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Strawberry U-Pick Orchards in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in California in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for strawberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have strawberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

San Luis Obispo County

  • BeeWench Farm - Registered naturally grown, apples, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, flowers, horseradish, herbs or spices, lavender, melons, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, winter squash, strawberries, tomatoes, other vegetables, Other fruit or veg, Turkeys, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, picnic area you may bring your own food, farm animals, school tours, group reservations
    198 San Juan Rd, Shandon, CA 93461. Phone: 805-423-7187. Email: Open: Thursday and Friday 9am to 1pm By appointment. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard.
    BeeWench Farm Facebook page. . . We are registered naturally grown for all crops. is located on 10 beautiful acres in Shandon where we raise pastured chicken, pastured pork, dairy goats and hens for eggs. We sell meat and eggs at local farmers markets, on the farm and via the Community Supported Agriculture model. Our pastured chicken is also featured on the menu at local restaurants specializing in fresh, organically grown food. (UPDATED: May 02, 2018, JBS) ((ADDED: February 18, 2015)
  • Cal Poly Pomona - strawberries
    4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, CA 91768. Phone: (909) 869-6722. Email: Open: PICK-YOUR-OWN Strawberries will begin Saturday in mid-May May 18th in 2019 until the season ends. Directions: Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch, Located just south of Temple Avenue; Use University Dr. or South Campus Dr. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Credit cards.
    Cal Poly Pomona Facebook page. . PICK-YOUR-OWN will begin Saturday in mid-May (May 18th in 2019) until the season ends. See this page for a map. Pumpkins in the Fall. (UPDATED: April 23, 2019, JBS) (ADDED: April 27, 2015, JBS)
  • Rutiz Farms - strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, pumpkins
    1075 The Pike, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420. Phone: . Email: Open: Tuesdays and Fridays: 1-6 pm Saturday 10 am-3pm. Click here for a map and directions.

Santa Barbara County

  • Blueberries Ole'!, LLC - No pesticides are used, blackberries, blueberries, flowers, lavender, strawberries, tomatoes, Honey from hives on the farm, farm market, porta-potties, picnic area you may bring your own food, school tours
    3665 Dominion Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Phone: (805) 260-0497. Email: Open: Typical season is Aril through August, open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm; Closed Monday and Tuesday. Directions: From Highway 101 at the South end of Santa Maria, take the Clark Avenue Exit \(Orcutt\) and head East on Clark to the end \(2+ miles\). Make a left turn onto Dominion Road and go 1.8 miles to our UPICK Farm. We are on the left side of the road. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.
    Blueberries Ole'!, LLC Facebook page. . Alternate Phone: (805) 361-0360. . Typical season is Aril through August, open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm; (Closed Monday and Tuesday). From Highway 101 at the South end of Santa Maria, take the Clark Avenue Exit (Orcutt) and head East on Clark to the end (2+ miles). Make a left turn onto Dominion Road and go 1.8 miles to our UPICK Farm. We are on the left side of the road. Blueberry season usually wraps up in July, while blackberry season starts in June and ends in September; Strawberries are ripening in February and continue through the summer;. We do not use pesticides on the crops. Check our website or Facebook page for updates on events and specials. (UPDATED: February 12, 2020)
  • Summerset Farm & Dale's Nursery - apples, blackberries, raspberries (Autumn, red), strawberries,
    3450 Baseline Ave, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. Phone: 805-895-1199. Email: Open: Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 to 3:30. Directions: Hwy 154 At Baseline & Edison. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check Produce Stand, Pick-Your-Own Berries Local Honey, Homade Jams. . Alternate Phone: 805-895-7902. . Eggs, and the Greatest Pumpkin Patch in the Santa Ynez Valley.
    Comments from a visitor on June 30, 2010: "Went in June so we picked berries. They'd just finished their artichoke season and they have other crops and a pumpkin patch in the fall.,The farm is small but friendly and very convenient just off the main road and easy to pick fruit and vegetables in a contained area with a variety of easily-accessible produce. Also, right in the middle of Santa Ynez wine country so just adds to the experience of the region!"
  • U-Pick Blueberries - blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, lavender, apricots & plums
    3665 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454. Phone: (805) 260-0497. Email: Open: Starting June 6th, Everyday 10AM-4PM; see their Facebook page or website. Click here for a map and directions.
    U-Pick Blueberries Facebook page. . Fun family outing! We offer spray-free in season..for you to pick! Bring your family and friends out for a fun outdoor experience and learn all about all the wonderful things Central Coast Farming has to offer. At , not only can you have fun harvesting seasonal berries, but you can sample while you pick because we don't spray any pesticides! You can also find us on Saturdays at the local farmers markets below:Templeton and San Luis Obispo. Facebook page. (ADDED: June 27, 2022, JBS)


Strawberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

strawberry pick-your-own field

In the U.S. strawberries typically peak during April in Florida and Texas, May in the deep South, and in early June in middle sections and later June in the far North and Canada. Keep in mind that crops are ready at various times of the month depending on which part of the state you are located. In order to produce good local strawberries, producers depend on ideal spring weather conditions. 

Before you leave to go to the farm:

  1. Always call before you go to the farm - strawberries are affected by weather (both rain and cooler temperature) more than most crops. And when they are in season, a large turnout can pick a field clean before noon, so CALL first!
  2. Leave early.  On weekends, then fields may be picked clean by NOON!
  3. strawberry picking bucket from Washington FarmsMost growers furnish picking containers designed for strawberries, but they may charge you for them; be sure to call before you go to see if you need to bring containers.

    strawberries, just picked from the fieldIf you use your own containers, remember that heaping strawberries 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 at right.
  4. Bring 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.Sttawberry bush with ripe strawberries, up close

Tips on How to Pick Strawberries

  1. Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger and the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.

  2. With the stem broken about one-half inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your to pick strawberries

  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 berries. 

  4. Carefully place - don't throw - the fruit into your containers. Repeat the picking process with both hands.

  5. Don't overfill your containers or try to pack the berries down.

General Picking Tips

close-up of the rows in a strawberry patch at at PYO strawberry fieldWhether you pick strawberries from your garden or at a Pick-Your-Own farm, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be careful that your feet and knees do not damage plants or fruit in or along the edge of the row.
  2. Pick only the berries that are fully red. Part the leaves with your hands to look for hidden berries ready for harvest.
  3. To help the farmers, also remove from the plants berries showing rot, sunburn, insect injury or other defects and place them between the rows behind you. If they are left in the plants, the rot will quickly spread to other berries.
  4. Berries to be used immediately may be picked any time, but if you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries picked during the heat of the day become soft, are easily bruised and will not keep well.
  5. Avoid placing the picked berries in the sunshine 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. Strawberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.
  6. For interesting and fun strawberry facts and trivia from the California Strawberry Commission, click here!

When you get home

  1. DON'T wash the berries until you are ready to use them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  2. Pour them out into shallow pans and remove any mushed, soft or rotting berries
  3. Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the caps (green tops) off the others and freeze them up! (Unless you're going to make jam right away) See this page about how to freeze strawberries.
  4. If you like the strawberries you picked, ask the farm what variety they planted, and not the weather conditions the week or two before. The flavor of a strawberry is affected by the variety, the weather and the degree of ripeness when picked.
  5. Now, get ready to make strawberry jam. It is VERY easy - especially with our free strawberry jam instructions - they're illustrated and easy.

Strawberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Strawberries

Strawberry Facts, Measurements and Tips

  • Picking the best strawberries: Select firm, fully red berries. Strawberries DO NOT continue ripen after they are picked! In the photo, only the berry onstrawberries shown in different stages of ripeness the far right is completely ripe.
  • Strawberry festivals: Most areas that grow strawberries have a strawberry festival, at which you can taste all kinds of fresh strawberry foods, pies, jams, cakes - and most commonly, fresh strawberry shortcake.  To find out where and when there is one near you, see this page for a list of strawberry festivals, sorted by state!
  • Strawberries measurements: government agriculture websites tell us that
    1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups and is about the same as 1 liter and
    1 quart of fresh strawberries weighs 1 lbs to 1.25 lbs (or 450 to 600 g). Of course, the weight varies on variety and weather conditions. 
    1 quart is normally enough for 4 servings, although I'll admit my son can eat 1 pint by himself!
  • How much to pick? In general, 1 quart of fresh, whole, just-picked strawberries = approximately 3.5 cups hulled, whole berries. In other words, removing the caps/hulls and the occasional mushy berry means you lose 1/4 cup to 1/2 (it depends how much fruit you remove with the hull) or about 7 to 12% of every quart you pick.
  • One cup of strawberries contains only about 50 calories
  • U-pick strawberries are much healthier than store-bought.  Consumer reports says store bought strawberries have so many pesticide and fungicide residues on they, that they don't recommend you eat them at all!
  • U-pick strawberry farms typically sell berries by the pound. 1 lbs of fresh strawberries is about 2/3 of a quart.
  • It takes about  10 to 15 minutes to pick a quart, if the berries are reasonably plentiful
  • The strawberry plant adapts to wide variety of soil conditions, but does not tolerate drought well, and the berries quickly rot if the weather is rainy. For this reason, the plants are usually grown on raised beds through plastic mulch!
  • Cultivation of strawberries began in Europe in the 1300's, but the berry only became very popular in the early 1900's in California.
  • Do the math and be careful not to over-purchase as strawberries quickly mold when left at room temperature, and only last a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • 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.crowded parking at a Strawberry u-pick field
  • Want to grow your own strawberries?  Here's an article about how to: Strawberries are an Excellent Fruit for the Home Garden, HYG-1424-98!
  • See this page for many more fun and interesting strawberry facts, nutritional information and trivia

Other weird strawberry facts

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.
  • Strawberries were originally called strewberries because the fruit was 'strewn' amongst the leaves of the plant.
  • California is king of strawberry productions because: California produces 75 percent of the nation's strawberry crops; one billion pounds of strawberries each year.  If all the strawberries produced in California in one year were laid berry to berry, they would go around the world 15 times. Each acre of land in California in strawberry production produces an average of 21 tons of strawberries annually, with a total of 23,000 acres of strawberries planted in California each year.

More conversions

1 pint (2 cups)  of fresh whole strawberries

  • = about 8 oz (1/2 lb) of strawberries
  • = 2.25 cups of sliced strawberries
  • = 1 cup pureed strawberries
  • = 12-14 large strawberries

2 quarts of fresh strawberries are needed for a 9" pie

A 10 oz package of frozen berries is about the same as 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries


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