Berry Tips & Techniques

  • Keeping Upick Berries Fresh at Home

    We found this tip online, tried it, and are excited about the results.  For most berries, this will help to keep your berries fresher, longer. The key ingredient? Vinegar!
  • Preparing Raw Sunflowers

    How to Prepare Fresh Sunflower Seeds To Eat

    Here is a great article on preparing sunflower seeds for consumption. Before you get started, know that the average Santa Barbara Blueberries sunflower face is about 13" across and it contains approximately 1 lb of sunflower seeds. This is a big ole' flower!
     
    You may notice some sunflowers have some seed gaps on the flower face. This is because the birds like sunflower seeds almost as much as they like blueberries- bird netting goes up next year. Also notice that the ready-to-harvest flowers are now facing downward. This is a defense mechanism built into the sunflower that discourages many bird species from feasting on the seeds when they are edible. As soon as the seeds start ripening, the flowers bend to the ground.  

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1980 US Highway 101
Gaviota, CA 93117
805-686-5718
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During Season 10:00-6:00
UPick closes at 5:30 P.M.

This Is UPick Paradise

There is something extraordinary about wild beauty of Restoration Oaks Ranch. Remarks like "Mama, this one is red inside" can be heard during a typical blueberry-pickin' day.  On a good day, you can easily pick 2.5 lbs of blueberries in 15 minutes.

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