Some of the most beautiful sunflower fields reside in Northern California. More specifically, near my home in Sacramento. It’s important to be aware that the majority of these sunflower fields are grown on private property and are not officially open to the public. Most of these fields are grown as a source of income for these farmers. So, it is important to be respectful. Please refrain from picking these pretty flowers (unless you have permission to do so), be careful not to trample any plants, and make sure to obey any signage that forbids trespassing.
With that being said, here is a list of some of the Sacramento area’s most beautiful sunflower fields:
Cloverleaf and Collins Farm
Address: 9055 Olmo Lane, Davis, CA
Peak Season: Mid-June through Mid-July
This majestic field of sunshine can be found just twenty minutes outside of Sacramento. The field sits along the westbound side of I-80, near the Kidwell Road exit ramps.
This field is grown on private property. However, you’re encouraged to visit the farm to participate in the picking of stone fruits (the farm grows delicious nectarines, peaches, apricots, and figs) or purchase some fruit during the summer harvest season. If you ask nicely, you might be able to venture into their sunflower fields for a photo opt.
Addresses: 35472 Co Rd 18A and 15810 Co Rd 95, Woodland, CA 95695
Peak Season: Mid-June to the beginning of July
The M3 Ranches are located just under a half an hour outside of Sacramento and are tucked away from busy highways. This spot is ideal for those looking to take sunrise pictures of the flowers.
M3 Ranches are owned and operated by the Muller family, who make their living by growing sunflowers for seed. Before heading to their sunflower fields, please ask the Mullers for permission. You can contact them through email (which is provided above for you).
If you are respectful of their crops, these wonderful farmers will provide you with an address where you can enjoy your sunflower field adventure legally.
Address: 6850 Sievers Rd, Dixon, CA 95620
Peak Season: July
This is another gorgeous sunflower field grown on private property. It’s perfectly acceptable to snap a few photos or simply appreciate the view from the side of the road. If you wish to venture deeper into the field, make sure to seek permission first. Provided above is the contact link.
Unnamed Sunflower Fields
Location: Along the freeways
If you are looking to take a beautiful drive with a guarantee of viewing some lovely sunflowers, cruise the freeway between San Francisco and Sacramento, specifically I-80. Another route to check out would be interstate 5, just outside of Sacramento. The best time for this kind of joyride is in July.
Location: Intersection of Roads 89 and 26 in Winters.
This field of sunshine is on private property, so be careful not to trespass. However, there is a small pull-off area to park– making roadside photoshoots a breeze. Sunset offers some of the most beautiful views of this particular sunflower field, especially in early July.