For a while now, E and I have been talking about going down to Half Moon Bay to do one of those berry u-picks. The idea is that you pay a small fee for the novelty of it all, pick your berries and then pay by the pound. We’ve been a little exhausted from all the running around we’ve been doing (Ashland, cat-sitting for my parents, lots of social events), but we decided it was now-or-never for two reasons: 1) I’m on-call for a client starting today and 2) California has a salmon season this year and we were going to stand out on the dock and pick out a fish fresh from the boats. Unfortunately, we found out yesterday that salmon season South of San Francisco (sounds like a tongue-twister) is officially over. But we decided to head to Phipps Country Store and Farm in Pescadero anyway.
The last time I was in Pescadero was as a camp counselor for MSI, but this was the first time I’d actually been to the part where people live. “Downtown” Pescadero had all of five or six shops, which included a post office and a tavern. We grabbed some lunch at one of the shops and then headed to Phipps Farm.
When we arrived we were given a couple of bags and buckets and told where to find the strawberries. We walked out, passing through the animal yard – where they had chickens, pheasants, doves and a goat – past the olallieberries to the strawberry field. We took a systematic approach, walking down one row at a time. As warned, the field had already been pretty picked over, but we managed to come out with a little over half a bucket-full. We went back inside, bought some beans (they had all sorts of beans), and headed back to SF. It was a fun little excursion and the berries are awesome – a little tart, but not in a bad way. We managed to forget the camera, but above is a picture of our haul.