We are so fortunate to live in a area where we can receive fresh fruit and produce year round easily and abundantly. There are many farms that are open to the public for farm tours, U-Picks, and produce stands. Below are some of our favorites and be sure to check out our Farm Map to find a farm near you.
The Nest Box
The Nest Box in San Martin is the place to go for a full farm experience. We started off our visit by gathering produce to feed the goats. After we were done creating out “goat salad” we fed them and met the resident ponies. Next up was a light lunch consisting of items made on the farm. Once our bellies were full we fed the chickens and cows. We finished our visit by collecting eggs from the two chicken coops on property. It’s an amazing hands-on experience that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy. You can book a farm visit or farm stay at www.thenestbox.net.
The Urban Edge Farm
We visited The Urban Edge Farm recently and got some sunshine, fresh air, and enjoyed some fresh peaches picked from the tree. U-Pick orchards are open for various fruits throughout the year depending on availability. They also have a farm stand with organic fruit and veggies in addition to CSA boxes and an online shop.
Frog Hollow Farm
Frog Hollow Farm is known for their legendary fruit. Their peaches are especially perfect and ship (nationwide) to your door! With grilling season in full swing, you won’t be disappointed by tossing a few peaches on the grill. We made an amazing salad with prosciutto, burrata, and the star of the show, peaches! Frog Hollow Farm is open to the public for farm visits and events.
B & R Farms
B & R Farms is home to the endangered Blenheim Apricot. They are located in Hollister and hosted San Benito County’s first-ever Apricot U-Pick event. Every year they have a few select dates for u-pick events. They also hold a holiday market with local small businesses featuring artisanal foods, home decor, arts and crafts, woodwork, clothing, specialty soaps and body products, and more. Enjoy BBQ and warm apricot cider during your visit! Their store is open throughout the year Monday – Saturday and their shop is available online as well.
Three Nunns Farms
Three Nunns Farms in Brentwood has amazing U-Pick cherry orchards. They also have picked fruit available as well as fruit trees so you can grow your own! It’s a great way to spend time outside with your family and get some delicious fruit. We recommend going on the weekdays and/or mornings to avoid crowds. We went in the morning and had a whole row of trees to ourselves! Happy harvest!
Andreotti Family Farms
Andreotti Family Farms is the only place in the state where you can cut your own sunflowers! They are a fourth generation family run farm in Half Moon Bay and sell only what they grow. In addition to flowers they also have a pumpkin patch in the fall and grow produce year round including kale, cabbage, beets, carrots, beans, and more! Definitely worth a trip and great fun for the whole family.
Skyline Chestnut Farm
Have you ever harvested chestnuts? Skyline Chestnuts is a gather-your-own, all natural and pesticide free chestnut orchard high up in the Skyline Open Space Preserve. Many of the trees are over 150 years old and of European variety. Gathering the nuts is lots of fun, but wear sturdy shoes and the gloves they provide or else the burrs will surely poke you! Check their website for specific times and to make sure there are still lots of nuts available to gather. Tip: bring a pair of tongs to make it easier to separate the nuts from the outside burrs.
G & S Farms
G & S Farms has been a family business for three generations, so they certainly know how to grow amazing produce! We visited for U-Pick cherries and learned tips during our visit too; picking with stem on will preserve the cherries for longer, as will refrigerating them. Make sure not to wash or rinse them until you are ready to eat, or they will be quicker to spoil.
High Ground Organics
High Ground Organics in Watsonville is the perfect place to go for U-Pick blueberries. The bushes are low to the ground and the berries come off easily making it ideal for young children. Their produce is available at local farmer’s markets as well.
Broken Road Farm
Where in the Bay Area can you find a Scottish Highland Cow? Broken Road Farm has three of these furry beauties that you can pet, feed, and take dozens of photos with. This cute little farm in Brentwood also has goats, donkeys, chickens, and two new baby pigs! They have monthly events open to public and is also available for project parties, private groups, birthday parties and team building.