all over Southern California, offer the chance to go strawberry picking (or any other fruit in season), and enjoy seeing your food in its natural state. Sometimes called “U-Pick,” the idea is you and your family will do a bit of work and get to eat all the fresh fruit you gather.
In Los Angeles we are lucky to be able to pick fruit all year long, within just a couple hours’ drive. The time to pick Strawberries in in the Spring, you pick Cherries in the early Summer, and apple picking happens in the Fall. But there are also blueberries, apricots, plums, and pumpkins, too, just to name a few others. Plus there’s all the vegetables!
Find a U-Pick Farm Near Me – Map
- Child-Friendly Farms in Los Angeles County
- Strawberry Picking San Diego
- Ventura County Family Farms
- U Pick Farms in San Bernardino County
- Berry Picking Farms in Orange County
- Riverside County Child Friendly Farms
- Berry Picking in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties
Related: Cherry Picking Los Angeles
Pick Your Own Fruit: Locally Grown and Farm Fresh
We’ve got a great big list of Farms to take kids where you can Pick Your Own fruits and vegetables. You can find U-Pick Farms in LA County, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and even San Diego County.
And if you’d rather not pick your own, most of these farms have terrific farm stands, some with drive-though, so you can get fresh fruit and veggies direct from the farm, whether you get your hands dirty or not.
Things to Know Before You Go
Always call the farm first; their website may not be updated for that day’s picking hours, or they may have run out of fruit, it happens. The point is: Be sure to check with each farm before you go, because things change all the time and they may not be open after all. Plan ahead: you may need to bring cash or make a reservation. And at this time, you may need to wear masks and practice physical distancing.
Wherever you go pick, and whatever fruit you choose, we hope you and your family have a great time!
Looking for U Pick farms all over California? Check out this great website.
Fruit in Season
When is Strawberry Season, and when can we pick cherries or oranges? Here’s a list of all the fruit seasons in SoCal.
Strawberries are grown year-round, but many people think the peak season is from April-July.
Citrus, like lemons and tangerines, are usually in season from February to October.
Cherries can usually be picked in May and June.
Blueberry season usually starts in May and lasts into August.
Apple picking season usually begins in late September and lasts into November.
U Pick Farms – Ventura County
The Abundant Table Farm
(McGrath Family Farm)
1012 W. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, CA 93010
Fruits they grow: Strawberries, as well as other fruits and vegetables. This non-profit farm is BIPOC owned and dedicated to helping their community.
Underwood Family Farms
Underwood: Moorpark Farm Center
3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA 93021
Fruits they grow: Strawberries, as well as many other fruits and vegetables, although not all of them are available for U Pick. They’re known for having seasonal festivals perfect for families. Always check with them before heading out, just in case.
Underwood: Somis Farm Center
5696 E. Los Angeles Ave, Somis, CA 93066
Fruits they grow: Strawberries, as well as many other fruits and vegetables, although not all of them are available for U Pick.
Related: Things to do in Ojai with kids.
In the Fall, try our list of Farms for Apple Picking, many of which are located in San Bernardino County.
Pick Your Own Fruit – San Bernardino County
Los Rios Rancho
39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA, 92399
Fruits they grow: Strawberries, apples and more berries.
Berry Picking Farms – Orange County
5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine, California 92612
Fruits they grow: Strawberries, as well as many other vegetables – and pumpkins. This child friendly farm is also known for seasonal festivals. Please check with them regarding ticket sales and availability of fruit before you go.
South Coast Farms
33201 Ortega Hwy San Juan Capistrano 92675
Fruits they grow: Strawberries and other vegetables. Open for U Pick during strawberry season.
Strawberry Picking – San Diego County
Carlsbad Strawberry Company
1050 Cannon Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Fruits they grow: strawberries and flowers
Julian Farm and Orchard
4444 State Hwy 78 Julian/Wynola CA 92036
Fruits they grow: strawberries and pumpkins
Kenny’s Strawberry Farm
953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fruits they grow: strawberries
Related: our Guide to the San Diego Zoo.
U-Pick Strawberries in the Central Coast
3665 Dominion Road, Santa Maria, California 93454
Don’t be fooled by the name: This farm may be known for blueberries (obviously), but they also grow blackberries, strawberries, flowers, tomatoes – all available for Pick Your Own.
Related: Where to Pick Blueberries in SoCal
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