Summer months bring cravings of corn on the cob and fresh Caprese salads. In Lodi, located in the fruit basket of the Valley, fresh seasonal produce is abundant May to September. Visitors can pick up juicy tomatoes, fresh stone fruits, sweet cherries fresh from the vine, locally grown vegetables, and more! The adventurous visitor can pick their own cherries and blueberries.
Many local farm stands sell local food products – a great opportunity to pick-up that picnic lunch or gift for that special someone. Here is your guide to Lodi area farm stands and U-pick operations:
(Please note: Many farms are open seasonally and their hours/days may vary. Be sure to call ahead to ensure that they are open and produce is available.)
credit: Biglieri Farms
17815 E. Hwy 88, Clements
Open May through October, visitors will love the variety of fresh fruits and produce as well as homemade products and gifts available for purchase. Visitors will find (when available) walnuts, cherries, strawberries, stone fruits, sweet corn, bell peppers, and winter squash, just to name a few. And while you are there, don’t miss the other local products: salad dressing, olive oil, homemade fudge, focaccia bread, and homemade ravioli. Locals and visitors alike rave about the homemade pies!
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Clements Ridge Produce
23225 E. Hwy 88, Clements
This family-owned and operated business started as a small fruit stand in a field of strawberries and has grown into a full-scale farm store selling a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty foods. In addition to locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, visitors will love their bulk nuts, fresh pies, homemade candy, and chicken pot pies. Their hours change with the season, so be sure to give them a call or check them out online.
credit: LoCA Farms
LoCA Farm Blueberries
5288 W. Kile Rd., Lodi
Featuring U-pick blueberries, LoCA Blueberry Farm features 3 different varieties: SpringHigh, San Joaquin, and Abundance. All grown utilizing sustainable farming practices, visitors will love the u-pick experience. They provide baskets for picking and bags to take your blueberries home! The season generally begins in May and lasts 6-8 weeks.
credit: Lodi Blooms Instagram
11560 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., Lodi
Boasting “The best tasting, most juicy, most plump cherries in California,” Lodi Blooms is more than a farm stand. Visitors to the farm can purchase already picked cherries or sign up for a guided U-pick orchard experience tour! The season begins in May or June depending on the weather, and lasts for about 3 weeks or until the cherries are harvested. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they are open and schedule your tour early as they sell out quickly.
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The Fruit Bowl
8767 E. Waterloo Rd., Stockton
In operation since 1947, The Fruit Bowl specializes in tree-ripened fruit and fresh vegetables picked daily during the summer months. Boasting “60 varieties of peaches, 15 varieties of nectarines, plums, pluots, peacotums, apricots, apriums and cherries”, visitors will not be disappointed. They also carry a wide variety of local products in their Farm Market including nuts, jams, local honey, olive oils, and of course, Lodi wines. Fruit pies are baked on-site from scratch daily. Sugar-free (frozen) available as well as crème pies by order.