Temecula Berry Company is the closest blueberry farm in the vicinity of Los Angeles and Orange County. That's why we drove all the way from Irvine to Temecula this morning - to pick blueberries with our little boy.
It was suppose to be about an hour drive (one way) without traffic. Unfortunately for us, we hit a little traffic at Corona before the 15 freeway, adding another 20 minutes to our trip. The farm is very easy to find once you were on the 15 freeway. We came from the the north, so we got off at Winchester exit and headed East. We made a right at Nicolas Road, and went straight forward. The road's name changes to Girasol after Calle Medusa intersection. We went forward and made a left at Cantrell. A sign with an arrow is right at the junction. The farm is what you will see when you descend a small hill after turning into Cantrell.
There is plenty of parking at the farm. There is a big red barn house and a small little chicken coop right next to the parking area. When we arrived, there was a long line at the red barn house. The line was actually for people who were done picking and to make payment for their blueberries.
We picked up 3 empty buckets and were told each full bucket would be 2 pints and they are charging $5/pint. Our goal is to fill up 1 bucket! We got a tip that the blueberries right behind the barn were the best so we headed to that direction. And how do we know which blueberry to pick? Well, pick the berry that is BLUE in color, not the partial red or the green.
The blueberry bushes were planted neatly in rows. The farm is very accesible and clean. The blueberry bushes are low and well-trimmed. No puddle on the path or wild bushes blocking the way. Blueberry bush has no torns, unlike the wild blackberry bush. They are very kids friendly.
When we got to the aisle we decided for our blueberries picking, the first thing I did was to pick any BLUE color berry and put it in my mouth. Kinda like taste testing. WOW! It was really good. A tangy bit of sour but mostly sweet and plum. We ate some, put some in our buckets. My son was sure having lots of fun. We taught him to choose the biggest and juiciest blueberries. It was like a hunting game for him, hunting the biggest blueberries.
It took us a little over 30 minutes to fill up 1 bucket. We did it slowly and we only walked 3 short rows. The farm wasn't that crowded so we usually didn't have to share the rows with any other visitors. We saw people, but they were at other area of the farm. We also only picked to walk in the vacant rows.
The farm has a big red tractor for kids to play and take picture. We did it on our way out to pay for our delicious blueberries.
Besides the blueberries, they also sell raw honey and farm fresh chicken eggs (on Mon and Thurs only). I think sometimes if you are there at the right time, you may able to buy blueberry breads too. Their new daily chicken show begins at 3pm.
Blueberry season is short, so get out there to pick your own blueberries before the season ends. It may get hot out there, so be prepare for your trip. Bring lots of water, sunscreen and a hat. It is definitely a fun experience for all ages!
Temecula Berry Company
39700 Cantrell Road,
Temecula, CA 92591
Farm hours: 8am to 6pm (7 days a week)
FAQ about the farm.