Blueberries are a delicious fruit, filled with antioxidants, and you can find them grown locally at many farms in Southern California. And the cool thing is, you can pick your own blueberries at most of these farms!
California grows multiple millions of pounds of blueberries every year, and exports them all around the world, not to mention all over the state!
Blueberries can be eaten fresh, of course, but they can also be used in baking and cooking. Blueberry muffins, pies, and pancakes are well-known, but they can also be used in salads, cocktails, and roasted with meats. These little berries are very versatile!
Know Before You Go
Within a short drive of Los Angeles, you’ll find many farms for picking your own blueberries, but if you’re planning to visit one, be sure to check with each farm ahead of time. Each days’ harvest must be carefully managed, which can result in picking being canceled for the next day.
Follow the farms on social media — or give them a call. They’ll let you know whether they’re picking and what rules they have in place.
Some farms discourage you from bringing pets with you, some ask that you bring your own buckets, some farms have picnic grounds, and some have harvest festivals — each one is unique. Wherever you go, we hope you enjoy it!
Fruit in Season
When is blueberry season, and when can we pick cherries or strawberries? Here’s a list of all the fruit seasons in SoCal:
- Blueberry season usually starts in May and can last into August.
- Cherries can usually be picked in May and June.
- 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.
- Apple picking season usually begins in late September and lasts into November.
Related: Cherry Picking in SoCal
Blueberry Picking in Riverside County
Temecula Berry Co.
39700 Cantrell Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
Founded in the 90s, this farm grows blueberries and lets you pick your own fruit every season — usually in May and June. They also sell honey, jams, syrup, and more.
Currently, the farm is closed. They plan to reopen in May of 2022.
Related: Fun Things To Do in Temecula
Pick Your Own Fruit Farms — San Bernardino County
Stone Soup Farm
12131 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399
Open seasonally, this farm is known for apples in the fall, blackberries, and raspberries in the summer. Organically grown flowers are a newer addition to the farm. They’ve also got a kitchen garden and offer farm visits as well as hosting multiple festivals each year.
Snow Line Orchard
39400 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa, CA 92399-9752
This farm is known for its apples, honey, cider — and for U-Pick raspberries in the summer. They also host a terrific Apple Blossom Festival in the spring.
1545 E. San Bernardino Ave., Redlands, CA 92374
This farm is known for its raw honey, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and a very fun seasonal specialty — Christmas trees. They also sell jams, vegetables, and their famous BBQ sauce. They offer U-Pick blueberries in season.
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In the Fall, try our list of Farms for Apple Picking, many of which are located in San Bernardino County.
U Pick Farms — Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo Counties
Dragon Spring Farm
6115 Santa Rosa Creek Rd., Cambria, CA 93428
This farm is known for growing many fruits and vegetables, and for hosting U-Pick blueberries in season. They also offer shampoo and conditioning bars, facial products, and body products. You may not bring pets along when visiting the farm.
Jack Creek Farms
5000 Highway 46 West, Templeton, CA 93465
This farm is known for growing lots of fruits and vegetables, and they offer Pick-Your-Own for everything! Try picking your own blackberries, lavender, peaches, plums, tomatoes, apples, and more. They host a Pumpkin Festival in the fall, too.
Related: Strawberry Picking in Los Angeles
3665 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454
This farm is known for blueberries (obviously), and they offer U-Pick when in season. They also grow blackberries, strawberries, flowers, and tomatoes – all available for Pick-Your-Own. They sell honey, pumpkins, jams, and olive oil.
Santa Barbara Blueberries
1980 US Highway 101, Gaviota, CA 93117
This farm is known for blueberries (no surprise), and they also grow raspberries and blackberries, cantaloupes, watermelons, and wild honey. They sell lots of other products, including some made with blueberries.
Summerset Farm and Dale’s Nursery
3450 Baseline Ave., Santa Ynez, CA 93460
This farm is known for all kinds of fruits and vegetables, as well as jams and even wine barrels. Because they’re a nursery, too, you can buy plants to take home and grow.