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 hours for stone fruit, though of course always call the hotlines ahead of time as the farms open and close depending on fruit availability and conditions.

Covid-19 Safety Note: For 2020, 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 June 26th and 27th with Westley Apricots. We visited and it wasn’t crowded and there were apricots a plenty!  $2.50 per pound.
Available Stone Fruit: Apricots: Patterson and Westley, Nectarines: Diamond Ray, Sparkling May, Sparkling June, Peaches: Babcock Blush “White”, Flavorcrest, Galaxy UFO “White”, Red Top Earirich, Sierra Gem, Springcrest, Summer Flame
Remember: Bring your mask, CASH ONLY
No reservations necessary. Beat the heat & come early! Open at 8 am to 3 pm
Location: 1600 Eureka Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513
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

Moffat Ranch, Brentwood

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

Peach Picking in Brentwood
Brentwood gets hot! So wear a hat and come early | Photo Credit: Julie Herson

McKinney Farms, Brentwood

Location: 25221 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood
Update Hotline: (925) 634-7830
Available Stone Fruit: Snow Bright white peaches, Artic Sweet white nectarines, and yellow nectarines.
No reservation necessary.
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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 mid June to mid August, Peaches Late June to mid August. Will be open Thursday, June 25th for Blenheim/Moorpark Apricots and Pluots. 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 necessary.

Chan’s Fruit Stand and U-Pick, Brentwood

Location: 2600 B Walnut Blvd., Brentwood
Update hotline: (925)-325-0640
Instagram page (@chansfruitstand)
No reservation necessary. $2.50 per pound, 2lb minimum.
A popular stand with delicious strawberries. No shade when picking though, so wear a hat!

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.
Location: 2017 Walnut Blvd, Brentwood
Update Hotline: (925)-634-4400
No reservation necessary.
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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.

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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 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 2020

  • Face-covering masks or bandana. All farms require those 12 and over wear masks.
  • 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!)
  • Credit card or smart phone with touchless payment

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