2013 SLO Co. Upick berries--your favorites please
- toodie jane Jun 7, 2013 12:36 PM
Where do YOU like to go for Upick berries--all types-- on the SLO/Central Coast?
Rutiz Farmstand on The Pike in Arroyo Grande (or is it Oceano??) near the community of Halcyon. They are doing strawberries now, with Raspberries in July. Good flavor and sustainably farmed.
Stand on the corner of Division and Orchard in Nipomo. Small plot of berries and some Haas avocados, seasonally. Very richly flavored and sweet, "no sprays". NOT upick but my favorite local berries.
April 30, 2012 --- Driving north from LA, I stopped in Camarillo to buy organic strawberries from McGrath's roadside stand.
Not u-pick, but further north, I did take the time to scope out a couple strawberry stands off 101. I think it was a little too early in the season as they didn't seem to have peak ripeness nor scent at that point.
Photos of the two stands in Nipomo are below. I don't recall the exact coordinates for them now, but I'm sure you recognize them. The stand run by Mr Gonzalez is closer to the freeway, if I remember correctly. I bought a $2 basket of Albion strawberries and the lady gave me a free cauliflower.
The second stand was getting ready to close up when I got there around 6pm. I asked if I could sample a berry . . . no deal. I asked if I could buy just one basket and not three . . . no deal. So I left empty-handed.