Annual Peach-Picking Opens to Public Aug. 10 at University Farm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 08-03-2017

Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
David Daley, Associate Dean
College of Agriculture
TEL: 530-898-4539

The annual “U-Pick Peaches” event at the California State University, Chico’s University Farm opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. The farm will remain open for the public to pick peaches from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then until supplies last.

The farm will provide buckets for the picked peaches, but customers must take fruit home in their own containers. The price is $1.50 per pound, and the University Farm, located at 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane off Hegan Lane in Chico, accepts cash or checks only.

The University Farm boasts three different varieties of peaches available for harvesting, which ripen in this order:

  • Hale: Old variety with a reputation as one of the best; exceptionally large, round, uniform freestone fruit is golden yellow overlaid with carmine; firm, fine-grained, deep yellow finish is free from stringiness and has delicious flavor; good for home canning and fresh use.
  • Fay Elberta: Large, yellow skin freestone with little red blush; has fairly good shape and good flavor; flesh is yellow, fine-grained with good firmness; popular canning variety.
  • O’Henry: Popular fresh market and multipurpose variety; large freestone fruit with a round to irregular shape; skin color is 75-100 percent red blush; flesh is yellow, streaked with red; superb flavor; it is very firm and stores well.

David Daley, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, reminds the public that the ripening process for peaches can be unpredictable and that they don’t all ripen at once.

“People just need to realize this when they pick, whether they’re looking for something to eat right away or need to let ripen for a few days for canning or freezing,” Daley said.

The farm staff ask that customers refrain from picking up or eating any fruit that has already fallen to the ground. Additionally, the staff urges customers to treat the fruit and trees with care and to not pick or squeeze green fruit, as it will cause bruising.

For peach-picking updates, contact the University Farm’s Peach Hotline at 530-898-4989.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The university was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016.