CSU, Chico

Tuesday Last Day for Peaches

Tuesday Last Day for Peaches

The U-Pick Peach Orchard at the California State University, Chico Paul L. Byrne Memorial University Farm will close for the season on Tuesday, August 12. 

The University Farm is located at 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane, and the U-Pick Peach Orchard will be open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon until peaches run out. The price is $1.25 per pound and can be paid by cash or check. Buckets are provided for picking, but visitors should bring their own containers to take the fruit home.

University Farm Administrator and College of Agriculture Interim Dean Dave Daley said the orchard opened a week earlier than originally planned in order to avoid possible crop losses due to brown rot, which can be caused by excessive moisture and hot temperatures.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this change may cause folks who were planning to come out to the farm next week,” Daley said. “In agriculture, we do everything we can to anticipate the ideal ripening point, but weather and other natural elements often impact plans.”

The University Farm U-Pick Peach Orchard features Red Haven, Hale, Fay Elberta and O’Henry peaches.

Peach picking and storing tips:

  • Bring your own containers to take the fruit home.
  • Do not pick up or eat any fruit that has already fallen to the ground.
  • Peaches are delicate and should be handled gently to prevent bruising.
  • Look for peaches that have a yellow or creamy white background color. Green coloring means the fruit is not yet ripe. Red coloring is only an indicator of direct sun exposure and does not reflect ripeness.
  • When you get home, remove peaches from their container and sort for ripeness. Store ripe fruit in the refrigerator to extend shelf life. Fruit that needs more time to ripen can be stored on the counter out of direct sunlight and not touching each other.