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You can pick your own fruit at these family-friendly farms near L.A.

From fresh peaches to tomatoes off the vine, these bountiful farms near L.A. invite you to pick your own produce

Written by
Kate Wertheimer

If you thought L.A.’s farmers’ markets were bountiful, just wait until you check out the best U-pick farms in and around Los Angeles. From strawberry picking in the summer months to apple picking in autumn (we can already smell the homemade pies), these local farms have all the makings of a great day trip for the whole family to enjoy. Imagine strolling down rows of plush orchards, picking your own fresh fruit and vegetables straight off the vine, then bringing the produce home for a true farm-to-table meal. At any one of these U-pick farms, guests of all ages can grab a basket, learn how to find the ripest produce and get picking— perhaps, even tasting along the way.

Other than berries and traditional apples, the seasonal produce spans heirloom tomatoes, corn, eggplant, blackeyed peas, bell peppers, cabbage, artichoke, squash and fresh herbs. Be sure to check each farm's website for an updated list of what crops are ripe and ready for picking. Plus, if you're looking for the perfect pumpkin patch in October, you can't go wrong with a trip to one of these U-pick farms (the corn mazes always add to the fun). While you're at it, partake in many of the kid-friendly activities offered at the properties, including a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the orchards, horseback riding around the farm, educational farm tours, a petting zoo, and haystacks for climbing. The activities are just as bountiful as the baskets you leave with. 

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At the base of Wilshire Peak, with sweeping views of the San Gorgonio Mountain Range, sits this farm and event space where families can ride horses, attend outdoor film screenings and pick their own produce. Wander through rows of strawberry and raspberry bushes during the summer, then head back for apples in the fall and pumpkins all the way through November.

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This farm has an impressive selection of produce, with per-pound picking available for items like baby squash and blue lake green beans (and even sunflowers in the summer!). Snack on plump raspberries and blackberries while you pick during summer months; Underwood even boasts “U-pick” olallieberries, a sweet, blackberry-raspberry hybrid. Wagons are available to pull wee ones through the fields, and the farm offers pony rides, a petting zoo, and an electric train for even more kid-friendly fun.

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Reservations required.

Here wagon rides take you to the patches you’ll pick from; the farm’s biggest (literally!) draw during the summer months is a patch of fat watermelons, which practically burst off the vines. Each “U-pick” tour lasts roughly an hour and includes time among a variety of crops such as strawberries, corn, bell peppers, tomatoes and Swiss chard.

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