Patrick’s Berry Farm in Camino – great family outing

I am probably one of the biggest Apple Hill fans around {yes, really}. The boys and I make several trips a year which we usually kick off  on Labor Day which is the opening weekend. I love everything about it. The sites, smells, sounds. It has become a “happy place” for me. I love going mostly when the weather starts to turn crisp. Watching the pumpkins grow. Something about the color orange just makes me smile. Of course we are in the dead of summer and there isn’t a whole lot going on as far as pumpkins or apples, except the occasional frozen treats at some of the Apple Farms.

I have been wanting to take the boys to Patrick’s Berry Farm for several years now but it has yet to work out with schedules, etc. Yesterday morning, I woke up and decided to just go for it. So we headed up the hill to Camino. It is a quick drive up Highway 50 from El Dorado Hills. We arrived a little later then planned. The only reason that I even mention this is because it was H-O-T!! So my little bit of advice, head up first thing. They open at 8am. I think this is more ideal as Mason, my 5 year old was melting — literally! Also, I recommend wearing comfy shoes and a hat.

When we arrived, we were shown a map of where to go. They break it down by what berries are in season. The berry season runs from June 30th – August 30th.  We picked a lot of blackberries, who knew there were so many types? Ben’s favorite berry was the Olallie Berry. Which is also something that you can find in some of the recipes at Sweetie Pies in Placerville should you be in the mood for a delicious breakfast on your way to Patrick’s. Now I am getting sidetracked — back to the berry picking!! Once you have your directions and map in hand, you have your choice of a bucket lined with a plastic bag or a tray filled with seperate baskets for your berries. I figured since we were just having fun, we could mix the berries. Some people seemed very serious about keeping their berries separate. I am guessing that this was because of certain recipes, etc. My boys each grabbed a basket and we headed down the hill to rows upon rows of berries. Each type was labeled on the post at the beginning of the row. We picked for a little over a half hour and came out with 2 pounds of berries. Yum!! Now I need to decide what to do with them. You can plan on seeing a recipe of what I make coming soon.

I would definitley go back and pick berries again — it is a great lesson on where food comes from and gives kids a sense of pride that they actually picked it fresh from the Earth. Patrick’s is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8am-5pm. Stop in and say hello! Also, they had fresh produce as well. I picked up some tasty tomatoes {mine are so slow growing} and they had Walla Wall onions that were nearly as big as my head. I am serious!!

Have you ever been berry picking? What is your favorite way to enjoy fresh berries?


  1. […] about a day of berry picking? Of course a picnic lunch is in order. Patricks Berry Farm in Camino is a fun day trip and you are also surrounded by beautiful Apple Hill. The location can’t be […]

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