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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Olallieberry Picking!

We recently went olallieberry picking! You may be thinking, “Olalawhat?” You’re not alone – I just discovered them myself. Olallieberries are grown primarily in California and are a cross between the loganberry (which is a cross between raspberries & blackberries) and the youngberry (which is a cross between blackberries & dewberries).

Now that you know the olallieberry’s genealogy {yawn}, on to the fun stuff! We picked our olallieberries at Phipps Country Store & Farm in Pescadero, CA…a lovely spot nestled in the hills near the ocean. How beautifully northern California is that view?

Phipps Farm was so fun, a great place to take your kids. Old tractors all over the place and more chickens than you can imagine (Anna’s favorite attraction by far). We went with one of Cate’s little friends and his family. It was just a really happy afternoon.

The kids had a BLAST picking berries, which are ripe when they are BLACK. Needless to say, Anna was almost exclusively attracted to the bright red berries…which sadly were as sour as could be!

Phipps had the largest assortment of beans I’ve ever seen. They were beautiful and I had to resist the urge to photograph every bean I saw.

There are two sure signs that berry picking was a great success.

Sign #1: Ridiculously dirty kids.

Sign #2: Ridiculously delicious homemade jam.

In case you’re wondering…for my olallieberry jam, I followed the freezer jam directions for raspberries from the pectin box.


  1. 1

    Looks great. Do they sell olallieberries outside of CA?

  2. I’m from CA and I’ve never heard of them there berries.

  3. 3

    My grandma lives in the Bay Area and every summer when we visited we would go pick Olallieberries at Phiips Ranch and make jam to bring back to Utah. Thanks for bringing back such fun memories for me!

  4. soybeanlover…I did a little google search and didn’t come up with anything. my guess is you probably can’t really find them outside of CA much…I don’t even really see them around here in the stores…kind of an interesting thing. and as ellen’s comment shows – even californians have never heard of these berries!

    whitney – that is so fun we did exactly what you use to do as a kid. serendipity! 🙂

  5. 5

    Check for all things ollalieberries – good stuff:)They are out of Cambria, CA.

  6. Just got back from CA – had ollalieberry jam at a restaurant and it was Really Good Stuff!

  7. 7

    This looks delicious but I would really need butter and jam in all the corners!

  8. 8

    I remember “lollie” berries well! I used to pick them, along with wild blackberries, as a kid. You just brought me back!

  9. Oh yum… that reminds me, I need to take my kids berry-picking too!

  10. 10

    Olallieberries are the best berries in the world! I’m so sad I’m out of my last jar of jam… apparently a visit to Cambria is in order.

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    Leda Bishoff

    We bought some Olallieberry jam somewhere on the coast as we were on the way to Santa Cruz last month. Unfortunately it was confiscated at the airport, and we didn’t have checked luggage to stow it in. I want to come back to pick my own berries next year when we are visiting relatives. I assume May is the Olallieberry-picking season. Are there good places to pick in the San Francisco area?

    • Jane Maynard

      leda, that is a SAD story!!! I can’t believe it was confiscated – such a bummer!

      the only place I’ve ever picked the berries is this farm in pescadero, and it is a great place! I’m sure there must be others out there, but I don’t know much about it…but we love phipps!

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    You can also pick ollallies in watsonville at Gizdich ranch.

  13. Hi, you can pick olallieberries in San Luis Obispo County, CA at Linn’s Farm in Cambria and Avila Valley Barn in Avila. Linn’s makes the most amazing olallieberry pie and jams from the berries on their Santa Rosa Creek farm. I use their all-fruit preserves and fresh olallieberries in season to blend with crushed organic peanuts to make handmade peanut butter cups called Joycups! We sell at Farmers Market in Cambria, too. It’s a berry that looks like a combination blackberry/raspberry with a slight tartiness to it. Lovely!

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