My husband is originally from Mexico City, hence this amazing trip we took last year, but his family moved out to a little town in the Central Valley when he was little. This fair town is otherwise known as Modesto —it's known for great agriculture, delicious produce, and it's insanely hot summers, oh and um, Scott Peterson- but we'll save that story for another day. While it's a little sleepy town, that not many San Franciscans residents have heard of, I like it, one because my husband grew up there and two because it's sooo nice to escape the winter feel that is a San Francisco summer.
A few weeks while in Modesto, I Googled fruit picking on a whim, and you'll never guess how many farms and orchards there were in the nearby area?! I found over ten farms that specialized in strawberries, cherries, and blueberries. You could buy the pre-picked fruit or you could hand pick it yourself. When we settled on a our farm of choice- Ott farms- we were amazed to find out one pound of blueberries only cost $3. As you can see in the photographic evidence above you can tell I left with quite a few pounds.
Ott farms was so picturesque with it's acres of cherry trees (which we sadly didn't pick), and rows and rows of blueberry bushes. It was very crowded on the day we went but still managed to pick and taste, and pick some more until we were satisfied with our five pounds of self-picked berries. There is something about putting in work on a project and finding satisfaction when you go to reap the benefits, in our case eating all the berries.
If you find yourself in the Central Valley anytime soon lather on the SPF, find a big sunhat and head to Ott farms!