There’s nothing like a fun, relaxing weekend activity to take your mind off of things and give your eyes a break from screens. Pick-your-own farm visits aren’t just practical — they are therapeutic as well! You can snag fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers for your home all while spending quality time with your loved ones outside under calming blue skies. Here are a few of the best U-Pick farms in and around the Los Angeles area. Be sure to check the websites to see what’s available and when. Enjoy!
Underwood Family Farms
If you’re looking for a bright, happy spot to pick your own produce, roam around, and have an afternoon of blissful fun with the whole family, look no further. Kids absolutely love Underwood Family Farms and all that the colorful, charming venue has to offer. Located in Moorpark, you can browse and pick your own flowers or seasonal produce per-pound from the farms’ impressive selection, or take part in the family-fun and COVID-safe events and activities. You can pull the kiddos through the fields in one of the farm-provided wagons while you select everything from blue lake beans and baby squash to raspberries and blackberries — even sunflowers are available! Afterward, you can visit and feed an adorable array of farm animals, including donkeys, sheep, chickens, ducks, birds, rabbits, cows, pigs, horses, emus, alpacas, and goats that safely climb overhead on wow-inducing balance beams. The fun doesn’t stop there; the farm also has a bounce house, playground, electric train, mini tractors, and pony rides available for the littlest guests. If you’re really just there for the fun activities or one of the many scheduled events throughout the year, you can simply stop by the farmer’s market at the entrance on the way out or order a CSA box filled with items like rainbow carrots, beans, and peppers for easy and convenient delivery.
Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard
Prepare to be dazzled at the picturesque stretches of Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard. In addition to hosting an aviation school and skydiving club, this cool and one-of-a-kind destination is home to a U-pick orchard. If you love fresh stone fruits and trees, you’ll adore the lovely atmosphere and the ability to bring home boxes of apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums, and more! Brian Ranch’s fruit has won numerous ribbons, so surely you won’t be disappointed. The most exciting part of a half-orchard half-aviation haven? You can watch airplanes take off while you pick your fruit and even take an ultralight airplane flight! There’s a pumpkin patch in the fall and a gift shop open year-round that sells its yummy homemade, seasonal fruit butter. On your way out, there’s even a picnic area, so you don’t have to wait until you get home to start snacking!
Tanaka Farms is a delightfully airy produce-shopping oasis located in Irvine. You’ll be swept away as soon as you enter, with wagon rides taking you right up to the patches from which you’ll be picking. The farm is most lovably known for its gigantic watermelon patch in the summer months, where the juicy fruit dangles from the vines, plump and ready to be picked! There are plenty of pumpkin-picking options during the fall and a festival of lights during the winter that makes this farm one of the local favorites. During the week, you can partake in a COVID-safe, socially-distanced wagon ride that trots around the perimeter of the 30-acre farm and allows you to pick veggies and pumpkins. If you’re still iffy about roaming during the time of COVID, you can have a drive-thru experience of the farm from your very own car. The U-pick tour and journey lasts about an hour and includes time among a variety of crops, including corn, bell peppers, strawberries, corn, tomatoes, Swiss chard, and more.
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