Organic Olallieberry U-Pick: Swanton Berry Farm, Pescadero

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.

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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


  1. This would be so fun! I need to put this on my “to do” list for sometime in the future. We bought olallieberry pies in Cambria a couple of weeks ago. I never ended up having one of the pieces, but they sure did look good to me! 🙂


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