A information to Peninsula farms which are open to guests | Information

From fruit selecting to hanging out with barnyard animals, there are farms all through the higher Peninsula space that present guests a chance to find out about ranch life, in addition to buy recent produce, cheese, jams and extra. Listed below are 10 native farms to discover:

Webb Ranch: Simply off of U.S. Freeway 280 in Portola Valley, the 100-year-old Webb Ranch has an natural blackberry u-pick typically open June-July relying on the crop, a pumpkin patch in October with youngsters’ actions on the weekends, and a Christmas tree lot beginning the week of Thanksgiving. The ranch additionally presents horseback using camps for youngsters 7 and up. Locals can discover the ranch’s produce on the Portola Valley farmers market, Bianchini’s Market in Portola Valley and Sigona’s Market in Redwood Metropolis.

Webb Ranch, 2718 & 2720 Alpine Highway, Portola Valley; webbranchinc.com. Examine the web site for the newest u-pick info and hours of operation.

Deer Hole Farm: Rancho San Antonio Open House Protect can also be residence to Deer Hole Farm, a 150-year-old property that serves as an academic heart for Midpeninsula residents and guests. Positioned in Cupertino, the farm produces and sells recent eggs and seasonal produce, and annual occasions embody spring farm excursions, Ohlone Day within the fall, and Deer Holloween in October. Summer season camps, farm lessons and volunteer alternatives are additionally provided. Take a self-guided tour of the farm and see its animals, the orchard and volunteer-supported backyard, and convey a picnic lunch to eat on the tables on the north finish of the property.

Deer Hole Farm, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino. Open Tuesdays and Thursday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission for all occasions is $7/individual; youngsters below 1 are free.

Hidden Villa: Hidden Villa is an academic nonprofit located on greater than 1,600 acres of open area within the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Altos Hills. Guests can meet Hidden Villa’s cattle, discover the property’s mountaineering trails and find out about meals and sustainable farming. Make a day of it and convey a picnic lunch. The nonprofit additionally hosts summer season camps, colleges and companies, and farm excursions.

Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Highway, Los Altos Hills. Instagram: @hiddenvilla. Reservations are inspired however not required. Open from 9 a.m. to nightfall Tuesdays-Sundays from September by Might (and choose weekends June-August when summer season camp is not in session — verify web site for particulars). Entry price is $10/individual.

Harley Farms: Goats, wine and cheese — what’s to not like? Pop by the Pescadero dairy any day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to go to the goats and donkeys over the fence, or e-book a tour to see new child goats within the spring and different cattle, together with peacocks and cattle. On Fridays, the farm hosts a Goats, Cheese and Wine tour the place guests tour the farm and do a wine-and-cheese tasting. A tasting room is also open Fridays-Sundays. Try the farm store for a large assortment of cheeses, tub and physique merchandise, spice rubs and extra specialty items.

Harley Farms, 205 North St., Pescadero. Instagram: @harleyfarms. The tasting room and farm and cheese store are open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday; dairy open each day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Excursions value $55 per individual, tastings are $60/individual. Picnic tables can be found. Leashed canine are welcome within the pond space.

Blue Home Farm: Positioned on greater than 70 acres in San Gregorio, Blue Home Farm has an natural farm stand stocked with recent and seasonal fruits and veggies, flowers, jams and dried beans. The strawberry u-pick opened in mid-Might and runs by the top of October. Because it’s early within the season, ripe fruit could also be more durable to search out. Stick round and picnic, and convey your four-legged associates — leashed canine are allowed within the parking and picnic areas. Come again within the fall for a pumpkin patch, or discover the farm’s produce at native farmers markets.

Blue Home Farm, 950 La Honda Highway, San Gregorio. Instagram: @bluehousefarm. U-pick strawberries are $6/lb., and bins are offered. No entrance charges. Open noon-5 p.m. on weekends.

Swanton Berry Farm: Swanton Berry Farm was based in 1983 and have become California’s first licensed natural strawberry farm 5 years later. In 1998, the Davenport property made historical past once more as the primary unionized natural farm within the nation. Swanton has a farm stand at the moment open seven days every week, with choices together with an assortment of jams, pies, muffins and different desserts made virtually solely with Swanton berries. Choose strawberries on weekends Might by October.

Swanton Berry Farm, 25 Swanton Highway, Davenport. Instagram: @swantonberryfarm. U-pick strawberries are $8/lb., and bins are offered. No reservations wanted. farm stand is at the moment open seven days every week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closing hours change with the seasons.) U-pick is at the moment provided Saturdays and Sundays; verify the web site or Instagram for hours of operation.

Pie Ranch: Pie Ranch’s farm stand sells seasonal produce and pies together with different native items. The ranch yearly hosts greater than 6,000 individuals of all ages in meals and farming education schemes, together with personal retreats that educate guests about meals justice and farm operations. Each third Saturday, Pie Ranch holds a volunteer work day and a meadow dance evening with folks music performed by an area string band.

Pie Ranch, 2080 Inexperienced Oaks Means, Pescadero; pieranch.org. Instagram: @pie_ranch. Dance tickets are $15-$30 (sliding scale) for ages 12 and over, $10 for ages 5-11 and free for youths below 5. Farm stand open weekdays noon-5 p.m. (closed Tuesdays) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Examine the web site or Instagram for the newest occasion info.

Andreotti Household Farms: The fourth-generation household farm, positioned close to Predominant Road and Half Moon Bay State Seashore, has been in operation since 1926 and produces winter greens. The household sells the produce out of its farm stand, and within the fall, Andreotti hosts a pumpkin patch, corn maze and u-pick sunflower discipline. Sunflower discipline selfies, anybody?

Andreotti Household Farms, 329 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. Instagram: @andreottifamilyfarms. Examine their web site or Instagram for hours of operation.

Elkus Ranch: By discipline journeys and summer season and winter day camps, kids can meet the farm’s animals and find out about crops, gardening fundamentals and livestock husbandry. The Half Moon Bay ranch additionally hosts household occasions, together with the ultra-popular Sheep to Scarf Day in June, when its flock is sheared (occasion registration has already reached capability for 2022), and preschool days within the fall and spring. Searching for a personal tour? E-book a small group or household tour for as much as 10 individuals, when guests can feed the sheep, view the ranch’s animal bone assortment, hold with the goats and miniature donkeys and plant a seedling to take residence.

Elkus Ranch, 1500 Purisima Creek Highway, Half Moon Bay. Instagram: @elkusranch. Reservations are required for all occasions, and the ranch shouldn’t be open to the general public each day.

Skyline Chestnuts: Within the fall, Skyline Chestnuts’ 20-acre orchard opens its chestnuts u-pick. The La Honda orchard’s 120 timber can produce a number of tons of chestnuts through the brief harvesting season if all the suitable rising circumstances are in place. Skyline Chestnuts is the one such farm within the Bay Space, and considered one of solely a handful left on the west coast. The orchard has been managed by the Johsens household since 2004 — the household began farming within the Santa Cruz Mountains within the early Forties with a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. The Johsens additionally preserve honeybees and promote the honey on the orchard.

Skyline Chestnuts, 22322 Skyline Blvd., La Honda. Examine the web site for fall opening info.

Julia Brown writes for TheSixFifty.com, a sister publication of Palo Alto On-line, overlaying what to eat, see and do in Silicon Valley.

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