p54

edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015

PICK IT YOURSELF: SUMMER 2015 U-PICKS “Nothing compares to a field-ripened strawberry, that flavor, that texture!” says Lori Fiorovich, who runs Crystal Bay Farm with her husband Jeff. “On a warm day about 1 o’clock in the afternoon, you’re going to smell that berry before you get it, and the memory is going to stick in your head forever.” U-picks are a great, old-fashioned way to spend some time outdoors and experience a working farm. The best part is that you end up with a load of produce to take home and cook or preserve. Crystal Bay’s u-pick evolved when its farm stand ran out of berries and people asked if they could come in and pick some themselves. It also runs a pumpkin u-pick in the fall that includes 40 different varieties of heirloom squash found on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. “The array of colors, shapes and sizes in the pumpkin patch is beyond Christmas!” says Fiorovich. Clearview Organic Orchards 646 Trabing Road, Watsonville – Organic apples. Open Sat–Sun 10am–5pm from Sept. 5–Nov. 1. Crystal Bay Farm 40 Zils Road, Watsonville – Organic strawberries, red and golden raspberries, tayberries, olallieberries, blackberries, flowers, pumpkins and heirloom squash. Open Wed, Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. Gizdich Ranch 55 Peckham Road, Watsonville – Strawberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries and apples. Open daily 9am–5pm. Homeless Garden Project 2394 Delaware Ave. at Shaffer Rd. Santa Cruz – U-pick CSA memberships available for $440. Members pick their own CSA share of fruits, vegetables and flowers every Friday or Saturday from May 29 to Oct 30. Live Earth Farm 172 Litchfield Lane, Watsonville – Organic strawberries, Blenheim apricots, dry-farmed tomatoes. Check website for schedule. Serendipity Farms 9130 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley – Organic raspberries. Check Facebook for schedule. Swanton Berry Farm 25 Swanton Road, Davenport – Organic strawberries, olallieberries and blackberries. Open daily 8am–7pm. 54 edible monterey bay Summer 2015 A strawberry u-pick at Crystal Bay Farm Photo by Patrick Tregenza


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2015
To see the actual publication please follow the link above