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  • Blueberries are native to North America and you can find them across the "fruited" plains of the U.S. In fact, the first pilgrims learned from the North American natives how to dry the Blueberries and save them for winter, so native Americans had the first processed super food on the continent. Some varieties of blueberries are also native to South America, and the ripening seasons between the two continents is different, hence you see different varieties available at different times of the year.

    May 26, 2011 6:00 AM



    Late Saturday morning, a steady stream of cars turned off Highway 101 in Gaviota and entered a dirt parking lot.  The sign at the entrance said "closed," but those in the know knew it didn't apply to them. They were VIPs.

    Clad in baseball caps, T-shirts, jeans or shorts, and sunglasses, they'd arrived for the first day of blueberry picking season at Restoration Oaks Ranch.

  • "Dinosaur egg" is a nickname given to some varieties of pluot due to their dappled coloring. This delicious cross between an apricot and a plum happened thanks to a cross-breeding program (not genetic engineering) conducted by California breeder Floyd Zaiger. Pluots are nutritious and are low in fat, so Moms looking for healthy snacks have another great option in the pluot. You can also count on slices of pluot to add some flavor to other dishes.

  • Wow! The USA Today chose a few Pick Your Own Farms from around the country to talk about in their USA Today Travel Experience Weekend section, March 11, 2015. Santa Barbara Blueberries made their list!  The article was written by Susan B. Barnes. Thank Susan!  Click "Read More" below to read the article in its entirety.  Look for Santa Barbara Blueberries near the end of the article.

    Did you know Santa Barbara Blueberries also shows up as a prime place to go on the Visit Santa Barbara, The American Riveria website Unsurprisingly, we show up under Food & Drink | Farms Stands and UPick.

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1980 US Highway 101
Gaviota, CA 93117
Hours of Operation
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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