Summer Stone Fruit Picking in the East Bay - 510 Families

Summer Stone Fruit Picking in the East Bay

The time is now for picking perfect peaches, amazing apricots, and nectarous nectarines in the East Bay! We’ve put together a list of farms with U-Pick options for stone fruit, though of course always call the hotlines and check social media ahead of time as the farms open and close depending on fruit availability and conditions. The 2021 Season opens for many farms on Memorial Day Weekend. Many farms will also have Cherry Picking too!

Covid-19 Safety Note: For 2021, all of these farms require that you wear masks and practice safe social distancing while picking fruit. You touch it, you pick it. 

child eating peaches
Caroline enjoys her fresh haul of peaches | Photo: Katie Graceffa

Bay Area Peach, Apricot, Nectarine Picking

Pomeroy Farm, Brentwood

OPEN in June with Apricots, Peaches, and Cherries. We’ve visited and it wasn’t crowded and there were apricots a plenty!  $2.50 per pound.
Available Stone Fruit: It is hard to keep up with the bounty this season: Apricots (Patterson and Westley), Nectarines (Diamond Ray, Sparkling May, Sparkling June), Peaches (Yellow, Babcock Blush “White”, Flavorcrest, Galaxy UFO “White”, Red Top Earirich, Sierra Gem, Springcrest, Summer Flame), and Royal White Rainier Cherries.
Remember: Bring your mask, CASH ONLY
No reservations necessary. Beat the heat & come early! Open 8 am to 3 pm on weekends.
Location: 3 locations in Brentwood: 1600 Eureka Avenue, 22501 Marsh Creek Road, and 1755 Payne Avenue.
Update hotline 925-634-7712
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Apricot Picking in Brentwood
Pomeroy Farm had plenty of apricots, though not many low hanging fruit left for little hands | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

Moffatt Ranch, Brentwood

Location: 1870 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood
Update Hotline: (925) 634-3049:
July to mid-August: 8 am to 4 pm
Available Stone Fruit: Picked & U-Pick Freestone Peaches: Flavorcrest, Suncrest, Fay, Elberta, Elegant Lady and O’Henry, Nectarines: Fantasia, Arctic Jay, and July Red. All fruit is $2 per pound.
No Reservations needed. Call ahead for ripeness and availability. Bring containers. Check Facebook for updates.

McKinney Farms, Brentwood

Location: 25221 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood
Update Hotline: (925) 634-7830
Available Stone Fruit starting in late May: Snow Bright white peaches, Artic Sweet white nectarines, and yellow nectarines.
No reservation necessary.
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Sponsor

The Farmer’s Daughter Produce and U-Pick Farm

The Farmer’s Daughter Produce Stand & U-Pick has been open in Brentwood since 1985. They are open every day from May 29 to August 15 for U-Pick and Pre-Picked produce. Weather permitting, they are open for U-Pick of White Peaches (early June), Yellow Peaches (late June through late August), Cling Peaches (early August), Blenheim Apricots (mid-June), Santa Rosa Plums (July).
Location: 23151 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood (NW corner of Walnut Blvd. and Marsh Creek Rd. intersection)
Update: Hotline: (925) 634-4827
Opening for U-Pick Memorial Day Weekend 2021
No reservations required.
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Peach Picking in Brentwood
Brentwood gets hot! So wear a hat and come early | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

AIRAYA U-Pick Farm, Brentwood

Location: 25221 Marsh Creek Rd. Brentwood
Update Hotline: (408)-515-5878
Available Stone Fruit: Apricots from late May to early July, Pluots from mid-June to mid-August, Peaches from Late June to mid-August. Will be open Thursday, May 27, 2021, for Apricots. Masks and social distancing are REQUIRED. If you need masks, you can order from their online store at AIRAYA.com and Pickup at U-Pick stand.
No reservations are necessary.
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Bacchini’s Fruit Tree

Location: 2010 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood
Update hotline: (925) 634-3645
Available Fruit: Cherries in late May; Apricots, Apriums, Blackberries (Olallie), White Peaches & Nectarines, Pluots, Walnuts, Loquats, and Honey in June and beyond.
Reservations Required: Reservations are available after 8 pm the evening before only and on the same day of picking based on fruit availability. One ticket per person required (including toddlers); the price of the $5 ticket (minus fees) will be redeemed towards your purchase of fruit you pick. Check their website for updates as they close some days to allow the fruit to ripen. *Bonus* they have a low tree, perfect for toddlers and little kids.
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peaches on tree
Caroline picks peaches at Urban Edge Farm | Photo: Katie Graceffa

Urban Edge Farm, Brentwood

The Urban Edge Farm is home to an orchard with a wide range of seasonal varieties, including cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, pluots, nectarines, citrus, pomegranates, persimmons, and figs. Most of the fruit is available during the season by U Pick or in the farm store. When we visited, there were plenty of peaches available, but again, not a ton at low levels for little kids. You can also call ahead and order for pick-up. We went early morning, and we had the orchard to ourselves. Open Memorial Day Weekend 2021 for peaches and apricots! Check their Instagram for updates.
Location: 2017 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood
Update Hotline: (925)-634-4400
No reservation is necessary.
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Wolfe Ranch Peaches, Brentwood

This family-run farm has been growing apricots since 1937 and offers U-Pick white peaches around mid-May through Early June. U-Pick and Pre-picked Fay Elberta Peaches are ripe in late July or early August. Opened for U-Pick as of May 22, 2021, 9 am – 3 pm.
Location: 600 Eureka Avenue, Brentwood
Update Hotline: (925) 634-1308
No reservations are necessary.
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Sponsor

Cloverfield Organic Farm, El Sobrante

This sweet little local organic farm is a great option for U-Pick fruit and veggies if you don’t want to trek all the way out to Brentwood. Read more about our visit to Cloverfield Farm here.
Address: 501 La Paloma Rd, El Sobrante in the East Bay hills
Phone: (510) 253-8859
Email: cloverfield@gmail.com, No Reservation Required.
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What to bring on your fruit-picking adventure:

Cash. Many of the farms are cash-only, though some may be practicing other touchless payment methods. You end up picking a lot just because it’s fun, though be mindful that it adds up. We easily spent $50++ at two farms. Prices are usually $2+ per pound.

Hat. The Bay Area’s summer marine layer doesn’t push into Brentwood, so you can expect sunny weather the majority of the time. Sunscreen is also a good idea.

Ice Chest. If you plan to extend your stay in Brentwood or the surrounding area, it’s a good idea to place your fruit in a chilled environment. On an average 85-degree day, car temperatures can exceed 130 degrees after an hour. If not bringing an ice chest, bring a box, large tote, or another container to bring your fruit home in. Note that for safety, you probably will have to leave your ice chest in the car.

Closed-toe shoes. Leave the sandals at home and bring a pair of old sneakers. This is especially important for small children. They’ll be walking in the dirt with potential hidden dangers (rocks, pits, etc).

Water. Summer in Brentwood is HOT! Afternoon temperatures can often exceed 95 degrees during the summer and you’ll want your family hydrated and refreshed to enjoy the experience of picking fruit together.

Special for 2021

  • Face-covering masks are still required this year, as is social distancing.
  • Gloves, disposable or garden gloves.
  • Step stool (some farms will not be providing ladders this year, so it is BYO if you want to reach the higher-hanging fruit!)
  • Clippers; but be sure to ask the farmers if it’s okay to use them. It can help to not damage the trees and offer a nice clean cut.
  • Credit card or smart phone with touchless payment

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