Spring means the beginning of the seasonal harvest season for a bunch of fruits and veggies, including a San Diego favorite – strawberries! If you’re itching to get out there and pick your own instead of buying them at the market, treat yourself to one of these u-pick strawberry farms in San Diego, one of which has been growing the delicious red berries for more than 50 years.
The Carlsbad Strawberry Company is one of the oldest family-run u-pick farms in San Diego; their 40 acres of strawberries have been growing in Carlsbad for more than 50 years! The temperate climate in Carlsbad and the proximity to the Pacific Ocean makes for ideal strawberry growing conditions. A small basket is $10 and the larger size will cost you $20. They even give you some water to rinse off the berries before popping them in your mouth. Open 9am-6pm daily. 1050 Cannon Rd, Carlsbad, 92008.
This year, Suzie’s Farm is hosting Strawberry Jam every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. It’s a fun, family-oriented festival that celebrates strawberries and lets you pick your own (while supplies last). U-Pick crops are sold by container only, which the farm provides. Strawberries are $4/pint, limit one pint per person. Beets, carrots, kale, and chard are $4/twist tie, limit one pint per person. While you’re there, enjoy tasty bites from Harvest Kitchen & Suzie’s Hot Eats (wood-fired pizzas); live music will be provided by Tinkersmith.
The last Strawberry Jam is Saturday, April 30; if you miss it, don’t worry! The farm offers weekly Public Farm tours that consist of a 90 minute walkabout through the fields and the chance to harvest veggies together to take home. Tours are $10/person and $10/bag of harvested vegetables. The farm advises everyone to wear long pants, close-toed shoes – no sandals – and bring a hat, sunscreen, and plenty of drinking water. 2570 Sunset Ave, San Diego 92154.
A local, family owned U-Pick farm located in Rainbow, just outside of Fallbrook. They offer a variety of fresh crops for picking throughout the year, including strawberries, watermelons, pumpkins, hydroponic vegetables, and Christmas Trees. Bring the whole family to pick your own produce, have a picnic, and experience real farm life for a day.
All of the strawberries you pick are going straight from the vine to your table – it doesn’t get any fresher than that. Right now the only crop they have available for picking is strawberries, but hydroponic veggies will be ready starting in May. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. 953 Rainbow Valley Blvd., Fallbrook 92028.
If you’re looking for some authentic farm-to-table cuisine, you don’t have to go very far – Girard Gourmet in La Jolla brings produce in fresh from their farm every day to make some of the most delicious sandwiches, salads, and soups in town.
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