A young girl has a fun-filled day picking strawberries at a you-pick farm near Weston in Santee, California.

Summertime You-Pick Fruit Farms Near Santee

Posted on 16 Jul, 2020

One of the best ways to enjoy the most flavorful produce is to eat seasonally. In Southern California, summer is a bountiful season – bok choy, peppers, beets, kale and green beans are just a small selection of what you’ll find this time of year. But one of the sweetest treats of the season? Fruit!

Going to a pick-your-own farm is the perfect way to not only enjoy some of the freshest, juiciest fruit possible, but it’s a fun way to get the whole family outside and in the fresh air. Especially if you have kids, this can be an exciting day trip that even allows you to teach them about where their food comes from. Here are a few favorite pick-your-own-fruit farms located just a short drive from Weston in Santee, so you can easily plan a family outing everyone will enjoy.

Sweet Strawberries
A fresh, bright red strawberry is a classic summertime treat. You have more than one option when it comes to locations to pick this favorite. Carlsbad Strawberry Company is located just 33 miles from Weston, and South Coast Farms is located 74 miles away. Both locations offer seasonal you-pick strawberry fields where you can pick as many strawberries as you’d like. Remember to bring the camera – it’ll make for some fun photo opportunities!

While you’re there, you’ll also want to check out the farm stands at either location. The selection changes constantly, but you might find some fresh produce, herbs or flowers to take home in addition to your berry harvest!

Ripening Raspberries
Raspberries are another summer specialty that make amazing pies, cobblers and jams, or are perfect for topping pancakes in the morning. At Julian Farm and Orchard, located just 45 miles from Weston, you can pick your fill of raspberries from mid-summer through October. With over 2,000 berry plants, there’s plenty to go around! You can bring a picnic to enjoy an afternoon break before going back to picking, or even visiting some of the farm animals.

Amazing Apples
You might think apple picking is a fall-time activity, but think again! Ripley’s Apple Farm is located 117 miles from Weston and has varieties that ripen as early as August. Pack up some road snacks and make it an all-day affair. They offer tons of activities beyond just apple picking that let you take a step back in time and try out things like cider pressing, archery and panning for gemstones. On the way home, you won’t be able to resist snacking on some of the crisp apples you just picked!

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