Phipps country store is wonderful for kids because it's a little farm with animals as well as a variety of produce. However, when we went to pick strawberries at the end of May, the strawberries were disappointing. Small and not very sweet. The kids had a wonderful time anyway, which is more important than anything.
We purchased dried beans from them that they promised were from the most recent harvest. They were inedible. We asked for a refund -- emailed them twice. They ignored our emails completely. They do not stand by their products and will not communicate with customers if there is a problem.
I found the overcrowded duck/chicken pens to be a bit depressing. Not only are they overcrowded, but they stink! As a chicken owner myself, I find this repulsive.
Anyway, on the the berries:
Be sure to call and find out what is in season. We were limited to strawberries, which was kinda blah. Why of why would I drive all the way out to Pescadero to pick strawberries? And be warned that the weather can be quite cold and misty in the summer, so pack layers and be ready to get socked in.
I have visited Phipps Ranch many times for berry picking, etc. To avoid frustration, I highly recommend calling ahead to find out what is ready to be picked. They also have a wonderful selection of dried beans in the country store. They have an aviary of sorts there which I have mixed feelings about. At times there are WAY too many birds (specifically roosters and ducks) crammed in one pen. Other times I have been there it is totally fine and humane. I still enjoy picking there and we always love going to Duarte's for soup and pie afterwards.
A combination produce market, farm, plant nursery, and menagerie of exotic birdsand farm animals, just made for kids. Among the cacophony of sounds are parrots’ squawks, green and orange canaries’ songs, and peacocks’ trumpetings. There are fancy chickens, big fat pigs, a variety of bunnies, and antique farm equipment. You can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, and olallieberries, and eat them at a picnic table in the middle of a flower-filled greenhouse. Restrooms are available.
This is a very fun place. For a few dollars, you can take the kids around back and feed animals. The store will give you carrots to feed - and you can visit chickens, sheep, goats; etc. You can also walk through the fields and see the crops growing. Finally, they have a little store where you can buy fresh produce, eggs, and other products - which were all fresh and very tasty.