U-Pick Fun in SLO County

One of my favorite things about summer time and living on the Central Coast is U-PICK. We eat tons and tons of fresh fruit all summer (and freeze plenty to use during the off-season), and it’s fun to get out in the field to pick our own–not to mention that it’s often cheaper than buying already picked and packaged.

While we did attempt to verify the information listed under each farm, not all the information has been confirmed as of May 26, 2017. It is recommended that you call or email before heading out to a farm for U-Pick. The farms with a * before the name have not yet been verified.

Avila Valley Barn

  • Location: 560 Avila Valley Drive, San Luis Obispo
  • U-Pick: Peaches & Olallieberries (sporatic, so call first); 
    Apples (August-September); Pumpkins (October)
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through December
  • ​Contact: 
    805-595-2810 or customer_support@avilavalleybarn.com

Cal Poly Fruit and Crops

  • Location: 1 California Polytechnic State University, use the Highland Drive entance off Highway 1, San Luis Obispo. When entering campus on Highland Drive just follow the signs, the U-pick entrance is located on Mt. Bishop Road. Please Park inside the fenced orchard.
  • U-Pick: Peaches and nectarines, $2/pound
  • Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Friday (call hotline to check)
  • ​Contact: 805-756-6778 (U-Pick Hotline)
  • More info: Certified organic. Parking is free on the weekends.

Dragon Spring Farm

  • Location: 6115 Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria
  • U-Pick: Blueberries
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays (Memorial Day weekend through late June–call to check)
  • ​Contact: 805-927-2825 or dragonspringfarm@gmail.com
  • More info: Cash only.

Jack Creek Farms

  • Location: 5000 Highway 46 West, Templeton
  • U-Pick: sweet onions and garlic (early June); blackberries (late June and early July); lavender (mid-Juy); peaches and plums (July and August); heirloom tomatoes (August); apples (September through November)
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Monday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday (late May through September); check for hours in October through December
  • ​Contact: 805-239-1915 or info@JackCreekFarms.com
  • More info: ​Uses natural growing practices and hosts events throughout the year.

Rutiz Farms

  • Location: 1075 The Pike, Arroyo Grande
  • U-Pick: Strawberries (May & June); raspberries (August) $3.50/pound
  • Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays & Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays
  • ​Contact: info@rutizfarms.com
  • Other info: pesticide-free, organically fertilized. Bring your own containers

SLO Creek Farms

  • Location: 6455 Monte Road, San Luis Obispo
  • U-Pick: Apples (starts in August)
  • Hours: TBA
  • ​Contact: 702-245-3135 or slocreekfarms@live.com
  • More info: ​Certified organic

Willow Brook Blueberries

  • Location: 8320 Huasna Road, Arroyo Grande
  • U-Pick: Blueberries
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (call first)
  • ​Contact: willowbrookblueberries@gmail.com
  • More info: ​Certified organic