Berry picking time at Webb Ranch

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on June 26, 2011

Berry picking at Webb Ranch in Menlo Park

The berry picking season officially opened over Father’s Day weekend, but because it’s all about when individual varieties ripen, consider it a rolling opening. In other words, even if you missed engaging in this fun family activity the past two weekends, there will still be plenty of berries to pick in future weeks.

The focus this past weekend was  blackberries. They happen to be a great “first berry picking” experience for younger pickers because the deep, deep purple (almost black!) color of ripe berries is so distinct from the red hues of still ripening fruit. The five and under set also turns out to have a distinct advantage over older pickers because they’re on eye level with their target.

Future weekends will feature boysenberries and raspberries. There’s a $3.00 admission for everyone over five years of age and berries cost $4.50 a pound. The picking starts at 8:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm. All berries comply with CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) standards. Picnic tables and wagons are available on a first come basis. The fields are without shade so sunscreen and hats are advisable. While subject to change, in addition to today (6/26), berry u-pick will continue the next two weekends – July  1-3 and July 8-10. The entrance to the Webb Ranch berry fields is off Alpine Road between 280 and the Ladera Shopping Center.

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