Riverdance Farms

Our organic farm is set in a beautiful meandering section of the Merced River (flows from Yosemite) less than 2 miles from HWY 99. Our main crops are organic blueberries, walnuts, cherries, lavender and oat hay with some mini-plantings of persimmons, pomegranates. pecans and citrus. We'll replant almonds next winter. Wild elderberries and black walnuts are available for gathering in season. Farm Tours and picnics can be arranged. The farm is designing itself along permaculture principles. Hedgerows and wildlife corridors are being planted with plants native to the Valley and California to restore habitat for wildlife, native bees and songbirds.

The 2014 Pick and Gather happens the weekend after Memorial Day, May 31st and June 1st, 2014, with the main Festival and Merced River Fair on Saturday and continued fruit-picking, organic breakfast and enjoyment of the river and your family and friends on Sunday. This is the second year that the Merced River Gathering Powwow will be part of the entire weekend. Campsites are available Saturday night. Volunteers welcome!!

Cherry and Blueberry U-pick, by appointment, for 2014 should start Memorial Day weekend and run through Father's Day Weekend, June 14-15. Lavender should be in full bloom then, also. Check back here or call for more info.

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Listing last updated on Mar 24, 2014

The 2014 Pick and Gather will again happen the weekend after Memorial Day, May 31st and June 1st, 2014**.

The last major u-pick for 2014 will be on Father's Day Weekend, June 14 -15; you can harvest your own blueberries, lavender at peak bloom and the last of the cherries.

**Any interested vendors for healthful food, local and handmade and Native American crafts, workshop presenters, organizations, musicians and artists, please contact Cindy for more info.with an email reply or 209-761-0081.



Season:  January through January

Type:  single farm

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Work Req?  No


Schedule and Location:

Fall 2014: Pomegranates, Persimmons, and Pecans. Call Cindy for appointment; 209-761-0081.
U-pick for the blueberries and cherries usually starts Memorial day weekend, is at early peak May 31st - June 1st for the festival, "The Pick and Gather and Merced River Fair" and ends June 14 thru 15 (Fathers' Day Weekend). All other times by appointment only. Please call or e-mail to make arrangements. Pomegranates, Persimmons and Pecans in the Fall.

Schedule and Location:

We sell packed fruit from the packing shed during the season. Please call ahead at (209) 761-0081 for the market price and to make sure the gate is opened and someone is here.

Some local CSAs also carry our fruit.

Blueberries are packed in 6 oz and 12 oz clamshells or 1 gallon (4#) freezer bags. Cherries are normally packed in 18 lb. boxes, and can be packed into the 1 to 2 lb. fill bags first.



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This farm is one of the prettiest farms in the central valley we have visited, with a beautiful park like setting along the Merced River.

We are looking forward to the up coming "Pick & Gather" !

Happy Farming, Kat and Anna


Hello just viewing the website. Riverdance Farms is a very beautiful,useful farmland. The owners are very sweet and helpful people, Bill Thompson & Cindy Lashbrook.... [more]

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Cherries and blueberries in bloom

2014-03-24

It is just a few days past the spring equinox and the cherry trees and blueberry bushes are blooming, Honeybees and native bees are buzzing. A pair of Redtail Hawks are courting and building their nest in the Cottonwood trees in the river bottom below the house.... [more]


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