CSU, Chico News

Peach Picking Time Coming Soon

Date: 08-10-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

Pick-your-own-peaches at the University Farm, California State University, Chico, is anticipated to begin (depending on weather) on Aug. 23. This is several weeks behind the usual beginning of the season and a week behind first estimates. There are peaches picked by students that are ripe now and available at the farm office.

“We’ve had a cool summer,” said Dave Daley, associate dean of the College of Agriculture and University Farm administrator, “so the peaches are ripening almost three weeks late. People have been calling us since July to see when the peaches would be ready. Many have made it a family tradition and return year after year.”

Peach picking at the farm is open to the public and usually runs for three weeks, with several varieties ripening at various times. Red Haven peaches, picked by students, are ripe and available now. Three other freestone varieties, O’Henry, Fay Elberta and J. H. Hale, will be available for picking.

Picking will begin at 7 am, Monday through Friday, and end at noon. Ladders and picking buckets will be supplied by the farm, but pickers will need to bring their own transport containers. Agricultural students are available to answer questions and help where needed.

The peaches are $1 a pound when picked by customers and $1.25 a pound when picked by students. There is no limit on quantity. A certified scale is available to weigh the fruit.

Daley said that they are trying to schedule picking on at least one Saturday for those who can’t come during the week.

To verify that picking has begun, call the University Farm office at (530) 898-6343. The farm is located on Hegan Lane in Chico. Directions can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/ag/farm/index.shtml.