timberland baby booties Chico State farm opens orchard to public peach pluckers
Chico >> At $1.50 per pound, the peaches are practically flying off the Chico State University Farm trees. to noon until fruit is gone.
just comes out to have a good time, said crop technician Kevin Renker. bring their own boxes and also we have buckets here to pick into, but people go out and fill them up, and some get carried away and get more than they wanted, and some know what they want and haul them off by the truckload. Signs point to the orchard, which is found by taking the main road straight through the farm to an area with peach and almond trees. Workers help weigh and pack peaches into boxes, but customers have to do the picking work themselves and they must bring their own container to take the fruit home.
Renker described the best way to find ripe peaches.
for the most color, if you reach up and give a little tug and they fall off, he said. don have to give them much. You don have to squeeze it. Just kind of cup it and pull it down, if it falls off then you golden. That could change as the trees are thinned out, but Renker said there is plenty of fruit, and for the first time, the farm plans on keeping the orchard open to pickers through the weekend.
had peaches close to the end of the weekend last year, so this year we hoping for more of the same, he said. never know, the next four days, we could have a crowd like today and it could wipe it all out.
are most beautiful peaches I seen, she said. crop is just gorgeous. said she visits the farm every year for a few buckets of peaches that she usually dehydrates or freezes to enjoy year round.
Another customer visited the orchard with her daughter and granddaughter for the first time.
was beautiful, there just such and abundance of beautiful fruit, it was great, said Chico resident Cindy Christie. like to support the local growers, and this was a way to actually support the university, the ag department, and the price was right. 11px;