June 2016

It’s time to pick berries at Webb Ranch – Blackberries, Prime Ark, Navajo, Marionberries, Olallieberries, Boysenberries, Loganberries, and Raspberries. The cost of u-pick is $4.00 for entry (0-4 and 65+ are free); $5.00 per pound of berries.

Opening days are Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. All u-pick items are subject to supply, so come early for best selections. The Jumpy House is free during the u-pick hours.

Some rules: no pets, no smoking. Use Webb baskets – no personal containers. Lawn area is on a first-come basis. Please observe the 10 mph speed limit, 5 mph near horses.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2012

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USGS evening lecture looks at California Delta on June 30

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Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust sets sights on swimming 21 miles across Lake Tahoe

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