In addition to offering an organic strawberry u-pick, Swanton Berry Farms also grows fields of olallieberries and blackberries. During our visit to the Pescadero area last week, we incorporated a bit of organic olallieberry picking.
Curious what an olallieberry is? It’s kind of like a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry, but not quite (it’s truly a cross between a loganberry and a youngberry). Ripe olallieberies look like ripe blackberries. And they taste kind of like blackberries, but a lot more tart. I think they’re best in pie, and the place that makes the best olallieberry pie is Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero.
Interested in going? The olallieberries are usually ready for picking beginning in mid-June, but this may vary a bit each year. Check the Swanton Berry Farms website for current picking dates, hours, and location…. U-Pick. For the 2013 season, the fields, located just south of Ano Nuevo State Park, were opened on June 15th. Current picking hours are Friday-Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm. Prices are $5.00/lb. Prefer blackberries? They’ll be ready for picking in late-July.
Looking for an organic strawberry u-pick farm? See my post from yesterday… Organic Strawberry Picking: Swanton Berry Farm, Davenport
Or perhaps you’d like to try some award-winning goat cheese, also in the Pescadero area? See this post… Goats! Harley Farms Goat Dairy, Pescadero